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.
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.