For those wondering about the drapey stuff that I wrote about (ah, such a long time ago!) you’ll be glad to know that both had become FOs. The first one is Coraline cardigan for my mum, which I finished sometime in July, and sent to her in August just before her birthday.
Mum and I are about the same size, so I’m modeling it here just before I sent it to her.
It’s a beautiful pattern, and a joy to knit. Even the stocking stitch sections are strangely soothing — probably just what I needed — and the lovely little details make it even better.
The smocking pattern around the yoke was new to me. It’s very interesting, though. It does require you to pay attention, but it rewards you with that ‘ahh so that’s how it’s done’ feeling.
The button loops were added after all the knitting was finished, using sewn button loops technique, which was new to me as well (tutorial here). I really like how it looks, and will be using this technique again in the future I think.
The only modification that I did was on the sleeves. I usually like my sleeves full length, but my mum likes 3/4 lengths, so I’ve shortened the sleeves here. It’s not bad, I have to say. I might even try making 3/4 length cardis for me in the future.
The yarn, Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton, is great, and I’ve mentioned how much I love this yarn (drapey!). It really makes a nice fabric for garments, and shows stitch definitions so well, which is great for this pattern.
So, a great knit overall!