It’s taken a long time to knit this gorgeous cardigan. I love Kate Davies designs and having never done a fair isle garment I thought this would be a good first project as there’s not too much colour work.
It has however been a bit of a test! Firstly the jamieson and smith yarn is beautiful but very thin for 4 ply so this took ages to knit. Secondly, I need entertaining in my projects and there’s a lot of plain coloured stocking stitch in this, which I thought was good initially. But it’s hard to feel progression, so I was very excited to reach the yoke.
Until I realised how complicated three colour fair isle is! How on earth are you really meant to cope with three balls of wool at once! I thought I would get confused with Kate’s suggestion of slipping one of the colour on the first round and then just knitting that on the second time around, effectively knitting each round twice. So I persevered with three colours at once. Slowly. Unfortunately as I’m new to colour work the yoke has come out a little tight.
I steeked it using Ann kingstone’s method as it seems less bulky though I reinforced it first, just in case!
Once steeked and I’d recovered my breath, it just needed button bands adding and some lovely buttons sewing on. Look how pretty it is!! I thought about covering the steeked edge with ribbon, but in the end I don’t think it needs it, I’ve just lightly sewn it down. I can’t imagine jamisons rough wool will unravel, it’s like Velcro.
There’s only one problem now, it’s far to warm to wear it….