In the last 2 months, I have finished 2 cardigans & also a couple of smaller projects. This is the 1st time that I have done this as I usually become a little tired after knitting one. But these 2 patterns were just irresistable & I had to knit both.
1st is Elphaba which is a top down cardigan with a lace border at the bottom. The designer, Mary really produces a great pattern & the instructions are so well written. After knitting Simplicity, also by Mary, I knew I had to knit Elphaba. I love this cardigan & I used Handmaiden Casbah which is the perfect yarn.
The fit is perfect & I love the lace border at the bottom as well as on the sleeves. I did increased the length of the cardigan as well as the sleeves as I had plenty of Casbah to keep me going.
2nd is Every Last Yard. When I read about the construction of this cardigan, I knew I had to try it. The cardigan is started with knitting a strip for the collar & then stitches are picked to form the body of the cardigan. The construction is really clever & the collar is knitted on as you go together with the body.
Again there is lace at the bottom of the cardigan & also on the sleeves. I used Cleckheaton Country Silk which I bought on sale at Morris & Sons when I was on holiday in Melbourne 2 years ago. I had a bag of 10 balls & I used 9.25 balls as I increased the length of the cardigan. The bag of yarn costed $30 & it is a lovely yarn to knit with as well as to wear but unfortunately, It's discontinued.
I think I will now take a break from cardigans (although I have a few on my queue) & do a few more small projects.