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the cardigan that wasn’t

When I started thinking about my yoga wrap cardigan, I imagined it in a cotton yarn that I could wear in classes all year round. Browsing in John Lewis, I saw a child’s sweater made up in Rowan Purelife Organic Cotton DK, and it was gorgeously soft and drapey.

So, in a classic case of optimism winning out over realism, I bought some and started knitting. Why optimism over realism? Well, stocking stitch and me have had some unhappy interactions in the past. I know that I struggle to get even tension and that my knit stitches tend to be looser than my purl stitches. I know that inelasatic yarns such as cotton are likely to exacerbate this problem. But, seduced by the lovely sample in the shop, the soft colours and the softer yarn, I nevertheless went ahead and cast on.

I completed the yoke and both arms before deciding that I could not go on any further. The sleeves, knit in the round, were not perfect, but were so much better than the yoke that I really couldn’t pretend to myself that the yoke was fine.

It was actually quite hard to get photos that fully show the problem – my camera appears to be amazingly forgiving! I also spent a ridiculous amount of time shifting yarn along the rows to try and even out the tension, so these pictures are already an improvement on the original state of my knitting.

On the reverse side, the differently-sized gaps between rows are pretty clear to see. I think that I will use this yarn instead for a project that involves either lace or cables.

It was a relief to stop working on this version of my cardigan. Once I switched to the Rowan Felted Tweed that I am using the whole project took on a much sunnier aspect. My tension is still not perfect, but this yarn is so much more forgiving that even I (my own worst critic) am happy with the results.

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new project: yoga wrap cardigan

I have had in my mind for some time now a cardigan that I want to knit.

This cardigan has a wrap-around front and three-quarter length sleeves. It is knit simply, in stocking stitch, but has a pretty picot edging all the way around. The cardigan has raglan sleeves, and is shaped to flatter and fit my shape. At the bottom, the back is slightly longer than the front so that the wraparound part sits smoothly on my waistline. The picot edging is crocheted to give a little stability to the body of the cardigan when it gets wrapped around. The ties at the back are a continuation of the crocheted picot edge.

Having spent a long, long time trawling through patterns on Ravelry, I realised that the cardigan that I want to knit does not yet exist as a pattern. This one (Rav link) comes close, but it’s not, quite, right.

So, I’m making up my own.

I am using Barbara Walker’s brilliant Knitting from the Top as the basis for this cardigan. The yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed, which is a seriously lovely wool/alapaca/viscose blend.

This is my second choice of yarn – I had problems with my first choice which I will write about next time. On this version, I am almost down to my armpits, and am loving loving loving it so far!

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