Last year at this time I was picking out the yarn I was going to use to knit my fair-isle dress, that I then finished in summer and showed in autumn. As I used different yarn than the one suggested in the instructions that has much less yardage per skeins I orderer way to much yarn and had over 1 kg left of Drops Karisma in all the different colors. I thought about what to make from it, maybe a blanket or some pillow cases? In the end I decided to make a cardigan, who would have thought that?! ;)The best part of this project was that as it was made entirely from left-overs i felt free to try new things not worrying whether the finished project would look like I had imagined it, because I didn’t imagine anything and I didn’t expect nothing from this project.
I simply picked out this pattern as a basic. I chose size S and used the stitch counts and the way of construction form this pattern. However I decided to work seamless and top down. Just because I could and because there were no rules for me to follow ;P
I started by knitting the neck ribbing and I shouldn’t have done that. Should have done that after finishing the cardigan, as you can see the neck ribbing gaps a little. But oh well!
I shaped the back and shoulder with short rows. This is how its done in the pattern, so I didn’t have to think too hard ;) the fair isle patterns are from the drops pattern, the dress pattern as well as from my head ;) I only used simple patterns. Again: because I could ;) When I knit colourwork I like to twist the yarns after every third stitch and this looks like that in the end:
Another fun part I added to this project was, that I knitted in the round. which meant: steeking! Oh yazzz I cut my sweater open in the end. I secured the sides with my sewing machine and then: cut this thing open! And: it worked out great!
The one thing that doesn’t look so clean is the stripe alignment at the center front. To be honest I hadn’t realized that before I saw those pictures. I’m thinking about realigning the buttons, shouldn’t be a big deal.
As this winter is unusually warm here I’m not sure if I will be able to wear the cardigan often! BUT Marvin and I are going to visit Island in May and if this cardigan isn’t the perfect Island-Cardigan I don’t know what is!
But first things first: We’ll be moving soon and I have started to pack my stuff into boxes. They’re kind of in my way now when I want to sew! Also I fear that I won’t have that much time to take pictures and blog. So if you don’t hear from me as often as you’d wish (;)) you know why. I’m already so excited about my new sewing room. It is going to be bigger than the one I sew in now and I already bought purple wall paint! Yay! I’ll show you when I’m done!
Have a great week and check out this cardigan on Ravelry if you wish! :)