Thursday, May 23, 2013
My Tessa cardigan is a combination of my sloper cardigan pattern combined with a very pretty triple leaf lace stitch from the Kimberley Cardigan. I did knit the Kimberley Cardigan in blackberry wool and all went well until I Attached The Sleeves - puff sleeves do not suit a lady with broad shoulders! After an unsuccessful attempt to remove said sleeves, which involved accidentally cutting the body of the cardigan (*facepalm*), I put the pattern away for a while, feeling quite defeated.
However, I couldn't stop thinking about the pretty lace pattern and how much I loved it. It was the most difficult lace pattern I had done to date and I was quite pleased with myself that it turned out so well on my first go. I was in the mood to experiment with different techniques and needle sizes when I cast on for this project. In my short time knitting, I have tried several different kinds of needles and wooden are the best for me, specifically rosewood. As a secretary, I need to protect my hands and these needles are my tools of choice. I am able to knit in long stretches without any pain!
The original pattern calls for 4.0 mm and 4.5 mm needles. For this cardigan, I knit it all in 4.0 mm. I followed some of the instructions from the Kimberley Cardigan, like the garter stitch and eyelet border, but stuck mainly to the instructions of my sloper. I used Knit Picks' Comfy Worsted in Marina and I have to say that this is my absolute favourite cotton worsted yarn! It is so butter soft and is an absolute dream to knit with! The colours are fantastically saturated and it is actually machine washable.
I picked up stitches for the neckline and button bands, as I find it gives a neater look. I found some pretty pearl buttons from my local fabric store and gave each sleeve a small pleat at the cuff, finished off with a button. Given my love of frothy, full-skirted dresses and high-waist skirts, the cropped waistline of the cardigan works well with my wardrobe.
I am really happy how this cardigan came out. So much so, that I have been experimenting further with my sloper and different lace patterns. Stay tuned for more cardigans!