The day finally came – when I finished my Bayview Street Cardigan!
I started back in September, and I now know that giving myself a month to make a cardigan, or any such large project is too much for me. I’m not the fastest of knitters! And that is ok (at leat, I tell myself that!).
For once, I really tried to follow the pattern, but I still goofed up. I realized my waist-shaping issues wasn’t from any error in the pattern, but from me all of a sudden following the numbers for a different size all together! Silly me.
I really did enjoy knitting this cardigan though. The stitch pattern is very easy to memorize, and Elinor has done a wonderful job with the pattern – I found it easy to follow, full of information, and a lot of nice little touches that made me appreciate her as a designer and pattern writer.
For example, she calls for the front edge, that will later be picked up for the button-bands, to be knit every row, so you end up with a purl-bump edge. It makes a great deal of difference when you do get to picking up those stitches! I’ve already done the same on several other things I’m knitting, and I love learning to become a better knitter through projects.
This is the first time I’ve done tubular cast on’s and cast off’s, and I’m completely in love! They are such a beautiful finish to a garment! I also learned a couple of other things: this particular stitch pattern; three needle bind-off; and the kitchener grafting stitch.
So who cares that I should have knit this cardigan just a little bigger so I didn’t have to add those extra wide button-bands? It’s warm as nothing else, I love the color, and I am so proud of my first cardigan!
Ravelry link here.
All photos by the boy.