All week I’ve tried to get finished photos of my Honey Cardigan. I wore it to work twice this week and each time it was so very cold in the morning that neither of us felt like standing out in the yard to do it. Below zero temperatures are not for the faint hearted, or the non-coat wearing.
Today is a lovely mild winter’s Sunday. I got some photos. Sean’s dad is visiting and he stood off to one side chuckling at his daughter in law, the wanna be knitwear model. I don’t know that he knows about blogging or Ravelry, so he probably wondered it was all about.
Anyway. Here she is. My lovely Honey cardigan. Pattern here.
So many reasons to be happy. Great Cascade 220, one of my very favourite winter yarns. It’s cold enough in Canberra to justify this northern hemisphere staple.
Love love love the yoke. So structurally pleasing. Almost architectural in appearance. I love how the cables photograph. I love how the ever so slight shaping in the body, just a gentle slope from arm holes to band gives it just a hint of flare.
It wears well and even though there’s a push against the yoked design with the top buttoning look, I really like it. I’ve never been one to button all the way, and I don’t like a fully open cardigan so much (I don’t like the way they flap open in the breeze with no buttons) so this style works for me!
Some modifications. I shortened the body. It was supposed to be 16″ but I’m far too short in the body for that so I stopped at 14″. It grew slightly so that was a good call.
I also tapered the sleeves. The sleeves were written completely straight and I don’t think that works in heavy weight wool. I was worried it would look a bit shapeless. So I tapered at a rate of two stitches every six rows and am happy with that.
The detail in the finishing is wonderful. Applied i-cord all the way around the bottom and the opening and the wrists. Such a great way to finish. I’ve done it twice now, on this and Coraline, and I really love it.
And my buttons. I love my buttons.
I found them a few weeks ago when we were in Braidwood for the weekend. A local ceramic artist had a line of handmade buttons and I fell in love with these. They’re kind of heavy but that works on a heavy garment. I thought something in solid grey with big cables could totally take some vibrant, ceramic buttons.
Here she is from the back. I’ll point out the mis-crossed cable before anyone else does, just because, well, that’s what we do isn’t it? We point out our mistakes. In the middle, up under my hair is a single mis-crossed cable.
It’s not immediately obvious but someone’s bound to spot it some time. I left it because mostly it’s covered by my hair, I think. And by the time I saw it, I’d gone too far. C’est la vie. It’s a minor thing and perfection isn’t always worth pursuing. It’s not like it was front and centre of the piece.
So there you go. Three weeks in the making, hopefully many years in the wearing. This year’s Tour de France knit along was a great success for me, even if I didn’t see much of the race!