Saturday, 14 November 2009

At last!

I finished the cardigan!
Actually it needs a slight adjustment to the neck opening, maybe another button, but yep, it's definitely finally all knitted. Lovely and warm and very autumnal. The older girls aren't so keen on it, they say it looks too old for me and that it should be more fitted but there is a special reason it's a size bigger than it should be.............I wanted it big enough to cover two. No not another bump.............I want to wrap it around both Heather and myself. It's very warm work carrying a lump of a baby against ones body no matter what the weather is, and I find it simply too warm when I wear a coat so the cardigan is the way to go. Tried it over us both when Heather was in the wrap and it's just about right for a front carry. So I'm very pleased. Shall I show it off?





The details? Patons shadow tweed in shade 6202. Seven 100g balls in total to knit up an approximate size 12/14. Well I'm a 10 just now and it fits around me and Heather. The yarn costs around £4.50-£5 per ball but luckily for me John came across the yarn originally in the car boot sale priced £5 for 6 balls. Not so fortunate was that I had to go buy another ball at full price to finish the collar. But £9.50 total cost is pretty good for a handknit wool mix cardigan don't you think? Knitted up on 7mm needles so should have been a quick knit but because of the overall moss stitch pattern it took a little longer. The yarn is lovely to knit with. It is a chunky yarn but in a single ply so the stitches can be a bit fluffy and occasionally I put my needle through in just the wrong spot and so had to have a quick look that all was well. The colour changes are fantastic, working in long sections of deep green then turing to rich russet red before going back to green again, with lots of subtle flecks of gold, blue, orange and lighter green. The flecks are barely there but are a lovely surprise flash of colour as you knit.
So there you go, I can finally stop going on about "that" cardigan and enjoy keeping warm and snuggly in it instead. And get back to the christmas list.........

5 comments:

Karen said...

It looks lovely well done!! And well done John for finding a bargain!! My heart skipped a beat when you said it was to cover up two!! I thought you were adding to the brood! I'm sure you and Heather will have many a snuggly moment in the lovely cardi!!

Joxy said...

Lovely :-)
I keep meaning to make something for myself for when I carry Rye because I get far too hot and sweaty wearing a coat - but alas I havne't got around to it yet.. and by the time I do I doubt Rye will be asking to be carried lol.

I get the impression that it is quicker to work something up in knit than crochet? Is that right?

Pippa said...

I love the thought of a cardigan that's big enough for a baby to be inside too, what a great idea!

Shazronnie said...

It's lovely. I'm a big fan of variegated wool!

lilac73 said...

It's great, I'm sure you and Heather will be lovely and warm in it :)