Merriment cardigan (KAL Nordic)
Hello everyone and happy Saturday! I hope your week has gone well, and that you have lots of nice things planned for this weekend. Here we will be busy, because my daughter will be 2 years old on Monday, so we celebrate her birthday on Sunday! But I still take the time this morning to come and talk to you about my latest knitting project, which I LOVE!
I had planned since last winter to make the Merriment Cardigan for my daughter, because I loved it when I saw it on Ravelry. But having already a lot of projects planned for her and for me, I pushed it back, and pushed it back. I bought my yarn in January last year, so it was really time to make it! So I took advantage of the fair-isle knit along I organise (KAL Nordic 2017) to participate with this project first (because I intend to knit something for me too!).The Merriment Cardigan is a pattern from Melynda Bernardi, that is available on Ravelry. It goes from size 3 months to 5 years and is made in a yarn with a sample of 21 x 26. I’ve used the Lima yarn from Drops as it had the perfect gauge. This pattern is available in English, and knitted in the round … but you need to cut the front to make it as a cardigan (steeking). I used less than a ball of yarn of white, and purple and about 3 (or 4?) balls of blue for the size 2 years. This is the first time I knit the lima yarn and I loved it. She doesn’t stretch after blocking, which is clearly a positive point! However, it becomes much more beautiful once blocked. I will surely reuse it for future winter projects because the end result is great and it is not very expensive.
Regarding the pattern, I found it very nice to knit and easy to understand. There are not a lot of pages in it, but all the information needed for understanding is there. The fair-isle is easily accessible because there are never more than two colours per row. The only difficulty in my opinion is to make the sleeves with the magic-loop,as it doesn’t allow you to keep an optimal tension all along. For a next one like this, I may consider using 23cm needles.
As mentioned above, this pattern is knitted in the round, and then have to be cut in the center to turn it into a cardigan. This technique is called Steeking, and I made you a tutorial this week on the blog. I made mine with the sewing machine because I didn’t have the right crochet hook size to go with this yarn.
In short, I just love this project! And she will probably wear this little sweater many times this winter! Have a nice week-end!