Thursday, August 11, 2011
I'm very very happy with my latest completed knitting project. I don't often attempt what I think of as 'large' garments - jumpers or cardigans or (heaven forbid) dresses. I'm rather a slow knitter and, for myself, have a preference for quite plain knitted garments - which are then boring to knit. But the popular Audrey in Unst pattern, by Scottish designer Gudrun Johnson, really appealed to me. It's an ideal balance of plain elements - the stocking stitch body and sleeves - with decorative details - the deep twisted rib basque and cuffs and the seemingly smocked front yoke.
Once you start knitting, there are additional pleasures. The pattern is beautifully and clearly written with just the right amount of information, and the cardigan has been designed with such neat finishes - the ribbing, the perfect set-in sleeves, and the i-cord edging at the neck.
I had only four skeins of the Madelinetosh Sport weight yarn - not enough for a cardigan for me, but just right for my daughter. The yarn is just as pleasing as the pattern and for similar reasons of balance. The gradations of colour in the yarn, appropriately named 'silver fox', bring variety, but its neat twist and clear stitch definition give regularity.
I'd bought some beautiful old glass buttons that were a perfect match for this colour, but had to abandon them as I didn't have enough of them. I then bought shell buttons, which were also a perfect match, but they were too large. Eventually I bought the buttons I've used from the ever-reliable All Buttons Great and Small in Newtown - just the right size, just right mottled grey colour, and the right number. And I still have some beautiful buttons to be used for later projects.
I put the cardigan in the post to my daughter yesterday. Now all I have to hope for is that it fits.