Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Rosamund's Cardigan

No, it's not for Rosamund, it's for me. It's the name of this pattern from IK which I started last year & had been sitting in my basket for the past few months & all it needed was the 2nd sleeve. I had to stop knitting when the weather was really hot & a big lump of 8ply sitting on my lap was not bearable. Now that the weather is cooling down, I decided to pick it up & finish it. I did ......

..... it sort of fitted me but I wish I had made it looser as you can see the top is quite tight & there's no way the cardigan will meet at the bottom (please ignore the crappy shorts that I was wearing as I was too lazy to change). I think it's also the design as I checked all the projects on ravelry & they have the same feature, ie not meeting at the bottom.

I think it looks better when it's not buttoned up. But I love the yarn that I used - it's Bendigo Luxury 8ply (Ghost) & it feels so soft & warm. It's also gorgeous to knit with & I think this is the best color.

I did made some modifications to the pattern by adding long sleeves & finishing off the sleeves & the bottom of the cardigan with the same cable pattern as the collar. I also use a new technique with this cardigan - tubular cast on for the collar & tubular cast off for the sleeves & the end of the cardigan. I am glad that I use this technique as it really creates a lovely edge .....

..... but I don't think I will want to use the same technique again for the bottom of the cardigan. This was supposed to be a 1 piece project with no seams but I ended up having to graft 208 stitches which was a torture as it took me more than an hour ! But I will do the tubular cast on any time as it does produce a really neat & lovely edge .....

Well, I did enjoy knitting this cardigan although it's not a perfect fit. But if I have to knit it again, I will want it to be symmetrical (equal fronts) & it will be 1 size bigger !





12 comments:

2paw said...

I love the extra details of the cables on the sleeves and hem. That's great dedication to graft all those stitches. I kind of like my cardigans to do up, it's better for the cold weather here!!! Didn't even notice your shorts until you mentioned them. The cardi took up all my attention!!

Rose Red said...

I quite like the asymmetrical-ness of the pattern - although I do think it's less practical in terms of keeping you warm! I like the addition of the long sleeves and cables, and you are so right, the tubular cast on and cast off provide a lovely finish.

Amanda said...

Its a beautiful cardigan. And I also think that the Luxury is a delight to knit with.

Sam said...

Beautiful cardi Ann. I've had the pattern in my queue for a while, you may have given me the impetus to cast on!

Roseann said...

The cabling is so pretty on all the edges, what a beautiful sweater! It will be great for keeping the chill off as your weather becomes colder. You did a wonderful job on the tubular edges. If I recall correctly, you have a birthday just around the corner so Happy Birthday!

Rachel said...

So beautiful! I've admired this sweater since I first saw it but also have been wondering about the fit and the asymmetric fronts..with that said, I think it look great on you!

del said...

It's a beautiful cardigan! I kind of like the open bottom to it. The detail on it is really lovely.

Sasha said...

It's lovely Ann :) What a nice cosy cardigan for the autumn and winter months. The open bottom might not be suited to windy outdoors, but would be lovely in the autumn or inside on cold days. And the cabling is beautiful! Great idea to add the detail to the bottom

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Your cardigan is beautiful. I love the cables and the way that open bottom. I really like your blog. Your first mittens are wonderful! My first pair didn't look half as good. I have added your blog to my blogroll.

Anni said...

It looks gorgeous. Love the cables.

Rebecca said...

Your Rosamund is beautiful! When I saw your photo I thought to myself, "Wow, I don't remember seeing that pattern in IK!" You added long sleeves and I like it much better with those long sleeves. Very pretty!

Bogie said...

Grafting 208 stitches?! Again well worth the effort. Beautiful!