Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties

Cropped cardigan with leaf tie WIP

I have a backlog of posts that I never got the chance to write, but I’m going to take a leaf from other bloggers’ virtual book and dedicate days to write posts. Stay tune to see how this will eventuate.

TINA was lots of fun as always, but more of that next time. Sales was slow, but the wind and the rain kept most people out. Thanks to those who bought my zine, you guys rock as always.

I just realised it has been a while since I posted about my knitting project, eventhough they are piling in the background. I started knitting Stefanie Japel’s Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties last week using Morris’s Superwash Merino 8ply and was initially rather pleased with how fast it knitted up. I had never knitted anything from the top down before and finally realised what the fuss was all about. It really was gratifying being able to try a piece on while knitting it, and I do get a better sense of how the fit was going to be compared to a bottom up knit.

The only ammend I have made so far was to knit the sleeves in the round using circulars. So far so good, but not quite sure what I will do with the gaping hole underneath the sleeves. Another thing I find slightly irritating about the pattern was the initial increase to create the yoke. I had to fudge my way a few times ensure that the number of stitches before and after the sleeves will sit properly on my shoulder.

I still need to knit the body and the tie, but I can definitely see new possibilities in the cardigan construction to create something new based on this pattern. Oh and another thing, as much as I love the colour and smooth texture of this yarn and how it feels, it does have a rather unfortunate tendency to split. I wasn’t happy with the random joints as well, for a 50g ball I would not expect see more than one joint at a time.

Incidentally, I believe the Morris yarn is produced by the same family that owns Morris and Sons, arguably Sydney’s biggest yarn store.

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