Saturday, 18 June 2011

Cardigan finished

After a bit of faffing managed to get the collar of the cardigan done. I think it was because I don't usually cast of the back of the collar but keep these stitches on a holder, whereas the pattern said to cast off all 64 stitches. With a bit of dividing etc I still kept the back of the cardi for the collar on a spare needle and cast of the end shoulders. (but there were still two stitches short as the front shoulders had 18 stitches and the backs either side 17!)I don't know why some patterns cast of for the collar as it leaves a lumpy line all the way along so I've always kept these stitches on a spare needle and then instead of picking up stitches they are all ready to be knitted. (I hope you understand all that!!)

Anyway here is the finished product. It looks nicer in real life. The things I would change would be having buttons all the way down and the hem which I think looks to bulky for aran knitting and so I would do either a cable to match or rib so it looks neater.
 It looks a lot nicer in real life.

Collar detail (with the added brooch)
 It will be put away for the winter.

I was given a huugge bottle green aran cardigan which is unused and doesn't fit anybody. So I thought that it could be unravelled and re-knitted into a smaller size. Does anybody know how to effectively get the crinkles out when it's been wound into shanks or balls?

Now to think of the next project which might be the rather large cross stitch as I have sorted out the threads onto spools but there it ended!


  1. Wash the shanks then let them drip dry. You can add a little weight to the bottom to help them straighten.

  2. It's beautiful, Penny! You have so many different talents!

  3. Goodness what a mega project - it took me 11 years to finish a jumper for my brother, and that was only because someone else helped me finish it. I do wish I had the patience to knit something like this.

  4. You take my breath away with your ability to produce handcrafted designs of all kinds! What a stunning piece of work.

  5. Thats a really nice cardigan, well done you xx

  6. Hi there, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your highland monkeys, what a collection.
    You have done a great job of your cardigan, nice work.
    best wishes Julie.C

  7. What a beautiful sweater. I'm so jealous of anyone that knits cabled sweaters. It's on my list of things to do and learn.

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I appreciated the wonderful comment.
    Marilyn in NM

  8. Please! tell me there is something that you CAN'T do! please!!

    Love the cardigan x

  9. Hi Maypole yes there is see above post about woodwork!!!