If you want a summer cardigan to throw over outfits, meet the Miriam cardigan from Quince & Co, designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge. A neutral colour can be your best friend. I learnt that last summer when I bought a white cotton cardigan and wore it to death. It went with everything.
So, I invested in some Chickadee 100% wool from Loop. I think this project took seven skeins. This is not a cheap make. I often feel conflicted about the financial feasibility of certain crafts, and the implications for who is attracted to and felt included in making. I don’t drop £9.50 on a skein of wool lightly. But when you’ve experienced quality wool, the genie is out of the bottle. It’s difficult to go back to anything else. This is gorgeous wool and I’m quite certain there are lots of very good reasons it costs what it does. Still. There’s my middle class angst for the day. Feel free to throw your rotten kale at me in disgust!
It took me, gulp, eight months to knit this. I am a slow knitter. Plus, this is a sport weight yarn, knitted on some of the tiniest needles available. (I knit loosely and often have to go down a couple of needle sizes. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about, check out this blog post on the importance of knitting a tension square.)
This cardigan was never going to be an overnight success. But I don’t mind slow knitting. For me, the process of knitting is arguably more important than the product. I love a meditative activity and I particularly love that knitting travels in a way sewing doesn’t. You can bung it in a suitcase and be off.
Don’t you think this cardigan is really wearable? I love the three-quarter-length sleeves, the raglan shaping, and deep hems.
I took a lot of care over the finishing and referred to Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters for seam techniques. This is one of those books that looks very not-sexy, but is a real little gem. Below, a seam construction in progress. So neat!
Okay, that’s me done. Another cardigan down. What to knit next, what to knit next…? Don’t hold your breath. I’ll see you back here in eight months’ time!
Points out of ten to anyone who can spot the FAIL in this project. I’ll give you a clue – I didn’t buy all my yarn at the same time.