After my success with the Miette Cardigan, I decided to start another cardigan knitting project – I missed having something to occupy my hands.
For practicality reasons, it had to be black. I wear a black cardigan almost constantly, but a the moment I’ve got two, both originally from the op shop, both acrylic and both falling apart. Ew.
For the pattern, I was after something cropped, sleeves 3/4 or full length and reasonably plain. I searched all over Ravelry, but every time came back to Andi Satterlund. Much as I loved the Hetty cardigan (I’ve been eying it off for ages now), I just couldn’t cope with the idea of doing that lacy pattern in black, of all colours.
I went with the Marion cardigan instead. It doesn’t excite me quite as much as some of her other designs, but hey, it’s meant to be a boring staple. I’ll do the Hetty next – but in a nice pretty colour to do her justice!
I originally planned to do it in cotton, to keep it nice and cool, but I couldn’t find black cotton yarn anywhere. I’m guessing the dye doesn’t take properly to the fibre? I have no idea. Anyway, my grandma (she’s knitted constantly for 60 years) came up and I was talking to her about yarn. I haven’t been able to find an Australian shop I’m happy with. She told me she orders her yarn from Bendigo Woollen Mills – a little scouting around their website and I was sold!
I chose the Alpaca Rich 8ply black yarn from Bendigo (60% alpaca, 40% wool). The balls are 200g, so I only needed two. This made me nervous – surely two wouldn’t be enough! (I’ve knit the whole body and started the neck bands – and I’ve still got a tiny bit left of the first ball. There is no way I’ll go anywhere close to using all the yarn!)
The process of knitting this up has been really enjoyable. Especially in the picture above – Kyle and I went camping for a few days at Moonee Beach, just north of Coffs Harbour. It was nice to just chill by the water with some knitting. It was a very relaxing few days!
I learned a heap knitting Miette, but then this is constructed differently (set in sleeves, V-neck), so I’ve learned a whole lot more. Most of my knitting for both has involved a lot of following the pattern without understanding what’s happening and then later having an “A-ha!” moment when I figure it out.
Cables are something very new for me. A YouTube video or two and I was on my way.
I’m wondering about the pattern though. I’ve been writing out almost every row for myself, especially the bits where it has you repeat rows 1-5, 10 more times, using the cable chart at two different points per row. It’s painful and time consuming to write out, but I can’t figure out how else you could possibly keep track of where you’re up to!
I’ve only made one major mistake – coming down one side of the V-neck I accidentally got my cable pattern switched and knitted the wrong side of the cable on the right side of the cardigan. So I had to rip out about 5 inches. That hurt.
I knit a lot of this while listening to lectures in my study week before exams. It’s amazing how much better I can concentrate on the lecture when I’m knitting! Now that holidays have started, I’m knitting in front of NCIS on DVD. It’s much more fun, but I’m finding I don’t want to go outside. This is a problem.