The cardigan

cardigan
Émilien cardigan knit with Katia Merino Aran.

It happened! One cardigan done! It was a super fast knit, with 5.5 mm needles, raglan sleeves and just stockinette stitch. I knit this one with quite a bit of ease, meaning it is definitely not a fitted cardigan, but that is what I wanted. I’m still unsure if I’m going to sew on buttons or sew in a zipper. But I’m considering it done.

Funny thing is, the body, sleeves and the hood knitted up so fast and when I picked up the stitches for the (button)band on front panels and the hood, I stalled. I ripped it out twice before finally telling myself that the wonky pickup stitches don’t matter. I usually twist them, so I don’t get huge holes but I hate that look on a plain cardigan. I considered knitting the band and then sewing it on, like when you steek a sweater (make a cardigan out of a sweater by sewing and cutting the front into two panels), but to be honest I’m quite terrified of putting my knitting anywhere near my sewing machine…

So it is done, and just in time for the cold weather to start arriving.

The cardigan

The re-knit cardigan

half finished purple cardigan

So, I vowed I would knit and finish this cardigan. I would finish it before my birthday (I told myself about 5 days ago). And I would wear it proudly! It just needs a sleeve and a half, a hood and the front pads with buttonholes/bottons. But…

This is the second attempt at the body and fourth attempt at the sleeves and I still hate it.

The first time around I knitted it copying the measurements and construction of my fisherman’s sweater which I have knit out of my own handspun. But the first sleeve ended up tapering too quickly, I reknit it doing less frequent decreases and then decided I would frog it because the fabric bunched too much around the armpit and it was uncomfortable (who wants to wear an uncomfortable cardigan?)

So I started over, trying the dreaded raglan shoulder/sleeve shaping, thought I figured it out, finished the body and then… the sleeve is too small.

I took it in stride, ripped out the sleeve for the third time and started over with no decreases at all.

And yup, still too small. That explains why the shoulders bunch a little funny, there just aren’t enough stitches to fit me.

I hit a wall with this, seriously, I was knitting with the finish line in mind, only a few things left to do, but now I just can’t wear this.

And it isn’t just “let’s knit the raglan again” because it is knit top down, that means I would have to frog _the whole thing_ and start over again.

I dont’ know if I have the spirit left to do this. I’ve grown to dislike this yarn as well, horrible splitty merino *shakes fist*.

Now either I throw in the towel and forget about the purple merino adventure (some ritual burning of said wool might happen), or try to find someone who fits and likes the cardigan, or I stuff it in a “don’t want to see this for at least another few months” bag awaiting to be frogged and reknit.

I’m thinking I should start buying the yarn the pattern indicates because I’m a disaster. Though the fisherman’s sweater only took me 2 tries for the armhole & collar, I think, to get it absolutely perfect.

It’s the curse of the horrible purple superwash merino yarn…

The re-knit cardigan