Hello Luvvies!

Capel Cross cardigan

How are you all? I hope fine. The weather has been pretty mixed here in the UK – first it was insufferable heat, then came the humidity which left many of us looking like alpacas, after that we had relentless rain and now… it’s surprisingly mild out there this week!

Weather has an effect on ‘*weather*’ or not I should take photos outside [groan]! 😅 I end up opting for inside most of the time.

Capel Cross Cardi – update

Having been hit with a run of bad luck with this project: a combination of poor yarn choice for the wear-ability factor, plus the fragility of certain yarns. This then was followed by a further two re-knits. The final knitting attempt was the winner! Because if it wasn’t, I was quite prepared to perform a ceremonial burn!!! Then came the grading exercise…ugh! Anyway, call-outs for testing has begun and we can crack on with that around the middle of September.

Despite my headaches, it was actually a really EASY knit! It flowed beautifully and I didn’t mind knitting 3 of these – in fact, I’m looking forward to knitting a 4th. I found a lovely Sport Weight yarn called Currel | Sport by Meadowyarn. It has the perfect characteristics for this type of project.

Capel Cross cardigan

JimiKnits Volume One Book
Front cover of JimiKnits booklet

My first pattern book is now available on my website: www.jimiknits.com. It contains 12 patterns that are already available on Ravelry, but contained in a nice and shiny new book!

What I’m currently reading
Books: A Year of Techniques / Something New to Learn About

I often like to swot up on knitting techniques because it always seems to me that I don’t know everything about knitting – and really, I WANT to know everything! The lovely Jen from Arnall Culliford Knitwear gave me some books from her Something New To Learn About series: Cables and Lace and A Year Of Techniques. I must say, after reading these, I reckon that I will no longer be making a feature out of the mistakes in my knitting! Check out her latest book called Boost Your Knitting. Imagine, a whole year of projects that covers an enormous array of knitting techniques that you were too scared to do – but here, you’re taken through each step carefully with photos and later on, with video tutorials. I’ll certainly be following this carefully.

OPP – Other People’s Patterns

My hand dyed yarns x 3

Riley Stripe by Jeanette Sloan.
It happens very rarely, but I do knit other designer’s patterns. No point in re-inventing the wheel when it’s right there, huh? I’ve got yarn that I hand dyed many years ago wound into cakes, raring to go for a Riley Stripe. I love the texture and patterning – it’s a 2-colour project, but I might see if I can turn it into a 3-colour, so that I can make use of all the yarns I have here.

Solvik Shirt by Skeindeer Knits
© Skeindeer Knits

Solvik Shirt by Skeindeer Knits.
I’m also keen to knit this – it calls for a worsted weight yarn, so I’m tempted to use a strand of linen and a strand of mohair for it. I’m hoping the detail won’t get lost in all that fluff! I love that top though!

ByeLine – The Cardigan Version

This is one of my recent designs, “ByeLine“. It’s a tunic length Henley-style top, with buttoned front and curved hemline. It’s made from the top down in one seamless piece.

ByelIne (original)
ByelIne (original)

Someone asked me if this could be turned into a cardigan. It was an interesting thought and it got my mind racing… So, a cardi version… Can it be done? I’m sure it can!

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Note to self:
• Stripes – 4×2 (CC/MC)
• Length from shoulder to split – 52cm
• If there is enough yarn… make sleeves longer?

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Verdict

Pretty good! Despite what I wrote as a note to myself, it would seem that I disregarded most of it!! But here is the result anyway:

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I had intended to make the cardi shorter, so that the split would fall at belt level (just below high hip), but I couldn’t seem to stop knitting! Then, I confused myself at some point by mistaking my contrast colour yarn with my main colour yarn (such was the closeness between them in tonal value).

So overall, it had turned out longer in the body than I’d planned, but in some ways this was a blessing. The fabric is very soft and floppy, so it would have needed the length to accommodate for the waft and flow around the hem.

Modifications

Apart from obviously turning it from a sweater to a cardigan, I lengthened the curved hem by 8 rows. No particular reason really, I just wanted to see what it would look like. I’m happy with how it turned out. It’s easy to turn this into a cardigan. Just follow the pattern as instructed, instead of joining in the round just keep going, working flat down to the split hem.

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The Yarn

It was the first time I’d ever worked with Bello Worsted. It was lovely and dreamy to knit with (yeah, and you’ll forget to stop knitting too!). It has a generous amount of cashmere, so it blooms pretty quickly, particularly after much handling (the shoulders are full with activity!).

This yarn is ideal for lightweight sweaters. It provides warmth and comfort in all kinds of weather conditions, without the heaviness in weight. Oh, but it is a grower! Gravity and cashmere based yarns are great partners! So be mindful when you are gauging for length… yes Jimi, why don’t you act on your own advice in future, eh?!  😉

The Buttons were from: http://www.textilegarden.com
Ref: TGB1983 – 5 x brown wooden buttons with starburst design. Size 18 mm – £2.00