The cardigan I was knitting is destined to be frogged. It has come up WAY too large, so will have to go. This [above] is what I shall be putting in its place; it is BURR by Veronique Avery and I have knitted it
once twice before and it has become a firm favourite. The pattern isn’t the clearest,[to me anyway] although it is a very simple knit [although I may just have had a few senior moments when reading it] and super easy to do. The picture above belongs to Jared Flood and I think I bought the pattern from Brooklynknits. Anyhoo it is up on my Projects page on Ravelry [Creatifcrafts]which will probably give more details. My first knit of Burr was in a gifted acrylic in a soft Old Rose colour, which, despite being acrylic is super soft. The downside is that it does pill a little bit. I have to admit to being a bit of a fibre snob and prefer to knit in natural fibres, 100% wool or wool/silks blends [as in the picture below], or alpaca or linen blends, but a gift is a gift and not to be sniffed at but received gratefully, as this was. As I said I wear it often and is one of my go-to cardis if it gets a bit chilly. I think because it is a bit lighter than the 100% wool cardis I have knitted and is not such a pain to wash as they are [there you go – confession time, I love 100% wool but hate the stress of washing it- I’m sure I’m not alone].
This silk/lambswool blend I bought on Ebay from KingCraigFibres at a very reasonable price. It knits up very well and although is billed as 4ply it knits to a larger size than the 4ply of the Classic vintage cardi I was knitting. I didn’t test the tension first, when will I ever learn? But I will test the tension carefully for Burr – which is supposed to have two strands of wool together to get the required tension – if this is the case I will have to go back for more and hope the shade matches.
Do you know the most annoying thing about having to frog this knit? That is apart from the actual frogging of it, [I put the time spent down to a learning curve ~ I’ve long since ceased being phased by my mistakes, they are almost friends.] It is that I took the Classic pattern as the standard for the other cardi that I am knitting from my handspun BFL. I had finished the back and was merrily knitting up past the armhole shaping on one front, when I decided that it looked too small compared with the Classic [it was my own pattern] so like a doofus I frogged it only to find that that was right and the pattern was wrong!! One day I will learn to trust my own judgment, only to find I am wrong again.