Amherst Cardigan

I’ve finished knitting the Amherst Cardigan! Emphasis on the word ‘knitting’, since the actual finishing – the blocking – still remains to be done. I’ll get to that after about six months, since that’s probably when I’ll finally use the sweater. The ends are woven in, thankfully, since I weave in ends as I go, so I won’t have to worry about those pesky things when I block.

Amherst Cardigan
The button bands are also i-cords, since I didn’t have yarn left for ribbing. I hope they show after blocking. (And I wish stockinette didn’t curl…)

Phew, this sweater took me a long time – three months! The result looks underwhelming and does not appear to justify the time taken, but I think because I didn’t actually get much knitting time in the three months, it just about accounts for it. Still, it was pretty long, and all I want now is to knit some lace shawls. πŸ™‚

Other than the time taken, I don’t have any qualms about the project – I now have a sweater that’s taught me brioche basics, and is still wearable during the winters here since it’s not all squishy brioche stitch. I got to work with brioche stitch with one color, both flat (the hip border) and in the round (the cuffs), and with two colors (the yoke, of course.) Then there was the brioche decrease as well (the Raglan decreases.) Though I’ve still not mastered the stitch, I’ve learned how to fix mistakes in my knitting. And that’s a sign that I might actually have gotten to know the stitch a bit better now. Brioche-learning goal mostly accomplished! πŸ˜€

Amherst Cardigan - Yoke
I’d like to add a loop-and-button setting, at least at the top. I’ll probably get to that when I block the sweater. (And my short row technique definitely needs an upgrade. Can you see the bumpy distortions in the stockinette stitch row near where the raglans end in the picture?)

What next?

This month might just see some excitement of looking for a new knitting / crochet project (or designing one.) My sis and I would like to decide on a project for her – probably a shawl, but I’m wondering if I should also start a shawl for myself (potentially for my mom if she ends up liking it) as an alternative project. Ahem, yes, big plans, considering I’m short on crafty time. πŸ˜€ Since I don’t want to purchase new yarn for myself, I’ll need to take stock of my current stash and decide what to make…

I’ve not been blog hopping much last month; I hope this gets fixed soon. Meanwhile, I’d love to know what you’ve been up to!

14 thoughts on “Amherst Cardigan

  1. It’s beautiful! Loop-and-button will fit it I think, great idea!
    The short rows are only visible when you say where to look for them, and honestly, I think it really depends on the yarn if they show or not. Smoother yarns tend to show them better, more fuzzy ones hide a lot of mistakes or imperfections. But I think your short rows are fine and barely visible. By the way, do you use German short rows, wrap and turn or some other technique? german short rows are my favourite but when I knit in the round, the last short row never looks good because at some point I have to stop turning the project and instead go back to knitting in the round, and I really can’t solve the problem of this last short row and how to make it look fine. I don’t even know if what I wrote makes sense, ugh.
    Anyway, well done and I hope you’re going to enjoy wearing it!

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    1. The visibility of the short rows in this project varies by light too, I think. They’re way too visible at times, and not much at times. I use the wrap-and-turn(+lift) method, but I think I should try the Japanese short row method – I like the more even distribution of tension, the lack of which is probably causing the distortions in mine. But you’re absolutely right that the yarn is a major contributor in hiding / showing the turn – the yarn and the stitch, I love short rows in garter stitches, sometimes no wrapping is required at all, lol!
      I get your issues with the last short row of in-the-round knits. If it were flat knitting, it would have been handled in the next WS row, but now you’re left to deal with it in the ‘second half’ of the RS row itself. With the wrap-with-lift technique, I usually try to align the wrap and the ‘main’ stitch to be more conducive for a k2tog (or whatever the pattern calls for) but I agree it still looks wonkier than the other side.

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      1. And now I’m going to have to try Japanese short rows!
        I also try different creative methods of dealing with the last short row (like adding a stitch then knitting 2 together) but it’s never exactly what I want.

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    1. The shawls that you linked in your post are beautiful, but this time, we might need to try something different since my sister doesn’t fancy triangular shawls or (semi)circular ones, and if we try to fit a rectangular shawl to her liking, it might end up the size of a small blanket. (And it’ll probably take me half a year to complete it. πŸ™‚ )

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    1. Thank you, E.C.! Phew I’m so glad the yarn lasted πŸ™‚ but not too stoked with the icord button bands due to the curling of the fabric. Hope the blocking fixes the curling somewhat…

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  2. Dear Anita, your knitting work is impressive! Even though I’m not a knitter myself, I totally understand the joy of wearing something you have made with your own hands. And I could think of some over-sized polymer clay buttons to go with your beautiful sweater;)
    Have a beautiful and creative day!

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    1. Thank you, Mihaela! It’s wonderful indeed to use something one makes themselves, be it apparel, accessories or items in the household. I think oversized buttons would go great with this sweater! πŸ™‚

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      1. I totally agree with you, Anita! Enjoying something that you’ve made with your own hands or that another person has made by hand (as opposed to mass production in a factory) has a special energy and you get a special feeling from this experience.
        Have a beautiful and inspired day!

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