A little while ago I posted about a cardigan I was looking forward to cast on for myself, using my own hand dyed yarn (you can see the post here). Since finishing my Drachenfels, I have cast on and I’m going great guns!
Working in DK weight yarn is a great change – I work most of my projects in fingering weight – so the knitted fabric grows quickly and the pattern is interesting enough to entice biscuit logic. You know, ‘oh, just one more won’t hurt’.
My gauge swatch showed what I’ve learned to expect from my knitting – I am a relatively ‘loose’ knitter, so I dropped down a needle size from what was in the pattern and dropped down a size. From medium to small. The thought was terrifying, but I had to have faith that the maths would not lie.
Was it the right decision? I’m still not entirely sure.
Being a seamless pattern, I’ve been able to try it on as I go. I think I’ll be okay in the bust because I added some extra stitches on those rows (I would’ve had to on the M size if I’d gotten gauge, too), and I’ve added a few for the hips too (what can I say? I gots the curves).
The back worries me a little, though. The logical part of my brain says that it’s fine, and it just looks bad when I try it on because the stockinette stitch is rolling up on itself and the button band isn’t on there yet. Makes sense. But, the emotional knitter in me just doesn’t know. This cardigan is so close to being my best fitting garment yet, I just don’t want to jinx it.
The pattern itself is a joy to knit. Looking Back by Joji Locatelli. I am loving it. The pattern document is clear, and well presented – I haven’t had any questions that weren’t answered by reading a few rows ahead.
The lace pattern makes me smile. There’s no simpler way to put it – I love how easily memorised it is, how pretty it is, and how it makes me look far more talented than I am when it comes to lace. The large lace panel down the front, surrounded by stockinette, is really impressive.
I was a little worried that the colour variations in the yarn would detract from the lace pattern, which really should be the star of the garment, but it doesn’t look too bad. The real test will come when the cardigan is finished and there is sleeve patterning, too.
So, watch this space!