Sunday, 25 January 2009

Knitting Fanfare......

Those of you who have followed this blog for some time will know that I have wanted to improve my knitting and learn to crochet for some time.
You may remember this in a previous post...

It is quoted as suitable for beginners. I am not a complete beginner but this was going to be my first knitting project without my Mum nearby to sort out the mess I always seem to get myself into.

I eventually got the pattern sorted out with a little help from Iris and over the Christmas Holidays I got on with it quite well. I actually finished it a few weeks ago and then I needed to find a way of fastening it. The magazine suggested a ribbon tie and I have brown ribbon, but I did not really fancy that idea. So I went to a shop and had a good look at their buttons and found this...

I then crocheted a cord and stitched it onto the other side of the cardigan to fasten the front...


The sleeves are bit wide at the cuff even though I cast on the exact number of stitches. I have found that this stitch pattern moves and grows a little like the feather yarn scarves you can buy or make. Buy turning up the cuff a little it seems to help keep its shape a little better. i shall see how the fastening goes, if it does not work well then I shall go back to using the ribbon as the magazine suggests.
I chose brown as it will go with much of my wardrobe and is a fairly neutral colour. I have some wool left over and was not sure whether to crochet a few small flowers to have on the front or to leave it. I am quite pleased with it and I will wear it. I definitely like the pattern and feel a scarf or bag coming on!

Off to have another go at another recycled scarf into a bag session. year 10 were quite impressed with it and a couple said that they had some scarves that they might have a go at with this idea.

Hope you all had a good weekend.

xx

PS New items have been listed in Folksy Shop for UK buyers.


16 comments:

GenerallyGemma said...

That is lovely! Where was the pattern from?

Kitty said...

It's great Andrea! Well done you. I have been wrestling with a crochet hook all week. The hook won :-( x

Carol VR said...

I've yet to start mine, but I soooo love how yours turned out.

wonderwoman said...

its great - well done you! i've yet to master crochet but am hoping a friend is going to show me soon!

xx

twiggypeasticks said...

Well done Andrea, it's lovely. I like the colour too.
Twiggy x

kleinzonnetje said...

Well done! It looks fabulous.

JuliaB said...

Wow! You clever lady! I reallly really must get to grips with my knitting fantasies but I am a bit frightened! Your cardi is WONDERFUL though!! xx

Leah said...

I love your blog, conratulations on that gorgeous cardigan, I love it!

Gina said...

It looks good! The button is lovely finishing touch.

Country Bliss said...

Well done it looks lovely. For some reason, in my head,I thought you had dark hair lol.
There's an award on my blog for you. I'm now going to look at the button site.
Yvonne x

SummerSadie said...

Wow. I am so impressed with your sweater. As someone who doesn't venture into making clothes of any kind, I'm super impressed by anyone who does. Good job!

Nan said...

Great job! I like the button closure too, I hope it works out well and you won't have to go to a ribbon, just because that button is so COOL! LOL

I think you did a lovely job and all by your self! Yay you!

kathy said...

LOVE IT, YOU DID A GREAT JOB.

Chocolate Cat said...

This is so nice. I've never managed to knit anything I'd actually wear but I think this will be very handy for you!Well done.

Primrose Corner said...

I love your cardigan and the button really sets it off. Very brave to tackle a project without your Mum to help sort you out if you got stuck.


Your year ten's sound like a nice group to teach, but then you're obviously fantastic at inspiring them.

inkberryblue said...

Congratulations! It looks lovely!

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