An end to the Craziness

Crazy 19I wanted to get my Stripes Gone Crazy cardigan completely finished and didn’t have time to go and search for matching buttons, so I’ve made do with the brown/beige shirt buttons I already had. They are the right size and, when I looked at them more closely, I saw there was less beige on the underside.  I’ve sewn them on with the “wrong” side uppermost, using coral-coloured thread to match the contrast coloured yarn.  They don’t look too bad.

BlockingIt has rained a lot recently.  When I saw on Wednesday morning that the forecast said there would be no rain until evening, I rushed to get the cardigan soaking in warm water.  Then I blotted it in a clean towel and blocked it to shape by carefully pinning it out to size on a board in a sunny spot.  Unfortunately, the forecast wasn’t entirely accurate and it got rained on at one point, but it was still dry by the early evening.

Finished cardigan - back viewIt looks a lot better for having been blocked, the stitches are now beautifully even (if only I knitted that evenly!) and the distortions created by the novel diagonal construction have largely disappeared.  Woohoo, success!

So what’s on my needles now?  Adrift, that’s what.

Adrift cardigan

Adrift is similar to Stripes Gone Crazy in several respects – it’s knitted top down, in one piece, in stocking stitch.  But it’s in a single colour and has no fastening, you either let the fronts hang open or you pin them at the neck with a shawl pin.  And the sleeves are optional.

To create the necessary degree of drapiness, Adrift is knitted on relatively large needles.  I’ve seen it knitted in BaaRamEwe’s Titus (there’s a 2-ply/laceweight version of Adrift too) and it looked fabulous, but alas, that is not an option for me.  Like most yarns that contain wool, Titus makes me itch and this is a cardigan that I will want to wear over strappy sundresses and sleeveless tops.

Texere cream yarnI have cast on using some unbranded, man-made yarn that I bought at Texere.  It’s rather fine and I thought I could use it double, but it was as stiff as can be when I knitted a swatch and I’ve had to revert to single thickness to get a fabric with enough drape.

I’m not at all sure about this yarn choice.  The fabric is very open, which means it won’t provide much warmth, and it has a harsh handle to it.  I’m going to persevere though, and if I like the shape of the end result I may knit it again in linen or some luxurious animal fibre.  The sleeveless version doesn’t take very much yarn, thanks to the loose tension that is needed – which is a good excuse for buying luxury yarn, as far as I’m concerned.

Start of Adrift

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About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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