During the first week of January this year, I enrolled in a local knitting class with a neighbour. The instructor asked the group what we wanted to make so I showed her a knitting book my mother had used to make sweaters for my children when they were little.
I bought 4 balls/skeins of Paton's Astra maize coloured yarn, needles in size 3.25mm and 4mm and I was away to the races.
Casting on was a nightmare and it took me several days before I cast on 38 stitches and then attempted a second row to begin the rib stitch hem. I was sure I would never figure it out but was determined not to let it get the better of me.
During the following 3 months as I plodded away on the project I learned how to knit, purl, cast on and off, seam, block and most importantly, read a pattern.
I need to practice on button bands and seams. Seams sure are difficult. It's not like I can shove them through my serger. That would be much easier.
The bottom line is … I did it. I made a cardigan with raglan sleeves, a folded collar and button bands.
I know that with practice my tension will get better too. One pattern I made as an extra circular activity while making the yellow cardigan, was called In Threes. The pattern was easy to read and perfect for practicing tension. So I made it again using Lions Brand Baby Wool (orchid) that was on sale for $1.99 at Michaels. I bought 4 skeins and cranked out another In Threes pattern in size 3T this time.
It all went well except I totally screwed up on the band at the front.
Oh well. Good excuse to get more yarn and keep practicing.
The Chickadee agrees.
I think this cardi would look good with a white long sleeve shirt underneath and a jean skirt or a pair of jeans.