Friday, September 29, 2006

Latte cardigan

The Latte cardigan or more correctly "Kay" from Rowan 40 is finally completed. It was not without some frogging and reknitting. Here let me show you in pictures.


I followed the instructions to the letter and found that the neckline was very floppy and just a little too wide. It's more obvious in the picture below. The pattern calls for 9 stitches to be cast on for the button and buttonhole bands. But that was just too much.
So what am I to do?? Frog the collar and the button/buttonhole bands and reknit the whole darn thing. Instead of 9 stitches I made the bands 7 stitches. I also incorporated 8 knit togethers (evenly spaced through out the neckline) on the row after picking up the stitches for the collar. Much happier. The collar is definitely less wide and floppy. Now I have to find 3 buttons and block the cr*p out of the rolling button bands. I'm sure it's a design feature but it's annoying me. Sorry for the crap photo but it's been pouring in London during today.
Pattern notes
Pattern - Kay from Rowan 40
Yarn - 6 balls of Rowan Big Wool in Latte, pattern calls for 7 balls
Modifications - described above. I also don't think I'm going to put in the leaves from the pattern.

Overall - pretty happy with this knit, especially with the weather turning decidedly wintery!!

10 comments:

mary said...

It looks like a nice snuggly sweater, especially when it's chilly outside... probably perfect for your climate. Curl up with a cuppa tea and relax!

Maud said...

Love your cardi! I must admit I hadn't even noticed it in the mag, but I think it looks great on you. Are you going to add the loops too? It looks great without also, so I'm curious.

Becky said...

That is so cute! You look so cuddly in it. And I know you're going to think I'm crazy, but I looooove those rolling edges. They look so charming.

forbidden knitter said...

Well done, it looks lovely! You must feel so comfortable in it, just right for the colder months.

Rain said...

It looks lovely and cosy. Just right for this time of year.

ra said...

nice warm cardi there. Isn't it irritating when things don't pan out how you expect them to, looks lovely and cosy though. I like it!

kateandmonsters said...

Love it! You're right it was a crap day in London, but happy because you've got such a snuggly lovely cardi for when you get chilled:)

Kathy said...

OH I love the whole sweater Ling. The yarn is gorgeous. I love the rolling edges too! let'm roll!

It is probably all that Londony rain that is making it roll anyhow!

ruth said...

Like everyone else, it DOES look so cuddly and cozy for a cold evening. very snuggly and lovely!

blog-blethers said...

I could soooo snuggle in to that! Isn't it strange how the weather can change our current works in progress or pattern choices? I have down-tooled (or needled!) on my various WIPs and am currently charging through Wooley from Noro Unlimited to keep youngest daughter cosy too! Am using the Cascade 220 from my stash pile and love knitting with it ... am now a Cascade convert :)