Portulaca cardigan

Project Description

What advice would you give someone starting this project? It is worth spending the time knitting the swatches and getting the gauge right. With the suggested needle size I was too loose and with one size down I was too tight. Following advice from Carol I used the smaller needles but added an extra 6 stitches (2 at either side seam and one to each front edge) and increased the buttonband from 1 inch to 1.5 inches. The final size is perfect. I cannot emphasise how useful this class has been. I have learnt so many new techniques - the alternate cable cast on, the grafted bind off (which I just loved), buttonholes and bobbles. Don't be put off by how complicated the pattern looks. Once you get started it's actually pretty straightforward and the videos are absolutely fantastic. I so enjoyed knitting this cardigan that I'm a little sad I'm finished! I've certainly got the cables bug - I'm quite keen to try Carol's Killorglin zip up cardigan from Contemporary Irish Knits now. (Although the thought of zips slightly freaks me out - wouldn't that be an excellent class for Craftsy to do!)

What you will need

  • Soft Donegal by Donegal Yarns in teal colourway
  • 4.5 mm and 4 mm needles

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