I really don’t knit quickly AT ALL, but I am pleased that I have finished this cardigan finally!! I started this on the plane on the way to the US in May. I did a little bit here and there and then the knitalong started and I thought “yeah, this will keep me motivated”. But apparently not 😉 In fact, I didn’t even sign up for the KAL, I am that hopeless!!
But persevere I did and I finally finished it!! Actually I finished this about 6 weeks ago, but it has been too hot to put it on and snap it for the blog. Yep, my timing is amazing, finished just in time for a heatwave.
The pattern is Miette by Andi Satterlund, Ravelry link here. I made the size 38″ and added one pattern repeat to the body to make it longer. This cardi is short otherwise! Not just short, but more of a crop top! A look I haven’t rocked since the early 90s, and I am not keen to go there again any time soon.
I used Valley Yarns Colrain which is a merino/tencel blend and feels super soft. The only problem is that it pills. I can only assume this will stop after a while and I can just shave it in the meantime.
Whilst I didn’t follow the KAL, I did refer to these tips from time to time. For me knitting is always a chance to learn something new and being self taught it is nice to get some advice on the best way to do things and I knew my method of picking up for the button band and neck could do with improvement. Youtube also has to be a knitters best friend, this tutorial on picking up stitches was definitely helpful and I have changed my method now.
I believe that even a beginner knitter could make this. In my opinion if you can knit and pearl stitch you can do anything as any pattern is just a variation on these two stitches. It’s just a case of getting your head around the weird codes; KTBL, CO, PSSO, but that’s where Google comes in!!
This is a fairly quick knit, even for me, and the required wool is thick so you can see your progress. The instructions are super clear and best of all, the pattern is FREE!!!
Whilst you are checking this pattern out, have a look at the rest of Andi Satterlund’s patterns, I think give enough time I would make almost all of them! Speaking of which, I have started her new Hetty pattern and so far it is going well…wonder how long this one might take me!