A very good friend of mine from school just had a little girl, her third child, after two boys. So, I got started straight away on a cardigan and bonnet combo for her. So, initially here’s the cardigan.
Yes, you probably guessed it, it is another DROPS pattern. And I think it might become a favourite. It’s really easy and quick to knit, as it calls for DROPS Merino Extra Fine. Even though its name suggests fine, i.e. thin, it’s actually quite thick and knits up really quickly. The other thing I love about the pattern is the fact that there was hardly any sewing to do.
I did change it slightly and instead of knitting the sleeves on double pointed needles I knitted them back and forth. I started knitting them on DPS, but the sleeve just seemed too tight and due to the thickness of the yarn the stitch between the needles looked quite loose. So, that meant that there was a little bit more of sewing up to do on the sleeves, but apart from that no other sewing up.
The cables on the front next to the button band were really easy and look really nice. They just tie the front together very nicely. The cables at the top added to the raglan and lead nicely to the neck and the collar.
I added a picot border to finish off the cardigan. At one point I was thinking about a contrast border, but as I wanted to get this posted off to my friend I stuck with the red I had so that I could finish it quickly.
The buttons are from TextileGarden and I’m glad that I finally had the right number for one of my pieces. Normally the patterns I knit call for 3, 4 or 5 buttons, never 6. So this was perfect.
My friend received the package and she loved the cardigan. I also knitted a bonnet for her, but I’ll blog about it later this week. I will visit my friend later this month and then hope to meet her little girl. I think it’ll be a little while before the cardigan will fit, but that’s because I did knit it in a bigger size. So, you might have to wait to see a FO on a baby.