Friday, 13 June 2014

Tiny Tea Leaves Cardi




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.




10 comments:

  1. Actually, I like the fit, very sophisticated.

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    1. Oh she will love that! Thanks Nicole.

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  2. Cardigan looks terrific! Love the colour. You did a super job knitting and your tension is perfect.
    The yoke detail is reminds me of the yoke on the Village Frock.
    Was the button band added on? Could it be made the same way as In Threes?
    I'm not keen on adding length to sleeves using DPN's and have found some really short circular needles from a place in the UK (Loveknitting) and they have worked out well thus far.

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    1. That's an interesting thought about the button bands. When you complete the yoke though, it isn't a straight line. More like a stair shape around all the lines of details. I should probably just practice my picking up more.

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  3. What a cute cardigan, I love the colour. I hate picking up stitches and try to avoid it wherever possible!

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    1. Thank you. It was a satisfying project and I will have another go soon.

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  4. I have no idea what any of that means, but it's really pretty! I'm amazed by knitters, you seem so very clever!

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    1. Ha! Thanks. I am sure if you decided to have a go, you would be brilliant.

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  5. It's gorgeous - love the color and the design (the yoke is amazing)!

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    1. It is a pretty yoke isn't it! I kept it on my wishlist for a while before tackling it. I feel like a New Years resolution has been ticked off ;-)

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