One of the patterns that stood out was the Lilac Beaded Cardigan. It looked like a really good way to learn how to start making larger items of clothing. The instructions were fine, but there were places where I felt there could have been more detail, such as when you bind of some of the stitches to form the underarm of the sleeve. A seasoned knitter who has made sweaters or cardigans before would have no trouble with this bit, but the instructions were lacking for a beginning knitter.
The cardigan is meant to be knit with mohair to give that light, fluffy feeling, but couldn't find any cheap mohair in the knitting stores around here. I went the cheap way and found some balls of acrylic that felt really nice and soft, then stuck right in.
Of course I didn't have any of the needles required to match the gauge, so I think I bought an additional 3 pairs of DPNs and 3 pairs of circular needles to get it right. Gah!
I actually started the project back in January, and I think I made about a sleeve and a half wrong because I read the pattern incorrectly. I left it for a while and made the Totoro Mittens as a break from stuffing up the instructions so bad.
Well, once I finally got started the instructions were pretty straightforward, and it was just a matter of knitting, knitting, knitting. Needless to say the Totoro mittens were much more fun to make. This cardigan was more of a slow slog. I think I got through about 12 seasons of South Park plus 3 seasons of Adventure Time while I was making this.
|After joining the sleeves. I was horrified that I would get them around|
the wrong way, but all went well. I really like the raised decreases.
|Blocking the thing! It's blocked before adding the button bands.|
Things I learned to do while making this project:
- Forming and attaching sleeves
- Making buttonholes
- Mattress stitch both horizontally and vertically
- The importance of reading instructions
The end result! Cosy and warm. I admit that mohair would have pushed it over the edge but I wasn't willing to splurge on yarn for my first cardigan project.
You can see my Ravelry project here, which includes notes and the kind of yarn I used.