It’s nothing short of miraculous. I’ve finished a summer cardigan in time for summer!
This cardigan pattern, Peasy by Heidi Kirrmaier has been sitting in my Ravelry favourites for months. I’ve read all the comments people have posted about it and looked at all the photos of their versions. I think the reason I was stalling was that I was unsure of the sleeves. I’ve never really gone along with the whole three quarter length sleeve idea and, frankly, I was having difficulty getting past the fact that they reminded me of Spock’s trousers. Maybe I should try out some cardigans with shorter sleeves though because I do spend all day pushing my cardigan sleeves up my arms!
I’m glad I eventually took the plunge and started this cardigan, but I did do the sleeves very differently from the pattern and I used an alternative yarn as well. I chose an ice blue cotton which is such a departure from anything I normally use both in fibre and colour. I usually favour warm fibres and warm, muted colours. Once I made the decision and bought this yarn, I was ridiculously excited to get it finished. It is so, so pretty and I just love knitting lace. So much so that I tapered the cardigan’s sleeves, and added sixteen rounds of lace at the cuff to make them full length.
I loved knitting this pattern. I did highlight the instructions for my size and jotted a few notes as there were so many things going on at once. It worked out really well and I have some rust coloured alpaca and merino wool set aside to make another at some point. There was one downside to this one. It did use a lot more yarn than stated – a lot more. I usually have at least a ball of wool over at the end of a project but this time I had to buy four extra!
Now we need some more sun so that I can wear it. My first attempt at getting photos of it ended in disaster as it was too cold and windy out on the cliffs to remove my raincoat or beany, so we had to come back to the garden to take them.
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