Yes, I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged. I’ll spare you the excuses! I’m back and with an FO too. I started this little cotton cardi last summer and finally, FINALLY, slogged through the last bits to get it finished. I joined the Stashnburn Slog-along on the group’s Ravelry forum and it was just the motivation I needed to get through the sleeves, buttonbands, and other finishing touches. I’d tried to work a little here and there over the last 3 or 4 months, but really committed to finishing in the last week or two. And here it is!
I like it with only the top buttons buttoned (as intended):
But I wanted the option to button the cardigan completely, so I added extra buttonholes and buttons on the bottom half:
Pattern: Rosalind by Elizabeth Klett of A Mingled Yarn (Bonus – it’s a free pattern!)
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport (60% cotton, 40% modal) in the Hydrangea colorway. This color is most definitely NOT sky blue or aqua. It is really more of a periwinkle/lavender color. I don’t know why the pics are so different.
Needles: US size 3/3.25mm 24 inch circulars.
Buttons: 5/8 inch pewter
Size: Medium (with modifications – see below)
Cast on: July 19, 2009
Finished: October 30, 2010
Modifications: I decided to lengthen the body as I wanted a cardigan that hit a little lower on my hips. I also eliminated the eyelet row for the ribbon. While I think the ribbon is very cute, I wanted a top that didn’t cinch in at the underbust.
Thoughts: I LOVE this cardigan! The yarn is very soft and smooth with just a bit of sheen. I hope it doesn’t stretch out as it seems a bit heavy, but this is my first experience with a mostly cotton top. The pattern was well written and error free. The instructions were easy to follow and I think the elements look so nice together! I love the vine lace and especially like how it is repeated on the sleeves.
I’m looking forward to wearing this top. I just may be able to wear it a few times before the weather turns cold and I have to put it up until spring. I’ve always had good timing with my knitting. A wool vest in July: a shawl in April, and now a cotton short-sleeved sweater in October. Oh well! At least it’s done and waiting for me. I’d love to start Hallett’s Ledge soon. Maybe I’ll have it done by May just in time for summer.
Tiger says, “Wake me up when you’re done.”