OMG. I finished it!
I started this cardigan last April and it’s taken me this long to finish it. I took advantage of my week off work over the Christmas period to get my head down and get knitting!
This is the Wool and the Gang Vivienne cardigan which I bought as a kit (pattern + wool included but no knitting needles) because I was feeling a bit hipster…
It uses their Shiny Happy Cotton yarn (which is really really lovely 100% cotton yarn) to make a simple oversized cardigan.
The knitting is really straightforward. It uses a combination of a twisted rib stitch and a garter stitch with hardly any shaping required. It’s literally two very long straight panels for the body and some slightly shaped sleeve pieces which are all sewn together.
It took me so long to make more from lack of interest than difficulty – I’ve never been a keen knitter but I like to have a transportable craft on the go for when I’m away from my sewing machine!
The end result really is VERY oversized and the sleeves are long even though I made them slightly shorter than the pattern asked for! The weight of the yarn means it stretches out quite a lot as well. To be honest I think I could have done with making it all a bit smaller though the pattern only comes in one size. I’m thinking of either using smaller needles or just reworking the whole pattern measurements if I do something like this again.
On the other hand, it is really warm and cosy! Though it does have an alarming habit of falling off my shoulders a lot.
I’m still just really proud that I managed to stick with and finish it!
Annoyingly it would’ve literally taken a tiny fraction of the time I spent knitting this to just sew something similar. BUT I guess that’s not really the point of knitting!
Now to start on that second kit I bought…