Woot! It’s a finished object!! The (beadless) beaded cardi has finally been blocked, seamed, buttoned, and done!
Here’s a full shot of it.
Pattern: Beaded Cardigan from Debbie Bliss Special Knits
Yarn: A bit over 5 balls of Filatura Di Crosa “Zara” merino
Started October 2005, finished November 2005.
I stick pretty close to the pattern for this cardi. As I’ve said before, I love this cardi pattern. It’s easy and simple but not boring. The motif is interesting but doesn’t require too much thinking (good for TV knitting!). And the thing I like most about this pattern is that, because of the way the diamond purly bumps pattern is arranged, it’s very easy to see where you are in the pattern. When you make a mistake, you’re likely to catch it within the same row, so it’s easier to fix.
As for blocking, I ended up choosing the wet blocking method and it came out beautifully. Thanks to those who gave me their advice on blocking!!
But this project was not without its bonehead moments. After joining the front pieces to the back piece at the shoulders using fake grafting, I noticed that the join looked a bit sucky. At first I thought it would become more flat once I have done the neck band. So I proceeded and knitted the neck band, but as it turned out it still looked like that.
I’m not a perfectionist, but sometimes a perfectionist bug kicks in. So I picked out the grafting, and tried to graft again, this time 2 rows away from the bound off edges. Still sucky. I picked it out again and tried with one side 1 row away from the bound off edge and the other side 3 rows away. Still sucky. At this point I gave up and grafted it back the way I did it the first time around. I’m hoping that another blocking will improve the situation. If I could do it again, I think I’d do kitchener instead. I did think about kitchener before, but I wasn’t confident enough with my kitchener skill (previous attempts had been a bit wonky). Oh well, coulda woulda shoulda.
I leave you now with this picture of the close up of the purly bumps pattern and the buttons.