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This cardigan took exactly forever to make. Well, it seemed like that when I was still working on it. I started back in June 2018 and finished at the end of January 2019. The endless rows of purling were just not my thing. It didn't help that this yarn needs knitting up with size 3.25 needles to obtain the correct gage. A further aggravating factor was the large size needed to cover my substantial frame. I seem to no longer have a waistline!
The pattern is the Hatteras cardigan, which I found on Ravelry. I thought the construction was rather intriguing, knitted from top down and resulting in a bias hem. The rib is knitted entirely in the round, which pleased me no end. I also like the no closure front because I never button up a cardigan anyway. The instructions are clear and easy to follow. My top tip would be not to question the instructions and just trust them. I couldn't imagine initially how this thing would ever turn into a wearable cardigan!
I used Drops Alpaca yarn for this cardigan. I am not entirely sure how many balls I used, maybe eight or nine? I bought it in the sales about five years ago, it cost less than two pounds per ball. I like this yarn but garments tend to grow a bit in length over time and the shape is maybe not as defined as it might be with a different yarn. It is a very soft yarn and the smell is distinctly alpaca (minus manure and bad alpaca breath notes of course). I rather like it. When knitted up, it always looks a bit uneven, which pains me because I pride myself in regular stitches. Experience with other garments I made with this yarn reassures me that after a few washes, this "perfect" look is achieved. I am not quite there yet, the sleeve stitches and the rib are still a bit higgledy-piggledy.
All in all I am pleased with this cardigan. I don't wear purple much but I am quickly getting used to it. The top photograph is the best representation of the true colour, it is difficult to capture accurately.
I have another bag full of soft pink Drops Alpaca. I don't really wear pink much either but I was seduced by the rock bottom price. I think I'll double up the yarn and make a warm simple raglan jumper, maybe with a cable down the middle front and back. This jumper comes to mind. What do you think?
On a different topic, the temperatures are back to normal West of Scotland January averages (without checking the actual data) but it is rather windy. Our weekend was pleasant enough. The boys and I went to see "How to train a dragon: the hidden world". We all loved it. The original books series, TV shows and all three films are really fun. Plenty of strong women, always a bonus. I hope you had a good weekend, too.
Thanks for stopping by. I promise to make some time and visit you all over the next few days. xx