Remember the fuss I made trying to choose between two different colours of yarn to make the ‘boyfriend’ cardigan from the knitting book Storm by Kim Hargreaves? I blogged about it back at the end of last year and, having canvassed your opinions, I went with my instincts anyway and chose the dark grey fine mohair instead of the purple to knit together with the pale grey thicker ‘base’ yarn and here’s the result.
(Note that I have opted not to frighten the horses and, as promised, haven’t styled it with shorts and ankle boots as they did with the (very young) model in the book for which, I’m sure you are truly grateful.)
It’s soft and squishy and nicely oversized but not by too much . My worries about the sleeves only fitting an orangutan were unfounded – it’s just that, being raglan sleeves, they seemed to go on forever when they were on my needles.
Here it looks a bit like your Grandad’s cardie rather than your boyfriend’s but I like the stitch used which gives you that wide rib stitch effect in relief.
I sewed the silver metal buttons on then, for a touch of femininity and also for strength, I backed them with some little floral buttons.
I really am pleased with it and to prove to Kate who always tells me off for being too self critical that I can, in fact, be proud of my work, I’m not going to point out any faults because there aren’t any. Ha!!
This is what’s on my needles at the moment but, even though, I like the yarn (James C. Brett Marble Chunky) and it knits up quickly and is reasonably priced and even though it’s fairly unusual to find a knitting pattern for a jumper with a scooped neck and a fitted shape I know I’m not going to love it as much.
The yarn for the cardigan was Rowan Kid Classic – a wool and mohair blend and Rowan Kidsilk Haze, a mohair and silk blend which were knitted together and it has produced such a soft, luxurious garment that anything made with acryclic is going to pale into comparison. Having said that, the Rowan yarn was expensive – despite me scoring both the yarns on Ebay – so, unless you’re going for a ‘special’ knitted item, I guess the cheaper yarns will always have their place. Of course, I do still have the purple Kidsilk Haze I didn’t use for this cardigan so I might keep my eye open for some coordinating Kid Classic in the sales and then I can make another one in a purple shade – if I can face those never ending sleeves again that is.
Mac, the kitten, likes it anyway. He appeared from nowhere. Knitting and cats – it really is like moths to a flame.
How do you feel about knitting (or crochet) yarns? Do you prefer to wait until you can splash out a bit and use the best quality or do you prefer acrylic blends for their easy care qualities which, for some projects is a big consideration of course, or perhaps you can’t wear wool next to your skin?