Sometimes it’s great to have a simple project to knit!

The purl stitches are actually the same on both sides it’s just a slightly dodgy picture…..

It’s been a little while since my last post. I have been recovering from having my wisdom teeth out reeeeeeeeeeeeally sloooooooooowly! It’s been very frustrating and I can confirm that wishing yourself well and getting all upset about it isn’t an effective way of making yourself better. Indeed I think it make things take longer….. However I am once again able to eat actual food and off pain killers and antibiotics and I am very pleased about that.

While I have been feeling rubbish I have been very pleased to have my Boxy by Joji Locatelli to work on. I have made lots of progress as you can see. It was perfect for feeling grim (and dreaming of solid food) as it didn’t require me to use my brain in anyway; just knit around and around!

As you can see it is huge! I’ve made the smallest size.  While it was on the needles it looked stupidly big!  Once I’d bound off the shoulder though and  tried it on I realised that the outside edges actually form part of the sleeves. They go up to my elbows at the moment. My only concern now is how well it is going to drape. It’s a really light open fabric so I hope it will work nicely but there is a risk that it’ll be bulky under the arms.

At the moment the bottom is curling under. This is a little bit worrying as a curled-under bottom will look a bit odd in such baggy jumper. However when I made Larch it curled under at the bottom but came out after blocking so I’m hopeful that the same thing will happen again.

I’m really loving the colour that I have chosen. It’s a sort of oaty/biscuity brown tone (drops alpaca 0618 if you’re interested). When you’re ordering onlineIt can be pretty hit and miss in terms of exact shade ( I once thought I was ordering grey and ended up with purple) so its pleasing to guess right this time.

All I need to do now is pick up the stitches along the neckline and the sleeves and then I’m done. I’ve had to stop for a little while as my arthritis is playing up. It’s very annoying as I’m itching to get it finished as see how it looks!

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Larch cardigan- finished!

It look a bit like the hem is uneven in this picture but it isn’t really I promise!

I’ve finished my Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers. I am very pleased with it indeed. So pleased in fact that I was happy to wear it for pictures on a day that is far too hot to need a cardy (I took it off straight afterwards).

I used Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca for this pattern and once again I loved it. It’s cheaper than most other alpaca, lovely to knit with and really soft to wear. I used some of the wool I had left over from making my Bridgewater Blanket which felt like another money saving. I really like the colour and think it’s great for a summer cardigan.

I used 3.5mm needles for a lovely open fabric.  I really like the way this has turned out in the final cardigan. It was a little tricky with the bind-offs as I had to make them really loose to stop the fabric from puckering around a really tight bind-off. Before blocking it looked a bit dodgy where I’d cast off around the neckline (before picking up the stitches) but now it looks fine.

If I was making it again I would add on little pockets like annabear2005 has done here. I think it looks really cool and I love pockets. However, it’s too late for that now so my only option is patch pockets. I have a little bit off wool left so I might give it a go.

As you can see I haven’t put any buttons on yet and I’m not sure if I will.  I tend to think that buttons just at the top emphasise your tummy and highlight any sign of a gut (this would particularly bad after lots of cake and I am very partial to cake).

The pattern was really well written and easy to follow and over all this was a very simple knit. Picking up the stitches for the collar was a bit annoying but I got into the rhythm of it in the end. It took me a little while to figure out that I needed to stop picking up stitches at the end of the curve before the straight cast off stitches. The twisted rib became very tedious in the end but it looks nice so it was worth it.

All in all I am very pleased!

Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers

While I’m fiddling around with lace and counting repeats with my Hélène by Veronik Avery I need a simple project when my brain needs a break. The Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers fits the bill perfectly.

I”m making it with Garnstudio DROPS Alpaca in grey. I’ve used the exact same wool and in the exact same colour before and I really liked it so I’ve decided to use it again. I’m after a really loose fabric so I’ve used 3.5mm needles.

I’m very please with progress so far and I’m very excited about finishing it!