Little cardigan with leaf buds

‘Marcie’ cardigan (pattern by Sarah Hatton from the book Little Rowan Kids)

This is my first attempt at textured rather than Fair Isle knitting and I have to say, give me Fair Isle every time. Well, that’s perhaps a bit harsh. I like the look of the knitted article. I like the yarn, Rowan Baby Merino Silk dk (66% wool, 34% silk) and enjoyed the feel of it when knitting. The colour is wonderful (Bluebird, No 684). I quite liked knitting the buds too. It was just that the pattern didn’t give precise instructions about whether to bud or not when decreasing for the armholes and the top of the sleeves and sometimes the decision making became too arduous (especially if I was trying to have an eye on the television at the time!). Much undoing ensued. Perhaps when I do similar knitting again I shall know more what I’m doing and feel less burdened by making my mind up.

‘Marcie’ cardigan (pattern by Sarah Hatton from the book Little Rowan Kids)

Having started this little cardigan over Christmas I had put it to onside when the going got tough. With the recipient’s birthday looming, I fired up the knitting needles and pressed ahead, which was a good thing as knitting meant to fit a 3 year old is just right for our birthday girl celebrating her second birthday.  I thought the sleeves were too long and a bit too narrow and in the picture in the pattern book  you can see they are wrinkled around the arm yet sit well down the wrist. If I knit the pattern again I might make the sleeves a bit fuller.  (Gosh, just look what I said there. It’s like having a baby – straight after you think never again,then suddenly you surprise yourself by considering the next one!) I was pleased to raid my button box and find a nice little card of buttons from Liberty, bought in the old century but never quite right for anything  – white splattered with colour like mini Jackson Pollock paintings, they are fun but not too shouty.

‘Marcie’ cardigan (pattern by Sarah Hatton from the book Little Rowan Kids)

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  1. Posted May 13, 2019 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    I’ve learned not to say “Never Again” – it all too often transmogrifies into “Next time….”. It’s turned out charmingly. I think my inclination would be to not bobble in the underarm area, in case of excessive abrasion..

    • Mary Addison
      Posted May 14, 2019 at 11:01 am | Permalink

      Yes, not to bobble under the arm near the arm pit. I agree that the first time doing many things can be trying but then you learn by doing and repeating the process is usually never as bad as you think. Kind of you to say it turned out well.

  2. Amara Bray
    Posted June 2, 2019 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    What a darling little sweater! To go with a darling child.

    • Mary Addison
      Posted June 2, 2019 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

      Such a kind comment, Amara. thank you.

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