One of my "Before 30" challenges was to knit myself a cardigan or jumper.... and once I've set my mind on doing something, if there's no obstacle to starting, I start. How long it takes me to finish is quite a different matter... but in this case, it was less than two months to a finished cardi, which feels pretty good. I swear, having these goals in mind is already making me more productive, and it's only been a few weeks.
So. Cardigan-making. Not something I'd done before, but I started the way I start all knitting projects: picked some (gorgeous, pink) yarn out of my stash, looked around on Ravelry for a suitable pattern, and got knitting. This was back in January.
It actually turned out to be a very easy pattern, ideal for a first attempt, because it's knit on a circular needle which means no side-seams. Definitely easier than making a back and two front-pieces separately and hoping they match up! So the only really new thing I had to learn was how to make buttonholes.
I knitted the body first, then the sleeves, and picked out some wooden buttons which I thought would complement the chunky feel of the yarn. Then I got slightly terrified at the idea of stitching it all together, and left it in my bag for a couple of weeks! It took an evening with some knitting friends to finally get my courage up. I didn't really know how to approach this part, but I muddled through, and have ended up with adequate-but-slightly-messy seams. Still, I used the same yarn, so you'd have to be studying it pretty closely to see the messy bits. I promise to be neater next time! (My friendly expert Bells has kindly given me some pointers.)
The last step was to crochet a neckline - nothing fancy, just to neaten it off. Fortunately I'm comfortable wielding a crochet hook, and that bit didn't take long at all.
Here's me, modelling the finished article:
The pattern is available online, for free, if you're interested.
|Update 29 May: This is an old post but I'm still totally tickled pink that I have something (pink!) which I made, that I can wear again and again!|