Sunday, 5 September 2010

Kingscot Cardigan

I went on a riverside walk yesterday to see the Antony Gormley statues, pick some wild brambles, and take some photos of my finished (but still buttonless) Kingscot cardigan.

I am so utterly delighted with this new addition to my wardrobe, not least because it is the first sweater project I have finished since Audrey in Unst last November.

The design is a fine one, by knitting demi-god Norah Gaughan, with cables and bobbles inspired by gothic windows gently curving to shape the fronts, and rope-like cables snaking up the back. My one criticism is that it is supposed to be knit in many pieces - it even has you knit the button-bands separately then seam them to the body. I hate this kind of construction, so adapted the pattern to be entirely seamless apart from the shoulder seam (if you're interested in the technical details of that, I made quite comprehensive notes on my Ravelry project page).

The yarn is the smooth, soft Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in teal blue. This was, in fact, one of the first sweater's-worth of yarn I ever purchased, almost two years ago. I am now much more easily seduced by  hand-painted skeins, or small, independent producers, and I would be less likely to buy such a commercial yarn. I have to say, though, that it was a pleasure to work with (apart from the loosely-wound balls that fall apart as you knit from them), and produced an impressively even, snuggly fabric.

This yarn also featured in the stash pledge I made a year ago. I did break that pledge in that I bought more yarn, but actually haven't purchased any more in sweater quantities. I wonder if this is part of what has made me less enthusiastic about knitting jumpers and cardigans - that worthy but also ever so slightly dreary feeling of knitting from stash. Hmm... I appear to be justifying the buying of more yarn - this could end badly! [ETA: I've just realised this is a filthy lie - I did buy some yarn to make a cardigan and completely forgot about it! Probably a strong argument against buying more...]

I still have to decide on buttons for Kingscot - I may be asking your advice soon!


  1. Great cardigan! I'm interested to hear you knit and set in the sleeves seamlessly - must go check your notes :) I also wonder (not having seen your stash, I'm no judge) whether the lack of knitted garments recently is related to the lack of shopping for wool, or your move away from commercial yarns?

  2. Ooh, I love it! That colour looks lovely on you too. Off to Ravelry right now!

  3. What a beautiful cardy, your knitting is unsurpassed gosh darn it!

  4. Aw, you people are too kind!

    I have actually never sewn in a knitted set-in sleeve - I always use Barbara Walker's method (explained in Knitting From The Top) of picking up stitches around the armhole and shortrowing back and forth to create the cap. I've tried to give details on the project page.

  5. That is lovely! Simply lovely! It's just starting to cool off here in Brooklyn, and I have cardigans on my mind... I just may have to add this to my project queue.


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