i’m really glad that this old thing is finally finished. if i’d started it now, i would have made some changes and paid more attention to the details, but it’s still a wearable and quite nice little cardigan. i’ve used cotton, though not the rowan 4-ply that is used in the original, instead a mercerised cotton yarn from a swedish yarn manufacturer, kampes. it’s slightly thinner that rowan’s 4-ply but it has a nice texture, almost shiny.
another green cardigan. i think i own at least five.
pattern: lucky, clover lace wrap from stitch ‘n bitch nation
design: melissa wehrle
yarn: kampes mercerised cotton 8/4
yarn source: ljungqvists garn
needles: 2,5 mm and 3 mm circular
started: june 2005
finished: august 2011
back of cardigan
a summer cardigan
i don’t really know where i first read about it, but there is a blogger who always have a drink to celebrate a finished project. i adopted this tradition a long time ago, but i usually forget to document it. in my opinion, the most suitable drink for this cardigan is a pastis. probably because the girl modelling it in the book is wearing a beret, but i think it has a french… touch? anyway, since stefan helped me with the photos, he had one too. salut!
laban helped out with the sewing, of course
i’ve worn it twice already, although i’m not a 100% satisfied with the fit. the sleeves are a little too tight, and it’s a bit too short for my taste, but it’s still ok. my next cardigan will be woolly. and not green.
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boxes of yarn may come in handy when you least expect it.
for instance when painting cupboard doors
we’re using them when renovating our kitchen.
cupboard doors were green, now they’re grey
i knit whilst waiting for the paint to dry. which doesn’t take that long actually when it’s warm and dry out.
laban likes to participate
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on an impulse, i decided to try to finish this old thing instead of buying new yarn for a summer project. i started this cardigan in june 2005, so if i finish it soon, it will only have taken me six years! and i’m really looking forward to wearing it! does this mean that i am totally unaware of current fashion or that the design is timeless? i’m going with timeless design.
there was even a kal for this wrap/cardigan way back when that i joined with great enthusiasm. experience has since taught me not to join knit-a-longs since they are the kiss of death for my knitting projects. join a kal and loose all enthusiasm! don’t misunderstand me – they’re great – but they don’t work for me.
anyway, i found a finished back, a finished right front and the beginnings of a left front in an old knitting bag and decided to give it another go. luckily, i’d scribbled all my project notes into the book, so it was easy just to pick it up where i’d left off. the tricky thing is always gauge of course, my gauge tend to change from day to day, but so far it looks ok.
the colour is a bit off in this photo
i only have a few cm left on the second sleeve and a veeeery long neckband to knit and after that it’s time to block! my goal is to finish the whole thing by the end of the week. i have no idea if it will actually fit in the end. i guess we’ll see!
i have more finished pieces that these now
i actually have a bunch of fo’s that i haven’t blogged, i’ll try to remedy that soon.
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