This is the Miette Cardigan, a free pattern download from Ravelry. Ravelry is Facebook for knitters. It’s invitation only, but pop over and request an invite. If they let me in, they ain’t that fussy!
I started knitting this at Christmas, so it’s taken just over three months. A more serious knitter could knock this out in a couple of weeks. I used Malabrigo Worsted wool bought from Loop. It really is the most gorgeous wool and a relatively quick one to knit as it’s aran weight. That means it isn’t really slender – avoid 4ply/fingering weight if you’re a beginner and want a fast knit! There’s a useful table of wool weights here. Seriously, wool weights still confuse me. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from shop assistants – that’s what they’re there for.
So, what do I think to the cardigan? I love it! I really wasn’t convinced, even as I sewed on the last button. But never underestimate the benefits of blocking your finished make. Blocking is one of those knitting techniques that can become shrouded in mystery and expensive equipment. Here are my tips for blocking a knitted make:
- Set your iron to the wool setting and make sure there’s water in the tank for lots of steam.
- Find a tea towel. A clean one! Soak in water and wring out.
- Place your make over an ironing board, carefully smoothing out to the dimensions you want.
- Lay tea towel over your make. HOVER iron over tea towel and move from position to position. Whatever you do, don’t PRESS with the iron. You will flatten your gorgeous 3D knit into a suicidal pancake.
- Leave for a few moments, then see if you want to do a bit more blocking or start sewing your buttons on. People advise leaving a blocked knit overnight. Yeah, whatever.
Now, please be aware that I have never properly blocked lace knits, which is a whole different game. I believe. Involves wires and pins and the like. Can’t be arsed.
So, as you can see – I don’t take my knitting too seriously! But I definitely can see the benefits of a good block.
If you knit the Miette Cardigan, it’s worth knowing that this baby comes up tiny. I added two inches to the length of the main body and the sleeves. Yep, two inches. I’d advise doing at least the same unless you’re Tiny Tim. And you already know I advise the use of decent circular needles.
I’m wearing my new cardigan with my Hollyburn skirt. I love this skirt. I’m definitely making another one – at least. Well, you know, I am going to be teaching classes in this skirt here. I have organised for two guinea pigs aka local mates to come round to my house for a dry run on teaching this class. I am nothing if not a control freak determined to be uber-prepared!
So, what do you think to the Miette cardigan? Have you made it or would you make it?