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.

Coraline cardi for mum

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.

Smocked yoke

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.

Coraline cardi for mum

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!

Pattern: Coraline by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 8ply in ‘Latte’, 2 balls
Needles: 3mm and 3.5mm


Rose Red says:

Oh, it’s lovely! Looks fantastic, and I really like the 3/4 sleeves (I do love a 3/4 sleeve – very good for our climate I think). And in cotton – what a splendid idea!

sandra says:

WOW, an amazing!You did great knitting with this one! Fits perfectly!

bells says:

I love it! I really love it. Am knitting with bendigo cotton right now and it’s so great to see how nice it is knitted up! Well done.

sue says:

Coraline looks gorgeous and the Bendi cotton did knit up beautifully. I love the smocking effect too and the button loops. Your mum will love it too.

Karisma says:

Looks lovely.

Kristen says:

Looks beautiful, I really like the 3/4 sleeves

Salihan says:

It fits you so beautifully. I love it!

Donna says:

You always do such a beautiful job, Claudine, and this is no different!

It looks absolutely beautiful and I’m sure your mom loved it 🙂

Ailsa says:

Beautiful work, as usual. Photography and knitting are always a joy to look at here. Congratulations!

Ann says:

Coraline looks gorgeous. I also like knitting with Bendigo cotton.

kms says:

oh that really is stunningly beautiful. such a lovely colour for that pattern. it looks fantastic, and i loooove the sleeves! well done!

margaux says:

gorgeous! you did a lovely job! 🙂

Oiyi says:

What a beautiful gift! Your Coraline is perfect.

Shireen says:

Gorgeous cardigan! So perfectly drapey.

Ailsa says:

I’m missing your blog! Please come back soon 🙁


Anita says:

Coraline, This is my first visit to your blog and I’m glad to find another fanatical knitter and sewer. Knitting is a real addiction and one I enjoy very much. Isn’t it great to create your own things. I love the little white top, it’s cute. Enjoy. Kind regards, Anita.

Rachel says:

The yoke is really beautiful! Nice work!

Barbara says:

Enchanting …

alison says:

It looks amazing.

Lisa says:

Please start blogging again, I loved your blog so. I too lost my blogging mojo but it’s starting to return and I hope I can encourage you to begin again.

Sabrina says:

I love it! it came out great! Your mom is going to love it too!