My Shiraz cardigan, the test knit I’ve been working on for Thea of BabyCocktails, is finally finished. It’s taken me a while, a while longer than a cardigan should, but here it is.
Since Spring is here and the days are warmer, I’m going out on a limb and calling this my first winter cardigan for 2011. In April next year when we’re all panicking about winter knits in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m gonna be there saying look! I did one already!
It was my first test knit and the experience was interesting. Because I was a bit slow, I found things in the pattern that it turns out others had already let Thea know about, but from that I just took that my detection skills were as they should be!
So here are the specs:
Pattern: Shiraz Cardigan by Thea Colman. It’s been published so it’s ready for you whenever you are!
Yarn: Cascade 220 Mallard.
Needles: 4.5mm Knit Picks Harmony
Mods: None. It was a test knit so I made it to spec. No I tell a lie, i made two buttonholes instead of three. It was an accident. I’m pleased with it anyway.
One of the key design features of this cardigan is the hourglass moss stitch panels which draw both the eye and the garment in at the waist. I was really looking forward to seeing how this effect played out once I put it on. It really works.
In the pattern, Thea gives you the option to change the length between the two panels – see that straight bit there in the middle? I kinda wish I’d done that now but I didn’t because I’m short waisted and never have to lengthen anything there. But I would for this because it sits a smidge too short for my usual style but I wore it today in the office and decided going out of your usual style sometimes is good.
The detailing is really nice. I found the moss stitch panels a bit challenging at first until I got used to it but once I got there, it was fine and I love, love, love the effect. There are hems all over – the neck band, the sleeves, the body – I’m a big fan of hemmed knitwear. It’s almost a criteria for items I choose now. Almost. Not everything needs it, but I think I’m drawn to pieces with hems.
So thank you for the chance to find out what being a test knitter is like, Thea. It’s certainly a different way to knit. I’m not sure I ever quite relaxed about it, except for maybe in the plain stocking stitch parts. It creates a much more mindful approach to the knitting, I find.
I think next winter I’m going to get loads of wear out of this. It’s so comfortable. Cascade 220 is always so very wearable and this will be popped over all sorts of outfits and become a high rotation winter piece.