Here it is folks, my first ever knitted garment. It's been a journey, really it has, and now this little cardi's been knitted, blocked, stitched, snapped, and gifted to a special little man, I can share it with you.
Knit a baby cardigan, they said. It will be easy, they said. Yup, naively I thought baby projects were easy (they're sooo small. How hard they it be?). In reality, it was a bit of a wrestle from start to finish. The pattern is Anderson by Lisa Richardson (all details on Ravelry here) and I used Golf by Lang, which I loved knitting with.
I'm happy with the finished garment, but the process was tough. I had to face a lot of knitting fears - picking up stitches for the neckband and buttonband, working dreaded reverse shapings and fiddly pockets. But, I did it, then I stitched it all together (my least favourite part) and it worked! I guess the bottom line is if you don't challenge yourself, you don't learn, and I certainly learnt a lot from this project. It does make a nice cardigan, though I wouldn't recommend this pattern as a first garment project. The pattern was unclear in the very parts I needed it to be clear! Does anyone else sometimes find this with Rowan patterns?
Main lesson learnt: the right buttons can transform a project. I mean, these ladybirds!
|Okay, so maybe one of the sleeves is longer than the other, but shhhh. It's all part of the handmade charm. And rolled hems are soooo forgiving. Thank goodness.|