A massive blanket I can actually wear in public

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For a couple of winters now I’ve been craving a massive aran cardigan to keep me warm when the weather gets chilly. A big baggy one, to wrap myself up in, that would easily go over a jumper, basically like blanket that I can wear in public without fear of embarrassment.  This winter I actually got around to doing something about it! I opted for Maude by Carrie Bostick Hoge as it looked super cosy. I was also tempted by Rosemont Cardigan . I might make that one for next year.

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If you look closely you can see the line from where my cardigan was drying on the airer. I was too lazy to block it out properly!

I used Garnstudio DROPS Nepal in cream. It’s a slightly itchy wool but it’s super warm and it’s for the winter so is unlikely to be right next to my skin. It was slightly off gauge, to be honest, but as it was going to baggy I wasn’t too concerned. Indeed, I was so confident that the gauge issue wouldn’t increase the size too much that I went up a size to make sure that it was suitably baggy. In the end that was overkill; I had forgotten that I am only 5’2” and that my knitting is almost always too big….  It’s a HUGE cardigan! At first I was a bit disappointed as it wasn’t what I’d had in mind. I was aiming for big rather than massive. However, as it has been cold I’ve been wearing it anyway and it has really grown on me. Now I’m thinking that it looks kind of cool in a 90s sort of way.

This is what it should look like. I think this model is quite a lot taller than me!

This is what it should look like. I think this model is quite a lot taller than me!

I’m so used to working with 4-ply that it was a bit weird to be knitting in aran. It came together so quickly and my progress was so visible!

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The sleeves are so long I’ve had to turn them up

The pattern was super easy to follow and I ran into no problems at all. It’s a nice construction with the body worked in once piece until you reach the sleeves and then both the sleeves worked before bringing everything together onto a circular needle. No seaming! The button band is picked up at the end and worked in garter stitch. I wasn’t sure about that at the time as I like the stretch of a ribbed button band and thought a garter rib might pull it out of shape. It has grow on me now but I think that if I was doing it again I would go for a rib to pull it all in.

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The buttons look like they are hideously uneven at the bottom but they are fine I promise!

I got the buttons from the lovely Raystitch in Islington last time I was in London. I have a thing for wooden buttons and I think these are perfect for the shade of cream. I normally avoid cream wool for fear of staining it, by chucking tea all over it or something, but I surprised myself by keeping it clean, even while drinking mulled wine! I had planned to put the pockets in as I am a huge fan of pockets but I ran out of wool and was too cheep to order another ball.

Although its turned out differently to the cardigan I had in my head at the start it has really grown on me and has been worn in heavy rotation since I finished it. I work at home and it’s particularly good for chucking on as an extra layer if it’s not quite cold enough to put the heating on but distractingly chilly. It was also AMAZING when I ventured into the icy cold for ice-skating. My toes were freezing but the rest of me was toasty! All in all I would call it a success!

My awesome creature comforts cardigan is finished!

I look a little bit like I am trying fly in this photo

I’ve finished my creature comforts cardi by Madelinetosh and I am very pleased! It’s been a simple and enjoyable knit with lots of stocking stitch to give my brain a rest. It was also really quick as the wool and needles were nice and chunky. I knit in 4 ply a lot so it was amazing to see it grow so quickly.

I get very cold in the winter and I am a massive fan of layering knitwear to keep me warm (I live in London which isn’t actually that cold. I’m not sure how I’d cope if I had to live somewhere that is properly chilly….) so the really awesome thing about this cardigan is that it is massive and can be thrown on over the top of whatever else I’m wearing for a bit of extra warmth.

I’ve used DROPS Nepal which was a pleasure to knit with and is super cozy and warm. It’s knitted up in a cardigan which is  really snuggly and comforting. It’s also a decent price (£2.00 a ball).

The cable looks amazing; it’s a really clever pattern. Easy to knit but very pretty.

The construction is very simple. It’s basically just a big rectangle with the cable in the middle. I was tempted to leave it as it was and have it as a blanket.

Here it is blocking out on the spare bed

To put it together you sew the short sides together leaving a hole for the arms. The final bit is to pick up stitches for the cuffs.

Here it is before I picked up the stitches for the cuffs

I’m a bit lazy about checking my gauge but I imagine if I had I would have noticed that this wool is a bit off gauge as the fabric is a little too dense for the design. Ideally this top should be really drapey so that it hangs nicely . The one I’ve made is a little chunky. I suspected that this was going to be the case as I was making it so I’m not too bothered.

The only real problem with this cardigan is that I won’t be able to wear it with any of the coats I own as it doesn’t look like it will fit underneath any of them….As this is the kind of cardigan that you snuggle up in around the house on a chilly evening I don’t think that will be too much of a problem!

My boyfriend tries to make me laugh when he’s taking pictures……Not a very flattering look!

 

 

Autumn Leaves- finished!

 

My Autumn Leaves Stole- I think it looks very pretty.

My Autumn Leaves Stole by Jared Flood is now finished and I’m very pleased!

I started it as a way to use up some aran that I’ve had lying around  and to pass the time while I was off work.  I wasn’t sure how the stripes would look but it’s come out really well and I really like way the colours work together. The lace pattern was easy to follow and because of the big wool and needles it was a really quick knit.

My hand looks very large in this picture but you can see how snuggly the scarf is. Another picture where I have wet hair though....

The pattern is knitted in two parts and then grafted together. This meant that I finally had to get around to working out how to do kitchener stitch. I thought it was going to be tricky but with the Knitty tutorial it was quite easy.

The scarf comes out lovely and long and its also quite wide so it’s really nice and warm. The winter is sneaking in and it’s getting colder so it’s a perfect time so have a lovely warm scarf. Also because I made it from wool I had lying around it was practically free!  Now I just need to knit myself a new hat and I am ready for the proper cold weather.