NaKniSweMoDo #8 finished!
I’m quite happy with the cardigan, although I’d hoped for it to have a bit more ease. It’s my own fault, though – I didn’t bother to swatch, and my gauge turned out tighter than the other things I’ve knitted with Cotton Fleece for some reason. So it ended up fitted enough that I’ll only be wearing it over sleeveless tops, but that’s OK. It looks good, so I’m not disappointed. Maybe I’ll end up making another one in a different color and make it larger, for a different look.
I’m still going to look for better buttons – these are OK, but look pretty plastic-y in real life. And I’d rather have gotten full round ones instead of these half-round ones. But they’ll work for now. I actually found some that I really liked, but the tag said “Do not wash, do not dryclean”. o.O
I can’t decide if I like the scallopy edges of the button bands or not. Sometimes I like them, and sometimes I think I need to get some ribbon to line them.
I guess I’ll wear it the way it is while I look for ribbon. If I don’t find anything I like, I won’t worry about it. So far I haven’t found anything I’m all that excited about. I can’t find a green that is at all in the same color family, so it will have to be something contrasting. There were a lot of cute ribbons in patterns, but they all looked a little too casual or modern, and didn’t really suit the style of the cardigan. I did actually find some gorgeous silk ribbon in a matching color, but I don’t think it would have gone through the wash very well. So far the only things I’ve found that would work are a boring cream-color, and an orange (much like Norma’s new shawl) that would be kind of an interesting surprise. Hmmm. Maybe that wouldn’t be such a good idea. Norma might steal the cardigan to wear with the shawl.
Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, in “Olive”, slightly over 4 skeins (I had to use part of a 5th skein to do the neck band).
Needles: US 6 (4 mm)
- Lowered the waist shaping by 2.5”.
- Did the buttonholes as k2, yo, k2tog.
- Increased the length of the sleeves by 3”.
- Rolled neck edging like Margene’s. I picked up 3 out of 4 stitches around the neck, and worked 6 rows in stockinette before binding off.