Many of you may remember that earlier this year I was having a cardigan knitting crisis. I seemed to have lost confidence in everything I knit. I eventually finished the Que Sera cardigan and at the time I was reasonably happy with the results. Time has moved on and I haven't worn that cardigan very much. In fact I'm already thinking of frogging it and knitting up the yarn in a new pattern!
So, knitting my latest cardigan (from wool frogged from yet another cardigan that didn't quite hit the mark) you can imagine the doubts I was having. Should I retire from cardigan knitting and put all my efforts into socks? Thankfully, that will not be the case. My latest knitting project has turned out perfectly.
It's just what I want from a cardigan, good fit, easy to wear and the right amount of warmth. For this cardigan I have returned to an old favourite.
It's my Olivia pattern and every time I knit it I'm amazed at how quickly it works up. I've knit this pattern twice before and I know I will wear it a lot.
It's knitted in the classic way, bottom up, knitted flat, in pieces and seamed together at the end. There's a delicate crochet border to add a special touch. The all over lacy pattern gives it a very feminine look. The sleeves are ribbed right up to near the armholes, for a slim fit. You can see details of the project on my Ravelry project page, here.
I think my problem is, I have very definite ideas about the style and shape of the cardigans I wear, and I do love to wear them, I wear one EVERY day. So when I try a new pattern, if it doesn't fit in with my idea of a wearable cardigan, I just can't feel comfortable with it.
Am I becoming an old stick-in-the-mud? I hope not. I may end up with ten versions of this cardigan in a range of colours. Are you the same? Do you find yourself going back to the same formula time and again?
At least I know this cardigan will be worn a lot, so why not make a few more? Maybe grey or dark blue next time!