Friday, 3 August 2012

Short-Sleeved Cardigan showing off

It's finished, and it took less than 300g of yarn (it weighs 273g including the buttons).

Back view:
Side detail:
I'm particularly pleased with the buttons:
They match very well, don't you think?

There was slight pooling just above the waist, but that only lasted for a few rows:
The pattern was quick and easy - top down construction so minimal finishing.  My only criticism is that the whole pattern's on two pages, so it's a bit squished up.  I missed out the instructions on the top ribbing after the first buttonhole because it just said "work 2 rows even" in the middle of the line, but by the time I realised I was halfway down the yoke and decided I wouldn't rip back.  I did make the sleeves a bit longer than the pattern stated because DD1 asked me to as she doesn't like cap sleeves.  I think the pattern says to pick up the stitches around the armhole, work one row and then go straight into the sleeve ribbing, so I did ten rows stocking stitch after picking up the stitches from the waste yarn and then did five rows of ribbing.

Would I make it again?  Yes, but I might do garter stitch instead of the ribbing at the neck and around the sleeves and on the button/hole bands as others have done.  I think it's a pattern that could be modified to make it longer, perhaps leaving out the reverse stocking stitch triangles, or adding a stitch pattern.  Overall, I'm very pleased with this and think it's something that DD1 will get a lot of wear out of, especially on her forthcoming cruising holiday with Granny and Grandad (lucky girl!).

Since finishing this, I've been spinning.  I finished some burgundy merino which I'm planning on making into a Lucy bag.  I'm not sure yet if I've got enough, or if I'll have to add some other yarn in as stripes.  Once I've done some housework and ironing I'll wind it off onto my niddy noddy and work out how many metres I've got.

I also started spinning some yarn for a Colour Affection scarf/wrap, but more about that next time.


  1. It's lovely!! And you'd think the buttons where made for it, they're a perfect match. :)

  2. Beautiful! What is the name of it?

  3. It seems to just be called Classic Silk Short-Sleeve Top! It's available from this newsletter: and hopefully this will take you direct to the pattern PDF:

  4. Lovely colour - looks like a great top

  5. Great. I love the darts (?) sorry can't think of the word!