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FO: Baby Cardigan

Luke’s first teacher, from his playgroup at Greenwich Steiner School had a little boy September 2013 and I knitted a few things for her earlier that same year, so over the next few days I’ll show them all to you. Firstly, here’s a cardigan for the little man, although I didn’t know it would be a boy at the time I was knitting, hence the choice of colour.

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I love this pattern, it’s so delicate and especially when knitted with DROPS BabyAlpaca Silk, which is what I used here.

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The lacy pattern is really easy to follow once I knitted it just once. And it just flies off the needles, especially in a 0-3 months size.

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I used some buttons from my stash, which I absolutely adore, they’re just so sweet. Another thing I love about this cardigan is the fact that it’s knitted in one, with hardly any seaming, always a plus!

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FO: Lacy Cardigan for Me

Earlier this year I finally sat down to knit something for myself. I know I’ve hinted at it with some pictures on Instagram. I’ve been waiting to post about as I wanted to include some pictures of me wearing the cardigan, but I just haven’t managed, so this will be a post just about the cardigan. Maybe another day I’ll manage to post one with me in it. Or maybe we’ll have to wait a few months (more on that later ;-).

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I used this DROPS pattern, although I amended the way the cables worked. Rather than them going under the same way, I made sure that they went under and then over to give the entire cardigan a better look.

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I love the colour I picked, and it fits with a few of my Summer dresses and skirts.

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The fact that the cardigan has this lacy feel to it, but at the same time is quite solid and warm makes me really pleased that I picked this exact pattern. I read up on the notes before I started and it sounded like people weren’t too happy with how theirs turned out. But I am over the moon with how mine turned out.

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I had some matching buttons in my stash, but after washing the cardigan once the colour has come off a little bit. However, I don’t think that’s a problem, it just makes it look a little more ‘shabby-chic’.

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Late WIP Wednesday

I know, I know I am a day late with my WIP Wednesday. I meant to post it yesterday and I had taken the pictures for it, but I got busy seeing a friend for dinner…so didn’t have the time. I know I mentioned that I was going to be knitting something for myself, well here is a sneak preview. I am working on this cardigan for myself.

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I am LOVING the colour. I do love the pattern, but it seems to be taking me ages to finish it. It could also be because I am not getting as much time as I used to for knitting. But, I only have the second front to finish and the two sleeves, so with it being a long weekend here in the UK I might get it done.

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I also wanted to show you guys my new knitting basket that I got from a friend who moved back to Germany recently. It’s gorgeous, and her grandfather actually made it. And it means that when I have kids here during the day I can just put everything in my basket and put it high up on our shelf.

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FO: Fancy Lacy Cardigan

You might remember my WIP Wednesday post from two weeks ago. Well, I’ve finally finished it. In fact I finished it last week, but have been waiting to take photo’s. So without further ado, here it is.

The yarn I used was DROPS Vivaldi for the body and DROPS Cotton Viscose for the lace and while I loved knitting with the latter the DROPS Vivaldi wasn’t as pleasant to knit with. It’s got mohair content in it and that makes it stick, so there was a number of occasions when I had to unravel and that wasn’t very easy at all.

However, I do actually like the effect of the Vivaldi when it’s knitted. The DROPS Cotton Viscose I’ve used before and I still really like it. It’s really nice how the lace looks with that particular yarn.

I like the colour combination as well, and I have to be honest I can’t take the credit for that, it was my friend who picked these colours. I was knitting this for her niece, but I think she picked those colours because she really likes them and if she liked the finished cardigan she’s even considering keeping it :-).

The other thing that I found a little bit frustrating was the lenght it took to knit it, I’m just so used to knitting baby clothes that are so quick and easy to knit that this was just taking far to long for my liking.

And I really like how the lace looks, I do hope my friend likes it, I’ll be giving it to her on Saturday.