Champagne or Sparkling Water?
Hello everyone!!! I am very happy to present a new knitting project today (again, right!) because this one was very different to me : I had to knit a cardigan in a 4ply yarn! And it was two first times!
I took the advantage of the Knit-Along “The Bul KAL” launched on April 22th by Gris Mouton, Lirbis and Cotaloche to start knitting the Eau Gazeuse cardigan by Marie Amélie Designs (pattern available in english). Marie-Amélie, whom you can find under the pseudo Maremelade on social media recently became a knitting designer, and I was looking forward to try one of her design. I did not crack on the original pattern (the Champagne sweater) when it was released, but it is by seeing Fille d’Hiver’s version with a beautiful icord on the bust that I realized I really liked it this way. Moreover, shortly after, Marie-Amélie released a cardigan version, and it was even more perfect!
With this project I learned a lot of new techniques, and I knitted a project that I really needed! I had, for the moment, knitted only sweaters in adult size, but what I really lacked was cardigans to wear with my dresses! So I had to make this one!
Having completely cracked on the colour of Mathilde’s Herbarium sweater, I ordered 3 skeins of Petits Pieds yarn (75% Merino, 25% Nylon) at Mon Sheep Shop in the same colour: Ballerine. I made my sample in 3mm needles (with my Hiya Hiya sharp kit as usual) and as I liked the rendering very much but did not have the same number of stitches as the pattern’s gauge, I had to knit a larger size (85cm).
It was the first time that I was knitting a project without a raglan sleeves construction : in this one, you need to start with the back, then one shoulder and then the other, join the front and back together, and knit back and forth as it’s a cardigan (or in the round if you make the sweater version). Regarding the lace, I did not find it difficult once I understood how to make it. I first followed the written instructions, but I never ended up with the right result. Much less complex, I followed the diagram and I had no worries this way. Knitted with 3mm needles and a 4ply yarn, I have to confess that I found the process of this cardigan very long with all these purl rows! But it was well worth it.
Once the body was finished, I did the finishes straight away so that I would only have the sleeves left! I made the icord at the chest with 3mm needles, but I didn’t like the rendering with these needles for the neckline, so I used 2.75mm needles for that part. To knit the sleeves, the stitches must then be picked up and you need to make german short rows to sculpt the shoulder. I really liked this technique even though I find that the short rows are unfortunately visible. I suppose that, with more experience, I will make them invisible or almost in the future!
I blocked my cardigan quite strongly on the button placket so that they would be the same length, but for the rest I’ve done a rather soft blocking. Note that the sleeve lace comes back quickly to its original size when you wear this project : do not plan to stretch the lace too much when blocking to gain centimeters on the sleeves because they will come back to the starting size! Instead, you should lengthen the ribbing part.
The yarn has softened quite a lot after washing it with my Eucalan, and it did not stretch at all, which is really nice! However, after 4 times wearing it, it is starting to pill a little … I hope that, once shaved, it will stop!
I am very very happy with this project, and although I had some doubts about the colour during the knitting process, I actually think that it will be really pretty on a tanned skin (bring on sunshine!!). I find this cardigan very feminine with these details, and I love the rendering of a 4ply yarn! Can’t wait to make another one!
Take care of yourself!