I don’t know if it is correct to call something “heartbreakingly lovely”. But in my opinion, this wee cardigan for my niece fits the bill. I’m so, so happy with it!
I don’t know why it took me so long to gear up and knit the final sleeve. Perhaps I just didn’t want the project to end? It’s the colours that I’m particularly happy with. The combination of honey, cream, greens and pinks are so fortuitously harmonious.
Even though I saved myself a lot of trouble by knitting this in one piece up to the armholes (as opposed to separate pieces), the millions of ends I still ended up with took a couple of evenings to sew in. Looking at this picture still makes me feel a little stressed…there.were.so.many!!!! I have now decided that steeking is an excellent idea, and I shall be trying that out for my next colourwork project!
I decided to forgo buttonholes, and used snaps instead, reinforced with ‘fake’ buttons and some pretty pink ribbon, to make it look ‘finished’ and give the bands strength.
This cardigan is such a pretty combination of pure wool from around the world. There’s a bit of Jamieson & Smith Shetland jumper weight in 2 ply (greens), a bit of Rowan Scottish Tweed 4 ply (pink – thanks Kb!), and some Australian eco merino (brand no longer available) in cream and honey. The pattern is from Debbie Bliss’ book Special Family Knits. It’s the Fair Isle Cardigan. Click here for my Ravelry notes if you’d like more details (I will post more photos to that page, but there’s an issue with loading photos to Ravelry at the moment for some reason).
I can’t wait to see my littlest niece in this one.