Monday, 12 November 2012

Knitting Progress- Nearly there?

As I mentioned a while back, I'm working on the Milena cardigan.
Progress has been intensely slow- I feel like I've re-knitted most parts of it about 3 times!
Seriously though.  This pattern has been an utter challenge!

But I've made progress:
Hastily taken snap complete with morning hair
I have calculated and re-calculated, and tried it on a bunch of times.
I've had to add length in the shoulders because the armholes were too tight.  Then I had to figure out how many stitches to pick up for the neckline.  Ugh, I did it about 5 times.

I knitted the first button band twice.  I also spent forever trying to figure out which buttonholes to make and in which size.  The pattern has pretty much no instruction on it.. at all!
Also, I feel like there should be another button hole in the neckline ribbing.  It looks like it sits fine in the pattern photo, but mine gapes.  I wonder if I should add a snap (might be easier than a buttonhole)?
I think I'm going to rip back the neckline ribbing a bit and make it less tall so that will help the gaping anyway.

Ooh but guess what, though- I learned how to do short rows!  Fancy!  I learned from watching the free Craftsy course.  There are short rows in the neckline ribbing so it's taller in the front than the back.  There are also short rows in the sleeves, but I haven't gotten to them yet!

But.. I'm almost there... I think.  So exciting!  Although... I don't think I can knit the sleeves in the round with my 60cm (24") circulars.  I might have to go shopping... experts, what do I need here?

So guys, any advice?  My advice to you is not to make this cardigan unless you want to think a lot (or if you're plenty experienced)!!  Although if you had access to my copious notes you might fare a little better ;)

p.s here are my buttons..  I'm very happy with them!


  1. It looks fantastic! Well done for sticking with it, I wouldn't have had the patience! Re the sleeves, you could do them on double-pointed needles, or buy a longer circulars, about 100cm should do. I would go with a snap at the neck, you've done enough ripping back. And aren't short-rows great?! Good luck with the rest of it. :)

    1. Thanks a lot for the advice. I reckon I'll buy longer circulars so I can magic loop :)

  2. ooh, I am so proud of you for figuring this all out! Think of how much you have learned on this project! Fantastic.

    Neckline - If you frog back it shouldn't gape as much and you could add a littl snap...or a couple little snaps. Or you could do an afterthought buttonhole. They look pretty easy once you get over the scissor/yarn combo.

    Arms- do you know how to magic loop? It is pretty easy, so you wouldn't have to buy a new needle...but I find it rather tedius. I prefer double pointed needles, personally (though love magic looping for doing two at a time now! AMAZING.)

    That short row course is great, isn't it? I want to put short rows in everything now...and do them two at a time...heh.

  3. It looks wonderful - but complicated! It is a beautiful cardigan with all those details. It sounds like you are learning a lot knitting this one :) I have no knitting advice to offer but I can say I love the color and I think buttons you are using are perfect.

  4. Hi there! I hear you're Wellington based - a few of us Welly sewing/craft bloggers are having a meet up on Saturday 24 November, if you want to join us. :-) Few more details on my blog here:

  5. It looks so cute and you look happy with it!

  6. This looks beautiful! Can't wait to see it finished!

  7. I understand your frustration when things take a long time - I have spent months on many of my projects. Hang in there and keep truckin along. You'll finish. I promise!

  8. Thanks guys for all the encouragement!! I'm pushing on through! :)


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