Bamboo eyelet cardigan begins

My Fair Cardi is now deemed to be a morning / midday project, since the black color of the yarn is not very work-friendly in the ambient light of evenings. As a result, its progress has slowed down. Looks like my sister has a bit of a wait ahead for her cardigan. Either that or I’ll have to use up a few vacation days. 🙂

My evening project is now a cardigan that I’m making from yarn that I originally bought to make a top. Could yarn shortage be a problem? Nah! I’m using a large gauge, since I’d like the sweater to be airy without incorporating lace or eyelets.

Well, that’s not entirely true. I wanted a column of some pattern for the back of this cardigan. Bamboo eyelet was one of the earliest eyelet patterns I looked up, and I used that here. I modified the position of the eyelets to make them move around a bit. So essentially, though it doesn’t look like bamboo anymore, I’m still calling it bamboo eyelet cardigan.

Bamboo eyelet cardigan - progress

I’m mostly done knitting the back, and consequently, with the bamboo eyelet pattern too. The front and sleeves are plain stockinette, and since I consider that boring, I hope I finish the pieces soon. 🙂

Lacy Hearts cardigan — the back

I’m done with the back of the lacy hearts cardigan, and just like I mentioned in my previous post of the series, I added a small lacy pattern detail at the top of the back. A wise creative decision 😉 since it makes the piece look not-so-plain. Check for yourself —

Lacy Hearts cardigan -- back

Lacy Hearts cardigan — back

I’m going to sew up the three front and back pieces at the top by making knit stitches with the sewing yarn. I’ve bound off all of the topmost stitches in all the pieces, but if I didn’t bind off the stitches that will need to be sewn up, it’ll probably make the sewed edge look a bit nicer. I’m not going to undo the bind-off this time, but this is something I’ll remember for my next knit-in-pieces project.

To join the pieces at the sides, I’ve decided to use the mattress stitch — I’ve never used it before, and all my sewed edges so far have been very visible. That’s one of the reasons I don’t like knitting bottom to top in pieces.

The other reason I’m not too fond of knitting in pieces is the sleeve shaping, which I’ll have to embark on next. It goes great from the cuffs till the armholes. Then comes the tough part of knitting the sleeve to fit the sleeve hole correctly. I did the calculations by myself for just one project, and I was not pleased. That was for a super-lacy project, though, so the holes in the lacy pattern kinda masked the results of incorrect measurements. I can tell you that the calculations seem easy in theory / in my head, but for an amateur knitter trying to create her own pattern, it does get messy at times.

A simpler method, of course, would be picking up stitches around the armhole and knitting from top to bottom, but I want to figure out those sleeve-shaping calculations, so the difficult way is probably what I’ll go with. One has to keep trying and learning from past mistakes, or how will great things come about, right? 😀

Anyway, wish me luck for the sleeve shaping, and as always, I’ll let you know how that (mis?)adventure goes.