Another completed cardigan and in blue. I’m not sure what’s come over me; prolific cardigan knitting and using the colour blue! This wool reminded me of the sea on a stormy day. (Although yesterday, when we were walking around the cliffs the sea was a brilliant turquoise blue, I am on the lookout for a yarn in just that colour.) I knitted this from aran weight merino so it’s more of a winter garment, but you never can tell in Cornwall it will probably come in handy in July.
I really enjoyed knitting this cardigan with the acorns around the yoke. Carol Sunday’s Acorns Cardigan is not a beginner’s knit, not that it is difficult, it just requires a lot of concentration due to the huge variety of stitches and the use of different increases and decreases. This is my kind of pattern, I loved knitting it. The yoke did take ages. It seemed like I had been knitting it for weeks and had very little to show for it. But once I got onto the body it took no time at all, probably because I could concentrate on the number of rows between increases and decreases which is much better than the usual ‘continue working in stockinette stitch until it measures…’.
I did miss off some of the acorns on the front of the cardigan because I thought it might look better with them just around the yoke, and I think that was a good choice.
A few people on Ravelry have mentioned the confusion with the cuff chart and when I got to that point I realized why. The designer has been very helpful in converting the chart for working on the wrong side but has reversed the purl and knit symbols, so you have to pretend you are working on the right side, i.e. the empty square is always a knit and the square with a spot in is always a purl.
A lot of people have changed the neckline but I liked that part of the design so I knitted it just as the pattern said. I probably should have taken more notice of their comments on the button band. Even before I put it on I could see that it would gap and it does (although not so much when I put it on my tailor’s dummy because she doesn’t move) so next time I will possibly alter the number of stitches I pick up, and use extra buttons. (I have already bought some extra olive coloured buttons for that purpose. But that is several projects away.)
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