Finished: bouclé yoke sweater


A nice sweater!

Warm, not too heavy. Only weighs 400 grams. Sympathetic yarn, both the Irish Donegal yarn and the handspun bouclé, with the nice memories of the Tour de Fleece and the Dutch Wool Diva batts that I used.

And it wears so comfortable!

But when I’m reaaaaaally comfortabel….. strange things start to happen:

This is me, in my sweat pants. I don’t think I’ve had sweatpants before…. this is my first time wearing them this century anyway, I’m sure.
Man they are comfortable!

The sweater is comfortable too.
Only strange things happen here too. It rides up.  And when that happens….the handspun yoke…. it bulges.

I look ridiculous. Comfortable and ridiculous. And sparkly.
Please don’t ring my doorbell, I won’t be coming to the door like this.

Comfortable and sparkly! Snug too. Me and the cat, in our knitting chair. Cup of tea. Batch of brownies (still can’t make them properly. First they were too cakey, now they are too eggy. Third time a charm?)

It’s a good thing this project is finished. Now I am ready for the Wolbeest cat sock yarn that is due to arrive tomorrow! And I got to do some drawing:

“I sparkle on the inside!”

(in this sketch I was exploring the inking style of illustrator Scottie Young. Amazing artist.)

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Decided to knit on

The bouclé yoked sweater is not going great. The body is too tight, the armhole starts too low and the first sleeve is too tight. The second sleeve is not too wide but I can rip out just a few rows and start decreasing:

Ugly fold at the back:

When will I learn that I have a sway back, a very sway back?

But the yarn knits so easy! It’s that good old Irish Aran yarn, Donegal Heather, from a sympathetic source: Springwools in Dublin Ireland. So I knit on and on and told myself it’ll be alright. Probably.

Today I knew the day had come. Look at it honestly. Seriously consider ripping it all back and starting something new. Because this knit does not feel 100% right. And it should.

I even did a search in the database of Ravelry for sweaters with the gauge I get with rhis aran yarn: 16 stitches per 10 cm (= per 4″):

But I had a good look in the mirror. It wasn’t as bad as I thought. Somehow, in the city, before my little mirror, it looked worse. Here, at the cabin, I can see myself wearing this. Even if the yoke runs too low and the armholes are not 100% comfortable.
The tightness of the body is not that uncomfortable.

If I pull the yoke up, so the sleeves are higher at the underarm, the body is too short. And too tight at the wrong places:

Well, don’t pull the yoke up high then. Wear it lower. With a little discomfort at the underarms yes. But not too much. Very wearable.

So, contrary to my own inclination and resolve to only knit 100% enjoyable knits, I am going to finish this knit. It is not perfect but the yarn knits very friendly. And I’ve been wanting a white-green sweater since forever.
(I can always rip it next year.)

By the way, someone should use that spinning wheel, the Nordic Slanty. It’s such a delight!

Aaaaand I happen to know there’s some shortstapled yak in one of those boxes. Throw it at some carders, make into rolags and spin with delight!

Alright alright, as soon as I’m done flicking and spinning the Merino. And washing the second batch of Merino and flicking and spinning that, AND finish spinning the browngrey organic fleece AND flicking and spinning the black and white organic fleece that’s currently about 1 cubic metre. Then I’ll get right on it.

Day 2 at the cabin

I had a lovely day at the cabin, with again lots of wool things.

I did a little bit of spinning when I was fresh out of bed and sipping my morning tea:

When I rested I did some more knitting at Emma, a pleasant knit:

When I didn’t want to think or look at my knitting I worked on the Noro legwarmer:

But the main course of the day was the sleeve surgery at Contiguous Blue, the latest problem being that when the cable read “turn every 3rd Right Side Row” I forget to translate this to knitting in the round:


This is not the same cable as higher up the sleeve, it turns too fast.

You know what I have to do:

This is the fourth time I’ve ripped back this sleeve.

First I knit this sleeve following the exact instructions from Deco Cardi which is knit in the same yarn and the same size needle so I figured: “homerun“.
Not so much.
Since “KNIT SLEEVE ON BIGGER NEEDLES” is written in every sweater pattern I do because my gauge tightens in the (small) round I had knit the sleeve on 5 mm needles. Like I did on Deco Cardi. But with Contiguous Blue there was a nasty hickup visible because the transition is mid-sleeve.

With a sleeve where you pick up stitches around the armhole and knit downwards bigger needles are fine. (Deco Cardi, Pumpkin Ale)
But when it’s a yoked cardigan and there’s already half a sleeve there, changing needles leaves a visible difference between the existing and the new knitting.
I learned that with Contiguous Blue.

So I ripped out the sleeve and reknit it in needles 4,5 mm, telling myself to relax and keep a loose gauge with every stitch. Then I learned that this sweater needs a different pace of decreasing than Deco Cardi. It grew way too tight when I follow the numbers from Deco Cardi. Is this because of the cable? Did my row gauge change when I changed needles? I don’t know. All I know is that I had knit to the elbow but had to rip it all out and start again.

On the third time knitting this sleeve, on the right size needle, rememebring to knit relaxed and loose and finding it’s own rate of decrease I then relearned that I shouldn’t forget to tug the p-stitch before and after the cable. Because I often have laddering between p and k stitches and around the cable it was especially showing this time. I had learned this previously from this sweater but having it parked for a couple of weeks I had now forgotten. So had to rip out the sleeve. Again.

So there I was the morning before we left to go to the cabin: reknitting the sleeve, on the right needles, with relaxed gauge, having a right pace of decreases and remembering to tug the p-stitches. That’s when I learned that when a cable turns every third right side row it actually means it turns every sixth row…

That’s how you go from knitting to and fro to knitting in the round. That’s why my new cables look so small and tight compared to the ones higher up the sleeve. But nicely tugged though, no laddering.

Today, at the cabin, I eventually managed to do everything right:

btw, doesn’t the wool wear well, after being knit five times? It’s of course Irish bred and spun wool: Donegal Heather from Donegal Yarns.

Now I only have to design a detail where this cable blooms into some kind of flower. I want this on the sleeve and also on the bodice. But first I’ll knit on this a little bit as is. To chisel how to knit this sleeve into my muscle memory.

Today I also tried on on Holle Cardi. It’s not entirely dry yet and I want to attach the buttons before I call it finished. But here’s a sneak preview of me picking off the numerous cat hairs:

This yarn was a true hair magnet and since I knitted this project as a stress relief I didn’t bother to pick them out while knitting.
Real finished photos will come when I’ve attached the buttons.

The Indigo is blooming:

Next to it grows some bright yellow “smurrie” on the tree stump that holds the bird feeder in Winter:

It’s called “witches’ butter” in Dutch and “scrambled egg slime” in English speaking countries. It’s Fuligo septica, a living being that’s neither a plant nor an animal.

I plucked a bit more reed flowers and tried to dye some cotton t-shirts:

Something’s not going right here….
I added more reed. Cooked it for another hour. Still looked weird. Might the flowers be too late in season? No green to be seen.

By then we had to leave for the city. So I turned down the heat and left it as is. It will slowly cool and then it will sit in the pot for a week, hopefully developing some colour.
A little surprise for me to unveil when I return here next Friday.

Let’s hope it’s a surprise low on “smurrie”, witches’ butter or live creatures…

I then stuffed wool, cats and myself in the car and we drove to the city. I was knitting on my Noro legwarmer, the one where you have to carefully stack your colours, when:

hmpf! A knot in the ball with an abrupt colour change!

A little wile later: HMPF 2!

I don’t need Noro to make this colour coordinating any more difficult than it is!

When I’m in the city again there will be tea and a cat on my lap and knitting on Emma. Wollmeise has excellent quality control and no knots in the regular skeins.

First time knitting a Contiguous cardigan

After finishing Deco Cardi the left over yarn was laying about the house.
The cat showed her appreciation and head butted the cake a couple of times. I petted it whenever I walked by. I may have bounced it of someones head once in a playful show of spousal love.

Anyway. Short story short:

That’s a fresh cast on for a second Donegal cardigan. This time with round accents such as leafs or flowers. And round cables at the edges.

I’m trying out the contiguous technique. Contiguous is a way of increasing stitches while you knit top down and everything happens at the same time but in a logical, easy to comprehend way. Shoulders, back and front panels and sleeves come into existence all at the same time. It’s a flattering fit for people who have squarish shoulders or broad upper torso, just as set in sleeves are (and raglan sleeves are not).

Contiguous as a principle was developed by Susie Meyers. She explains the “recipe” for free.

I found a pattern that uses the same gauge that I get with this Donegal Irish Heather yarn: 14 stitches per 10 cm on needles 4,5 mm. The pattern is Ecological Wool® Manly Henley C243 by Vera Sanon:

pic by cascade yarns

It’s a men’s sweater and it’s free.
I made some modifications to the pattern since I want it to be a cardigan and I want a V-neck. I also want a cable on the shoulder, continuing onto the sleeve and opening up there in some sort of flower.

After only a few rows the shaping is already visible:

That’s the top of a cardigan all right. Back panel is at the top, left and right are the shoulder pads with their cable and at the front two front panels are growing.

But this is as far as this one grows. I’m going to frog it and I’m going to start over.
There are two things I want changed. One is that I want to attach the button band or neck band right from the start. As is I would have to pick up stitches after finishing the body and then knit a band sideways. Pretty much like you do with a standard cardigan pattern.

I like a cabled edging for this cardi, to match the cable on the shoulder. It would be a nuisance to knit that as an afterthought. And I’m not sure if I’m going to make it with the yarn I’ve got left. I used exactly half a kilo for Deco Cardi which means I should have 500 grams left, enough for just one more cardigan.
But cables eat yarn…

Knitting top down and everything at once I can just knit on until I run out of yarn. No worries that a button band is missing.

To learn how to incorporate a neck band from the get go I’ve looked at another contiguous pattern. It’s the wonderful cardigan Danshui by yellowcosmo:

Such a friendly lace pattern! And Oh! What great colours! With that necklace and lipstick and wonderfully careless hair!
One day I hope to knit a Danshui for myself, in a thin yarn. In a great colour and a worsted spun yarn (Wollmeise, Malabrigo, Hedgehog) and be careless and sun kissed like this knitter is.

Danshui has a gauge of 22 st per 10 cm so it’s perfect for another fingering weight. But not now, I’ve got many fingering weight projects going on at the moment. I want quick result aran weight.

The other thing I want to change in my blue cardi is the increases. Increases occur in every row, both Right Side and Wrong Side. I chose to increase with Left Leaning Increases (LLincr) where you knit the stitch and then add a stitch using the stitch under the just knitted stitch.
But it’s leaving holes (they are horizontal in this picture):

Here’s the same piece held up against the light, at the bottom are the stitches from the previous photo. At the top I’m trying out different ways of increasing:

One way to increase is knitting through the front and the back loop of a stitch (Kfb), which is the way the pattern asked me to do right from the start…
Only I do not like Kfb particular because it leaves little bumps. And it does nothing for my holes, I’m such a lose knitter!

There’s a Raveler named Mwaa who has studied various ways of increasing in this method and how they turn out visually. Wonderful study!

Her best sample uses LLincr twice on any Right Side. No increases on a Wrong Side at all. Just place two increases next to each other on a Right Side Row. Looks good.

On Ravelry there’s the Contiguous Group. A whole group dedicated to this way of knitting sweaters, pullovers and cardigans. They have given some serious thought to this whole increase thing.

There’s a wonderful instruction video from who thought of an ingenious way of increasing without holes. You use the stitch one stitch away for making a new stitch from.
It’s a bit confusing that at one place you use the stitch TWO stitches below but at the other side you work in the stitch ONE stitch below. Until I realized in the first instance you had already worked that stitch and in the second not, they are stitches in the same row.

Anyway, I studied some ways of increasing, including the one from the video. Still a bit “holey” but less then the others. I’ll study some more with eliminating the p-stitches around the cable and work from k-stitches only.

ohooo, ElfN likes to study increasings too! I love how technical this craft can get.
ElfN uses the same cleverness as the video: work in a stitch one stitch removed from where you are. But she uses the stitch in the other direction. I like it!
She has an example with a cable too. Then the p-stitches could return. Making the cable more pronounced and even making it possible to work the whole sleeve in reversed stockinette stitch.

I tried out the various variations:

same piece held up against the light:

No, most of this doesn’t work for me. Either too much holes or too tight to work comfortably. It’s like I’m a knitting Goldilocks!

But I can help myself. I like the video-increases-two-stitches-over best and they’ll probably look good if I tension up the p-stitches up a bit.
So that’s what I’m going to do. Just remember to “pull the purls”.

A FEW HOURS LATER:

I did it! A top down beginning with neck band simultaneously knitted!

I’m slowly remembering to pull the purls, the p stitches on the shoulders are still a bit holey and loose but I’m getting there. Overall I’m knitting fairly tight, I guess I’m a bit nervous to see this developing under my hands. Will drape it around my neck now, to make sure I’m not knitting too small a size.

And I’m so pleased with how the collar turns out!

It’s a simple 2 x 2 cable with 2 edge stitches. But I made it turn in different directions at the Center Back.
And I made sure it attaches beautifully to the back panel. And I just reworked some stitches at the front panels so it has a p-stitch ridge between the cabled edge and the front panel. Look so good! Really pleased!

PS I just put it on my shoulders and O BOY! The shoulder pads sit smack in the middle of my shoulder (seam). The neck band doesn’t rise so high up my neck that it might itch. The neck lies beautifully flat. It flows to the front naturally.

O boy, o boy, if I can keep it up and do everything right this too will be a fine cardigan!

Progress on Deco Cardi: a better diamond

I redesigned the way the diamonds stack together:

There’s a purl in there and the dominant line doesn’t cross over to the diamond below. In the next stack the other line will be dominant so as to alternate in each individual diamond.
It kind of works. It’s a bit hard to see by now because I’ve frogged this piece for 15 times now and the yarn at the purl stitch is getting a bit fuzzy. Fuzzy yarns conceal things.
But I’m ok with this, I’m working downwards now, I want to get this cardi in progress.

The hip increases have already been put in. I’m back at the total stitch count of 108 stitches now, the same that will go into the lower border.
I’ve also started two other stacks of diamonds. They will be two diamonds high. The one in the picture will be four high.

I’ve spend some days grubling about. (to gruble = Norwegian for pondering and I personally insert some muttering as well)
Because I was rather dumb when I positioned that first stack of diamonds. Its centre stitch is in line with the border I want to knit, it is at stitch number 39. Which is actually number 41 once the hip increases are in place. The border is *1k,3p* with extra k at the end. (and two edge stitches which I forgot and have to fudge once I approach the border.

But as I want the diamonds at the bottom in a particular rhythm of high and low diamonds I needed this stack to be anywhere but #41. At the moment it forces one side to have a high diamond and the other half a low one.
The two sides of the front panels will never mirror each other when it’s at #41. I tried and sketched and thought about other sizes diamonds and magically increasing some parts and end up with 112 stitches or even 120, just to make things work.

I could bore you with the mathematics but the summary is that I did it wrong and it’s never going to be right.
I don’t understand, I spend hours designing it and counting out stitches in the first place. How can I’ve made this mistake?

In terms of solving this mistake I spend the last few days trying to make the numbers work nonetheless, but they won’t. Along the way I’ve given up on putting a pocket in there. That would require my last brain cell to overheat, I’m sure.
I seriously contemplated frogging it all and starting all over, placing the first diamond at a more appropriate number.
But having knit that part sixteen times already and having no guarantee my head will be good this time I decided against frogging. There we are. My left front panel won’t match my right and that’s the end of it. If the cardigan-police comes by and dares to comment I’ll refer them to my off-kilter Minty handspun Wintertrui 2014. It’s a design feature, darling!

But the head not working has me rather annoyed. It’s a real nuisance when you unexpectedly encounter bad mental capabilities.
I guess I better get used to it because it’ll probably progress with age. And I better be on alert whenever I’m under stress or relapse in ME because that’s when the head goes too. I’m still muttering a bit, all this reknitting and redesigning has cost me so much knitting time.

While grubling and grumbling and getting my head to work I did get a lot done on the Spring Brioche shawl though. Because once the thinking is out of the way the actual knitting is smooth sailing. Especially in quality yarns.

Picking up Deco Cardi

The last thing I showed you on Deco Cardi was back on January 6th, about designing the diamond shape. Later that week I took this picture which showed something important. Then I ripped back a few rows and then I had to leave the project because my shoulder really hurt. Then the cat fell ill and I followed suit and my brain went mush. Since then I’ve looked at this picture a couple of times and all I remember is that it shows something important but I’ve not been able to decipher what.

“Important”:

Last Wednesday I remembered!
Yes, Weird Wool Wednesday did turn out to be a good day for knitting, once I got out of bed. It seems after all these weeks of ME I finally got my knitting brain back and on Wednesday I understood knitting again!
There are particular things in the diamonds that do not please me.
The diamond shape is now defined by overlapping diagonal lines. Instead of just being outer lines of the shape it’s now all about the lines themselves. I don’t like the look of that.

Also I had employed some tricks to try and make the shape stand more apart from the background of plain stockinette stitch that were not working. All line stitches are knitted through the back loop and the shape itself has an extra border of purl stitches around it.
This doesn’t work well. Not all twisted stitches contribute. And the purl stitches have an issue with tension. That’s solvable but requires knitter compliance. Hmm. Not this month, thank you.

The last I did before I put this knitting project in time out was rip back to the beginning of the diamond. I did design something that addresses the two issues I mentioned and then I knit six rows anew. I noted the new diamond on a piece of paper. Did not take additional notes.
Then I put away the project. Lost my head.
I did carried it with me, to and from the city, in those weeks, but couldn’t understand it. Until two days ago!

On glorious, sunny Wednesday I sat down with the knitting. Couldn’t find the paper with the notes. Didn’t understand one word of the staccato blurbs I put on my Ravelry project page.
But I had the knitting and knitting I can read.
And boy, did I feel clever! Because I slowly started to understand what I saw. I understood the cabling, the twisting, the wideness of the diamond. It all made sense and it all fitted together.
My brain really functions again, yay!

The six rows I did knit way back in January had the start of a new shape and it’s a nice diamond, with clear defined edges but not too much “lineliness”. I was able to complete it.
The top is nice and crisp:

It’s a very clever top too. It looks like two lines start the shape but that’s actually a three stitch cable. The third stitch ends up in the middle, as a purl stitch. But there’s not one stitch crossing both its companions, because that would leave a hole somewhere. No, this is some sort of “braid cable”. Very clever, if I do say so myself. And I do.
Also: some of the stitches are twisted but some are not, to employ their “direction” to the maximum. At the bottom some change direction in twist.
I was able to knit the shape it a bit further, into the whole diamand you see above, trying to get a feel for the desired width and length.

I now had to make decisions: how large do I want these diamonde to grow? How and where should it meet the others? Should there be extra lines for emphasize? Interior decorations? How will they grow stems that are knitting all the way down and dissolve into the border of *k1,p3*?

I knitted a little swatch to figure out the exact shaping of the diamonds:

One is as large as the one on top, it’s a bit long, almost leave like, it also has a little detail inside. Meh. The right one is smaller, with clearer edges. More diamond shape. That’s the one. It cannot have interior decorations.

It is 7 stitches wide (5 centre stitches, 2 outline stitches). My border at the bottom will have a four stitch repeat: k1, p3 (with some k stitches slipped). I have 108 stitches on the needles and I remembered that this was significant. Further waist decreases will be nulled by hip increases, this 108 number was important…
108 is 27 repeats of *k1,p3*. (remember to account for edge stitches once you reach the bottom)

This will fit 13 diamonds. Next to each other or in a syncopate pattern. From each diamond and from the stitch between them a column of k stitches will descend.
I like these diamonds all to have the same width and same height. 13 is not a lot. Better use vertical stacking as the only design play. Use sparsely.
I scribbled a bit on a checkered notepad to get a feel for them. I really had a good time on Wednesday!

Since then I’ve ripped back to the top of the first diamond a few times. Because my tension is now different from when I knitted the top. It was more tense. Riprip. The second time around it was too loose. Riprip.
Now it’s acceptable. It still differs from before but it’s okay. It’s at the waist where the cardigan can be more fitted. And blocking might produce magic?

By now I’ve got this new diamond shape design down to a T. I love it!

But looking at the picture I see I’ve missed the bigger picture: the diamonds do not stack up correctly. The line from the top one goes straight on to form a line in the bottom one. That’s not what I want. I want individual diamonds stacked on top of each other. Not some trellis thing.

Back to the drawing board for me.
But I’m having fun! Glad to have my brain back in gear. And lovely to knit with this yarn again! It’s so soft and round and fast and its smell is so friendly!

I’m not sure… did you know that I like Donegal yarn?

Finished: Peabody Sweater!

I did it, I spend the last hours of 2014 figuring out how to finish Peabody Sweater!

I was right, oof!, it’s pretty tight. This was clearly knit at a time when I was not yet appreciating wearing ease much. Of course the pattern by Leila Raabe is close fitting but there’s “close fitting” and there’s “not needing your body muscles to keep you upright”.
To be clear: I did not use the stitch counts in the pattern, this is all my own doing.

I’ll be wearing it for a bit to find out if I enjoy wearing it. If I don’t I’ll have to do something about it. The yarn and the pattern are too nice to have it just laying in the woolen closet.
But I might like to wear it as is. It’s nice to wear tight fitting clothes when I’m in the city.

It used 320 grams of Donegal Soft, which is a Merino yarn in aran weight thickness. 605,7 meters (662.4 yards) on needle 4 mm. It is soft! Soft enough for next to skin wear. I’ve got another 600 m left… hmmm!
Here’s the link to product page of the Irish wool spinner: Studio Donegal.

This yarn I bought online at Dublin yarn shop Springwools, which still has a flat rate shipping of 3 euro (5 dollars?)
(I swear I’m not being compensated for mentioning them, it’s just that I love local/European spun yarns and companies celebrating traditional skills and products)

This is what I started out with, yesterday afternoon:

All knitted up save for one shoulder, one neckband and two gaping holes at the underarm.

It took a while to reverse engineer what I had done with the one shoulder that was already finished.
It turned out I knitted shortrows on the front panel part while at the same time gobbling up the stitches of the sleeve cap. Decreasing one with each turn (no wrapping).
I tried to do the same for the unfinished shoulder:

When I was at the top, with one stitch left from the sleeve cap and close enough to meet the back part, I kitchener stitched it closed:

The live stitches on the back panel were used and new stitches were picked up around the neck hole to add a neck band of 2 x 2 ribbing, matching sleeve cuffs and border. I picked as many stitches up as the pattern says, suggesting I have the same gauge the pattern has (18 st/10 cm). I might have used the stitch numbers from the pattern after all… Just knitted too small a size roundwise perhaps.

Anyway. That only left the holes under the arms. I reknitted those again and again, having no idea what I was doing. It was such a big gap! I did shortrows and 3 needle bind off and some kitchener. It took a couple of attempts to get something without puckers or sagging bits.
It looks alright now. From afar. And I was pretty much done with the old year and knitting this anyway so I declared it FIN(e).

I just have to be conscious not to stand in front of a light and raise my arms because my secret armpit pocket might show.

Secret Armpit Pockets? Well, that’s 2015 off to a good start then!

Today I’m going to soak and block both Peabody Sweater and Wintertrui 2014 and … I don’t know… roll around in some stash? I hope you do something fun too.

Cast on: Donegal Deco Cardi

For the longest time I’ve been wanting to knit a cardigan with Art Deco decoration.
Last year I looked at stranded knitting for that. Earlier this year I tried to start it in brioche stitch because that was easier on my shoulder. And recently I trawled the Ravelry pattern database and Pinterest for Art Deco garments and got so inspired!

And now, in the last days of 2014, I’ve actually cast on with a design all ready in my head and with gauge spot on!

Here’s a neck hole, shoulders, front and back panels and two sleeves all on one needle! And on one cat!

It’s a top down cardigan, in that blue Donegal Heather aran weight that magically appeared in my house around Saint Nicholas’ birthday. Needles are 4,5 mm and a gauge of 14 stitches to 10 cm (= 4 inches)

The pattern says to cast on with a provisional cast on but I was seated under the cat and did not have waste yarn within reach. I used Tillybuddy’s stretchy cast on and just picked up stitches. You can barely see! It’s at the small indentations on top of the shoulders.

The design will be plain on top (as to provide a stage for the sparkling details of shawls, jewellery and my face) and will feature that beautiful slipped stitch ribbing I used in February Sweater.

Leading up (down) to the ribbing will be some features as inspired Lauriel, from Ysolda Teague:

The beauty of this feature is threefold:

  1. it’s beautiful
  2. it’s worked top down
  3. it’s set in plain stockinette stitch. Usually features and cables are set in reverse stockinette stitch. Ysolda marks the outline of the feature with stitches through the back loop with make the stitches rotate a bit. Clever.

NOTE TO SELF:
must change bottom of feature so it will line up with a single slipped stitch column.

The cardigan pattern I’m using is Viola: Short-sleeved cardigan by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes
It’s in the book French Girl Knits and has the same gauge I knit the Donegal in. I love it when I don’t have to think and can just follow instructions. My mind is then free to do other things such as listen to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, read by Stephen Fry. Or think about the universe of Serenity.

It has a button band worked sideways so I can play a little with how roomy the cardigan will be. I’ll again use the slipped stitch ribbing which comes from the pattern Deco by Kate Davies:

One of the Art Deco patterns that provided inspiration.

And it’s showing a cardigan over a fun dress!
I love fun dresses, I’m trying to make some. I’ve just made one practise dress from the pattern I got at Saint Nicholaas’ birthday: Bleuet Dress by Deer & Doe. My dress is not good enough to show you but here’s the pattern. With a bow in the back!

Update finished Februari Sweater 2013

Oooooh, it’s blocked!

Guess who made time yesterday to weave in all the ends?
Guess who made soup yesterday and afterwards had a bucket of warm water in which the pot cooled, begging to be used?

Guess who remembered she’s tired of keeping her hydrocortisone pills in her bra?

That would be the knitter with an all finished sweater and a snoring cat. I’m going to wear it now, the heating in the cabin is out.