Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Ta Daaaaaaaah! .... Again.


Last night I wrote ( a much wittier entertaining post than you are going to read here ) my finished project post. I hit 'publish' and it published it in a parallel universe because it most definitely ain't on this one. I asked Twitter. NO help ! I asked Mr G. NO help! In desperation I turned to blogger itself. NO help. Grrrr. So here I am on Groundhog Day showing you my latest finished project! 
 It's a cardigan for Madeleine, Harry's big sister. She was five in February and on a trip to the North East to see the Uni one, I bought the wool and the pattern in a darling teeny tiny little wool shop. 

I started it as soon as I got home. Age 5-6. 
This was on a size 4 needle. I impressed myself with the neatness. The pattern knits up fairly quickly and I soon had the back and a front done. 

 Mads came round and I tried it up against her for size. I was a bit worried about the size, but it is a cropped cardi .... Anyway our Madeleine is a tall sturdy lass and this cardi at this size would have fit her for a DAY! So I pulled it all back, knit the next size up on a size 5 needle. Because I could! It didn't take long at all to get going and before long, I had a back, two fronts and a sleeve! 
 I admit, on the bigger needles, it's not quite as neat as the first one but I was still pleased. Then I came to a stop. I lost my knitting mojo. I started faffing around with cake pops! 
However, of course it needed finishing so off I went. Sleeve two was a right royal P.I. T. A ! Not once, or twice, but THRICE that swine was pulled back. I just couldn't concentrate! I hate sleeves at the best of time. Increasing alters the pattern and I'd made allowances but my holes were all over and the bobbles were random. Grrrrr. But then a miracle. The sun came out, I was off work and I sat in my garden and set to. Finished. Then to my sheer joy I discovered I had to go around the whole garment and pick up and knit for the frill. I'd not noticed a frill on the picture. I did the sleeves first.
Only had to pull it back once! Then a delightful 158 stitches round the back and fronts. Can you tell that I adore picking up and knitting evenly as much as I adore sleeves? Finally I was done! A three hour man hut found the button - isn't it a darling?

Et VOILA! A cardigan is born! 
I only hope she likes it! 
Do you? 

Btw a similar cardigan I spotted in Monsoon was £45
This is knit in Sirdar Wash n Wear doubleCrepe double knit and with the pattern and button cost approx £12 to make. I've plenty of wool left to make a matching bag I think. And I've plenty of other wool to use that I was given to knit another one ( in a while ) for free! 


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I think she likes it! Bit of growing room too! 

3 comments:

  1. It looks lovely. I'm not much of a knitter although always mean to learn more but never seem to get around to it.

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  2. What perseverance Rachel and you have come through in the end! The cardigan is gorgeous I just love the bobble bits and the button....definitely worth hunting for it.Madeleine looks as if she is delighted with it!


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    Amanda :-)

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