I think this is the best thing I've done this year, you guys. It's one of those "I climbed a mountain" moments. And if the cardigan is a mountain, my trusty sherpa is definitely Gail. (lol!)
Thanks a million to you Gail! You're a gem!
I was pretty scared of blocking, but it was pretty easy after all. You just have to figure out what method you want to use! Apparently steaming is good for cotton. You don't want to soak it since it might stretch out.
I took some before and after shots since I was keen to see how the blocking changed it. I could see that the stitches were more uniform and it opened up the lace. Cool!
|Left- blocked, right- unblocked|
I wore this with my New Look 6872 skirt (my first blogged project!). I think this cardigan would be perfect with a summery dress underneath. Ooh wouldn't it be nice with broderie anglaise? The eyelets in the fabric and cardigan would complement each other perfectly!
|Getting sick of photos in my back yard? Yeah, me too lol!|
I was thinking of stabilising the button bands with ribbon underneath, but I was too lazy to. I think maybe this is more necessary for ladies who are curvier up top! They don't seem to gape too badly. I'll keep an eye on them though!
The neckline at the back seems a bit uneven, slipping lower on my left shoulder. I don't know if that's uneven shoulders or my dodgy knitting. No big deal though! I cleverly picked a shot that didn't show it very well. lol!
I think there could probably be some fitting improvements if I made it again (are the raglan lines supposed to point more towards my armpits? They seem a little wide. And also, my neckline is quite wide too), but overall I'm really happy with it!
Gail is posting about her today as well so check her out! Thanks again Gail for all your help!
|Isn't her cardigan lovely?|
So, yup, I seem to have caught the knitting bug! As you saw previously, I have already started my Francis Revisited.
And I have loads of future knitting inspiration too. My favourites queue on Ravelry is chock full! I have bought yarn for Peabody, Milena, and Agatha (I couldn't help it, it was on sale!). Which to start first?!
p.s OMG guys I only just found out that when you queue paid patterns on Ravelry, you can put them in your wishlist for people to gift them to you! How neat is that? It comes up as a little tab you can select in your queue.
Have any of you used this feature before? It seems like the perfect way to give a knitter in your life a lovely surprise :)
So friends, get to wishlisting!! :) And add me on Ravelry here :)
Happily ever after with Miettes :)