9.2.14

FINISHED!! Bestway 1491

I'm so happy! I finally finished something! Yes, I FINISHED my fair isle cardigan! I have to use capital letters because it has been such a long time since I completed something. I feel so positive now. It really helps being creative and see the results when you're not feeling very well.


I started knitting this cardigan in june last year. Can you believe that so much time has passed? I had some difficulties during the proces. First I discovered my cardigan went too small, even after the swatches I made I didn't get the right size. I only was knitting the back part of the cardigan, so I had to start over this one. Secondly I had troubles with the sleeve heads. They were way too big! I started reknitting the sleeve heads. I was waiting for the mail man to arrive with the extra yarn I needed for the hooded scarf.


I really got caught up, because yesterday I spend a great deal of the day finishing this cardigan. I made the sleeve heads smaller, like the original patterns but they still didn't fit smoothly in the armholes. So I decided to make some pleats instead of reknitting. I sewed all the pieces together and this morning I sewed the buttons to the strap.

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I used 2 mm needles for the ribbing, which is terrible! And 2.5 mm for the fair isle patterns. If I could turn back time I would have changed the needle sizes and used 2.5 mm for the ribbing and 3 mm for the body. It's so time consuming this way, not funny anymore.


But at least I can add a nice cardigan to my wardrobe. I have plenty of skirts/trousers which I can wear with this cardigan. I can't believe this one wil disappear in a corner of my closet.


Woohoo!


40 comments:

  1. WooHoo indeed! Wow, it looks so fabulous!!! And YOU...you look so perfectly 40s, like a time traveller ;) The cardigan is really lovely and the colorway is very nice. Can't believe you did all that ribbing on a 2mm needle. I would keel over and die. Very well done!

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    1. Thank you! Knitting the rib stitches was horrible. I really disliked that part of this project.

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  2. Hij is super mooi! Wat mij betreft een geluk bij een ongeluk dat je de mouwen moest plooien, ik vind het leuk! En je ziet er goed uit!

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    1. Dankjewel :) Ik vind de mouwen zo ook wel leuk! Dus het is niet heel erg dat het mis ging.

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  3. Aaaaw, you look wonderful! :) Great Job!

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  4. What a lovely cardigan ! I like the skirt as well, did you make that one yourself ?


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    1. Dankjewel! Ja, de rok heb ik ook gemaakt :)

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  5. Wow! You knitted that?! That is beautiful, beautiful work! The detail is extraordinary and shape turned out lovely, especially the sleeves. Fabulous job. I can't knit worth a hoot (I made a scarf once, and decided that was it) but I have been crocheting since I was 10, so I have somewhat of a basis to gauge the work that went into this!! Great job- it looks so very nice on you. Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you so much for you comment!

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  6. You know this is rare to say but I like yours even better than the illustration:) Even though your color combination is the same, there is more of a richness of colors. It really is a job well done. I'd want to wear it everyday too! I can imagine how you must feel to finally complete this project. I know that it can be quite frustrating to have to restart certain parts of it. A very lovely knitted project!

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    1. Wow, that is a huge compliment! The funny thing is the colors used in the illustration are totally different then the colors mentioned in the knitting instructions!

      I'm very glad it's over now! Finally time for some smaller projects!

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  7. This is one of the most lovely cardigans I have ever seen. So glad you think you're going to get lots of wear out of it. Curious about the skirt as well!

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    1. Thanks! Yes I also made the skirt :)

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  8. Well done on finishing such a lovely cardigan. You are really skilled at colourwork. It looks great on.

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    1. Thank you! That's a huge compliment from a experienced knitter!

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  9. Holy moly, this is amazing! I can totally believe you started this in June- it looks like you've put an incredible amount of work into it, not just because of the detailed pattern, but also because, well, it just looks so PERFECT!! Thank goodness this will be such a versatile cardi for your closet, because you really wouldn't want this one going unworn after all your hard work!

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! Truly, it's just exquisite. And I think the way you've done the sleeves is even lovelier than the original version! I'm sure you'll have many happy years of wear from this; in fact it looks like the kind of garment that could be handed down and treasured through generations. Simply amazing work - well done!

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  11. Nice job! The cardigan looks great on you.
    I'm dreaming of someday making my own fair isle knit, but I'm treading the amount of work it'd require D:

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    1. Thanks! It takes some time, but it's totally worth it!

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  12. WOW!!! This is absolutely amazing and beautiful. Congratulations on finishing it, it really is a work of art. May you have many happy years of wearing it.

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  13. Your cardigan is completely gorgeous! Really, nicely done!

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  14. Amazing, Anthea! I wish I could knit, but alas, that is something I really can't do. I envy you. I just LOVE fair isle knitted items, and the cardigan is absolutely gorgeous with your vintage wardrobe.

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    1. Thanks! I love fair isle garments too! One of my future projects will be a fair isle spencer for my guy.

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  15. Congratulations! Both it, and you sporting it, look absolutely fantastic! I love the peaceful (but in no way boring), classic colours you called into play here. Fantastic job, dear Anthea!

    ♥ Jessica

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  16. the cardigan is so darling. i would wear it right way!!!

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  17. That cardi looks stunning - it sounds like such hard work but deffinately looks worth it. Well done you. I can't knit so I am in awe.

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    1. Thanks! It was definitely a lot of work, but I'm glad with the result!

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  18. It looks fantastic :) So lovely, and I bet you get lots of compliments when wearing it :)

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  19. Your cardigan looks fantastic, well done! I have been admiring this pattern for a while, so it's lovely to see it knitted up. Your choice of colour is great, I'm sure you'll have lots of wear out of it.

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  20. Thank you! It's a lovely pattern and the size is not tiny like most patterns are. So it's easier to convert to your own size.

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  21. Well done! The cardigan is lovely, and it suits you really well. Did you use the colours the pattern called for, or did you make any changes? I just think that your cardigan looks better than the original :)

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    1. Thanks! I did change the color scheme! I'm blushing because of your huge compliment, thank you so much!

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