the satisfacion of actually finishing something is enormous! last week when i’d weaved in all ends and tried on my new cardigan i felt an incredible sense of acomplishment. it actually fits! perhaps i shouldn’t sound so surprised, but i am. sometimes i am still amazed that i can actually create wearable things.
pattern: “tea time” from rowan classic summer, book 11
designer: martin storey
yarn: rowan ryc cashcotton dk
yarn source: jenners in edinburgh
needles: 3 mm and 4 mm
modifications: i added one extra row at the beginning of both fronts, back and sleeves. i also made three quarter sleeves instead of short ones. i made slightly larger buttonholes, because i wanted larger buttons than the pattern called for.
the yarn is very nice and soft to knit with but to wear it turns out to be a total disaster. it pills like mad, i have to pick long worms of fluffy pill off of it after each time i’ve worn it. i’ve worn it about four times since i finished it and it has already started to stretch out of shape. it’s fanastically soft and comfortable to wear, must be a dream for people who doesn’t like rougher yarns, but i will not buy this yarn again. i still have three balls left and will probably use them for baby clothes for one of my friends’ little toddlers. must be perfect for babies, it’s fairly warm and doesn’t itch at all.
the pattern is fairly easy, but of course it might take some effort to make all ribbed edgings look nice and even. if i were to knit this pattern again, i would make one other modification: i would make the buttonholes on row three, not four, on the buttonhole band. altogether it’s a very nice pattern with a nice fit.
i will definitely continue wearing it, as i said, it’s very nice and soft and fairly warm. i really like the colour, too, but it’s highly unlikely that i will use this yarn again for adult clothes.
and one final photo: