Pattern: Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi by Melissa La Barre
Yarn: Cascade 220 (colourway Cyan Blue 891)
Size made: 4
Amount used: 3 skeins (603.5m 300g) I only needed the 3rd skein for the button placket
I have been working on this cardigan for a while now and am proud that it is finally finished. It has been a real learning curve for me in terms of the techniques used to construct it. I have played it safe in the past and knit with patterns that were all in one piece - no picking up stitches. This one stretched me. For a first time, I didn't do too badly. A few mistakes but I will do better next time.
This colour is one of my favourites. I would call it teal but I am sure there are a million other shades to describe it.
The yoke is given this lovely gathered detail in between the rows of garter stitch and it is one of the features that drew me to the pattern. I like how the detail goes all around the shoulders and across the back.
The sleeves are 3/4, which can be lengthened if desired. I had to pick up the stitches for the sleeves once the main body work was done and it was here that I struggled. I have never had to pick stitches up before. If my mum had been here I would have asked her to show me, but I had to go the youtube route in the end. There were a couple of videos that I watched before I got the general idea. The first sleeve was started and ripped out about 4 or 5 times and it made my join a bit scrappy. I struggle with DPN's (double point needles) in such a small space.
The bottom of the cardigan is finished off with the same band of garter stitches as the bottom of the sleeves.
It has come up a bit snug for my girl. I went off the chest measurement and made a size 4. A combination of starting it a while ago, her having a growth spurt, and my tension being a little too tight, has made it on the small side. Wearable, but it will be ready and waiting for L when the time comes.
If I were to make another one for now, I would make the size 5 and add about 2" length onto the bottom.