This is the Cable and Lace Cardigan from the Debbie Bliss Mia pattern book, knitted in Marine wool. The eagle-eyed amongst you may spot one key modification. Can you see? Stare hard. Yes, I knitted it as a jumper!
I was concerned about the springy wool making a button band strain across my chest. After all, in the pattern book, it was straining across the chest of a willowy model. What hope did I have? So I changed strategy. It isn’t difficult to amend a cardigan to become a jumper, especially when the front and back are knitted to exactly the same dimensions, bar the neckline shaping.
I initially felt a bit sniffy about the short sleeves, but they make this the perfect jumper for wearing into the office or layering with my grey cashmere granddad cardigan. I love the slight boxiness of the sleeve heads, which give it a touch of the 1940s. Once you start Googling 1940s knitting patterns, you realise there are some real cuties out there. Have you ever knitted one?
I worked hard to raise my game on this make. I used a long tail cast on to give the hem a neat, non-bobbly edge:
And I turned to several Youtube videos (here and here) in order to seam my make. On previous creations, my seams have been clumsy verging on ugly. Which is a shame, when a person invests months into knitting a piece of clothing. It turns out that proper seaming is easy, once you know how.
Below left, a garter stitch seam in progress. Bottom right is the finished seam.
It’s worth noting that I added 5cm to the length of this jumper, so if you don’t like the ultra-cropped look, I’d suggest doing the same. This wool definitely needed blocking, but the good news is that the colour doesn’t run at all.
I struggled to find quite the right outfit to wear with this jumper. I love the Land Girls vibe, but I don’t often dress like a land girl. When I recently went out on a walk with Old Maps Man (super highly recommended), I teamed it with one of my several beloved Simplicity 2451 skirts. Because you can really see both skirt and jumper in the below photo!
This jumper took me seven months to knit. I loved the process, but was braced for yet another knitted item that I never wore. Actually, I feel very proud of the improvement in my knitting this cable and lace represents.
For a cardigan, this makes a great jumper!