Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Knitted Radiant Cardigan

The month of January kept me warm with this wonderful knitting pattern that I got from Ravelry.  It was a FREE pattern.  Meghan Jones was very generous to post this pattern free and give me all the help I needed via Face Book messages. You will find this pattern in that link.

I had a resolution this year that each month I'd learn something new.  Indeed I did.

 I had no idea what wt. means in knitting- it means wrap and turn.  It is also called SHORT ROW.   If you don't know what I am talking about , just type wt in knitting and go to Youtube. There are several generous knitters who would walk you through.

And why would I do that wt thing?  This pattern showed me why.  In the beginning it was difficult for me to understand the pattern since I had never done any thing like this.  Kitchener stitch was also a new thing for me.  But once I grabbed the idea the knitting went fast.

I had to knit a sweater for my dear Zoe for her birthday  and each year she expects something hand knitted from me.  One year I just sent her toys...she told me "But where is the hand knit sweater you make every birthday for me?"  That was so sweet.  The love I put in each stitch touched the six year old recipient.  What can a knitter ask for more?

To get a hold of the pattern first I tried it on her little sister as it is only a size 2 .  Meghan made it clear for several sizes in this pattern, so when I did the size 8 I had already had some experience.

 I made the buttons too to personalize them.  I am indebted to Ginger from The Blue Bottle Tree who has a wonderful blog on everything you want to know about Polymer Clay.  She walked me through creating the buttons and gave me enough courage telling which brand of clay to use that will withstand several washing machine agitations.  But I recommend that these cardigans be better hand washed.

I used Knitpicks Chroma Worsted Yarn  for these pieces.  The smaller one is in Lupine and the bigger one in Carnival. I am happy with the yarns though sometimes the weave of the yarn is too thick at one place and not as uniform.  But I think that gives an organic feel to it as long as you are aware of the fact while knitting.

Two sweaters in a month is pretty good speed I'd say.

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