Guess what I finished?? (Excuse grotty hair, tired eyes and saggy jeans – just focus on the knitting, ok?)
Liesl cardigan, by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Patons Jet, from stash, originally bought at Spotties in Wagga, NSW, when quite pregnant and therefore not actually responsible for rash decisions to buy 12 or so balls of 10ply, hairy, variegated yarn in order to make a Very Harlot Poncho. Possibly 6 balls used. I may have to weigh to be sure.
Needles: KP Harmony circ 7mm, long cable – sleeves were magic looped.
Also from Rav suggestions the garter cuff and hem; I tried the picot hem and did not like it at all. I didn’t even bother speed-blocking to see if it would stop flaring. Ripped and reknit and much happier.
Lastly I didn’t like the cast-on edge of the neckline – too taut or something, so I picked out one strand of the long-tail cast-on (not as bad as it sounds) and knitted two garter ridges and a purl bind-off to match the cuffs and hem. I am pleased with this alteration, and have worn my cardi since finishing it at 9pm last night. (Except not in bed, or the shower.)
Verdict: very soft, light and warm; INCREDIBLY fast pattern to knit, but it is destined to be a casual item – not sleek enough for work. I haven’t washed it yet and it sheds like a mangy pekinese.