At long last!

Can you believe it? I finally finished the Cropped Cardigan; all the seams have been sewn, ends woven in, and buttons attached.

Yippee!!

Technically, this project took over a year to finish, but a lot of that time was spent in hibernation. If I had worked on this continuously, I estimate the actual time would be about 4-5 weeks.

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I’m very happy to be finished with it, and overall, I’m pleased with the end result. I can see some places where my technique improved over time. For instance, the twisted cast-on I used for the ribbed hem is noticeably looser in the back, and it was the first piece I worked.

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I had bought two bags of Bongo cotton for this sweater from Herrschners. One of the bags turned out to be faulty; each skein had one, two, or three KNOTS. Ugh! After a bit of pouting and grumping at these naughty skeins, I turned this negative into a positive. I used the opportunity to practice weaving in the yarn as I knit. It has pretty much become habit now.

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I love the textured columns, but the bumpy yarn does contrast a bit too much with it. Overall, it’s fine, but if I ever knit this pattern again and with cotton, I would definitely seek out a smooth yarn. (And if you’ve knit the Charade socks, the textured columns are the same stitch pattern: herringbone rib aka vertical weave.)

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I found these cute flower-shaped buttons at Wal-Mart, and love how they look. Plain round buttons would have been boring, and colored ones didn’t seem to work.

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What a journey it has been; this cardigan was my team member for Amazing Lace last summer (fyi, in that post, some pictures don’t work), then waited patiently for me to finish the sleeves and final assembly. Tomorrow: her final destination!


Pattern: “Cropped Cardigan” by Deborah Newton, Beginner’s Guide–Knit Stitches and Easy Projects, Leisure Arts Little Books #75003 Size: Medium (43?) Yarn: Four Seasons Bongo, white Needles: Clover Bamboo US 7, Susan Bates Quicksilver US 6, circulars Started: May 12, 2006 Completed: August 11, 2007

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9 Responses to “At long last!”

  1. trek Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 6:35 am

    Oh, so pretty! Love the buttons, they work very well with the lacy knitting.

  2. Chris Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 7:07 am

    It’s gorgeous! I think it works well in the bumpy cotton.

  3. Connie Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 7:25 am

    I like the bumpy yarn – your sweater turned out really cute! I take it that this is for someone else when you mentioned it will be on to its final destination?

  4. Guinifer Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 7:41 am

    Well, that really is a pretty cardigan. I, too, like the bumpy cotton!

  5. Tanya Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 8:35 am

    Wow! I didn’t even know this was in the works! Beautiful!

  6. Deb Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 10:16 am

    Congrats! It always feels good to finish a large project. :)

  7. Rina Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 11:38 am

    I was wondering when you are going to post this cardigan. It’s very very pretty. I like the bumpy cotton because I haven’t seen this type of yarn being used for garment, but it worked really well. The buttons work well even though it’s white.

  8. Jeanne Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 2:04 pm

    Beautiful FO! Being able to weaver in ends as you knit is a very good skill to have.

  9. mrspao Says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    That is a beautiful cardigan! :)

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