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.
Collar detail (with the added brooch)
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!