Sunday, March 27, 2011

2011 FO #6 - Miss M's cardy

I'm very pleased with this project.  I took a multi piece (back, 2 fronts, 2 sleeves, button bands) bottom up pattern, turned it upside down and made it into a top down body with button bands knit at the same time, with the sleeves knit down in the round from live stitches held until the body was done.  No seams, not even at the underarms (I picked up stitches over the cast off stitches at the underarm) just 6 ends to be sewn in once the knitting was done and buttons to be found.  The body (both fronts and back) were knit from one skein with a whole 5 cm of yarn to spare for sewing in the end.  The second skein was wound into a ball to complete the sleeves.  Buttons were a bit of a challenge, green,and yellow ones were "lost", navy and purple ones weren't bad, orange ones weren't quite right, but the brick red I found were perfect.  It has been a hit in terms of size and has been worn regularly from the day it was delivered.  Can't ask for more than that!

Vital statistics
Pattern: 14. Raglan Cardigan from Patons Australia Classic Baby Knits #54.
Yarn: Ixchel 4ply spun Blue Faced Leicester/Angora, hand dyed to our request.  Thanks to Charly for a lovely colourway.
Needles: 2.75mm bamboo straights (neckband), 2.75mm Aero circular needle (sleeve cuffs), 3.25mm KnitPro interchangeables with Harmony tips (body and sleeves).
Started: October 29, 2010
Finished: February 12, 2011
Modifications: Lots and lots, almost a new pattern really except I used the stitch numbers and measurements as a basis.  Stitch counts from the size 2 used.  Started with the neckband, added extra stitches for the button bands as well and knit the button band in garter stitch which is more dense than stocking stitch so could be knit on the same size needles.  Did the raglan increases as the reverse of the outlined decreases in the pattern (going top down).  Cast off the stitches for the underarm and held the sleeve stitches on a spare needle cord while the body was completed. Knit the sleeves in the round with decreases down towards the cuff in the reverse of that outlined in the pattern.  Measured against Miss M and pulled out the cuff added another inch and then redid cuff.  Need to actually measure the lengths of sleeve and body for future reference.
Verdict: Love how this ended up.  Will probably do it again sometime.

ETA: Find it on Ravelry here.


2paw said...

Oh you are so clever and the red buttons are perfect. Who would have guessed??? What a bonus that is it being loved and worn so frequently!!

Lynne said...

You certainly can't ask for more than that! What a vote of approval. Or as my word veriffication aptly says: "corker"