Handspun bliss
July 15, 2015
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Handspun bliss

Project info
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
me :)
Needles & yarn
US 4 - 3.5 mm
1 skein
Cascade Yarns ® Heritage Sock
297 yards in stash
Little Knits in Seattle, Washington
July 30, 2014
Cascade Yarns ® Heritage Sock
437 yards in stash
Little Knits in Seattle, Washington
November 20, 2013

Saddled-raglan yoke version.

I’m working with a modified gauge of 23 sts per 4” in fingering weight yarn; I follow instructions for size 40” to get something around 37”. The modified gauge will probably throw off the length measurement a bit but I’ll simply adjust accordingly, if needed.

I finished the main portion of the body today and started the short row shaping. As expected, I had only 10¼“ at the end of the 88th row from the armpits, so I added an extra 1o rows to reach 11¼” before starting the short row shaping. It’s an inch shorter than what the pattern calls for but I thought the cardigan was a little too long for my silhouette so I decided that that was enough.

This is my first time working german short rows; it’s easy enough and very clearly explained, I just really can’t wait to see what it’ll look like once I’m done with the body!

I finished the short rows today and started the pockets and bottom edge. I wasn’t exactly a fan of the contrasting yarn at the edge of the pockets so I used the main color to work the icord cast on instead.

I finished the bottom edge today and started the pocket linings.

I just finished the pocket linings, so I will be starting the neckband tomorrow. I don’t particularly like the blue line created using CC1 to pick up stitches so I’ll be using the MC instead.

I was able to finish the neckband but I was left with barely a yard of the MC, and too many stitches to bind off. I didn’t like the idea of using a contrasting color to bind off, so I rummaged through my stash and found some leftover Sockulent in color granite. The color is close but not exactly the same, so I (sadly) decided to use a regular bind off instead of the icord bind off because I think a larger border would have made the color difference between the MC and the replacement yarn pretty obvious. So sad! :((

I started the right sleeve yesterday and decided to work the textured section a little longer (60 rows instead of 40). Since I don’t have any more MC yarn, the lower section of the sleeve from the textured section to the cuff will have to be worked with the 2 contrasting colors, so I think I’ll knit them using the same 2x2 stripes as the pocket linings, then switch to CC2 for the ribbed cuff.

After much thought, I decided to stop what I was doing, frog and buy another skein of the MC for the sleeves and the icord bind off. I didn’t quite like where this was going and I really want to be happy with my cardigan, so I will redo what I have to do to make this a project I am 100% satisfied with. I will not settle for any less!

So while trying to undo the bind off, I dropped a few stitches and messed up the short rows of the neck band. I got so upset that I threw the cardigan at the bottom of a drawer and finally just got back to it, 5 months later. I finished undoing the bind off, and frogged the entire neck band so I can start again afresh. If this doesn’t work out now, I’ll frog the entire thing and use the yarn for something else. ‘Nuff said.

Ok, this project has been nothing but trouble and frustration from start to finish, I have reached my limit. FROGGED!

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75% Merino, 25% Nylon
437 yards / 100 grams

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  • Project created: July 12, 2015
  • Frogged: March 10, 2016
  • Updated: May 31, 2016
  • Progress updates: 7 updates