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May Cardigan

I almost didn’t finish this on time for the Tops, Tanks, and Tees Knit-along.  To be honest, it wasn’t blocked and ends weren’t woven by midnight, but as far as I’m concerned it is finished.

Meet May, everyone.  It’s that Bristol Ivy design I was telling you about, and like so many of her patterns, it has an interesting fit and construction.

Details: I used US needles sizes 2 and 4 to knit the second size.  The cartridge stitch took some concentration at first, but eventually became second nature.  Have I mentioned how much I love the look of it?  It’s like ribbing on crack.

I used two skeins of Nice and Knit fingering weight yarn in the Nantucket colorway.  It is gorgeous.  I’d been wanting to try this yarn, so when I saw they were having a sale on this colorway, I jumped at the chance.  So I got the two skeins for this and I had plenty, with a little left over to knit into my sock scrap blanket.  I’ve been working on this for about a month, but I am so not sick of this color.  Luckily, I got a skein of worsted in the same colorway sale.  It is taking much willpower to keep from casting on the worsted skein for a hat.  I keep reminding myself of how good I’ve been at whittling down my WIPs.  (I only have 5 at the moment, and 1 is a repeat knit, just for the heck of it.)

This was a straight forward knit so I can’t think of anything else to say about it.  I suppose I should mention that a couple of us who knit it in the TTTKAL thought the fronts seemed too long to connect to the back at the dimensions given, but blocking worked it’s magic and they seamed up nicely.

On the subject of blocking, this is pretty flexible.  One lovely knitter knit with little ease, whereas mine has some.  I actually like lots of ease and wouldn’t have minded more, but I could block this out further if I really wanted to.  It is flexible that way.

Every time I planted seeds this spring, we had torrential rains start the next day.  This cycle repeated itself three times.  Now it’s so incredibly hot a lot of things just won’t work from seed.

(more on ravelrykollabora, flickr, and instagram)

At least the zinnias have taken off, which I’m making use of by posing so naturally here.   Can’t you  hear me saying, “Ah, let me just spread this ribbing out and check something.  Hmm, I see… yes, I do feel like a dork standing in the mud and staring at my sweater.”

Check out the rest of the Tops, Tanks, and Tees KAL finished tops,

My other post on this knit is here.


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