I haven’t been sewing anything recently as life has gotten really busy. I’m still thankful that I picked up knitting last year, as I can do as little as a row or two every night, which really helps me to unwind. I’ve just finished the Wainthropp Cardigan, another beautiful pattern by Andi Satterlund.
I used this lovely 8 ply tweed wool from Bendigo Woollen Mills and got a pretty perfect gauge with the suggested needle sizes. The colourway is rust, which is a brick red colour with specks of neutral throughout. It goes with my wardrobe nicely and I really like it. In these photos, I was wearing it with my McCall’s M6696 shirt dress.
I cast on this project on 19 June and finished on 18 July. I made a size XS, and used about 1.5 skeins of the wool only because I shortened the sleeve to 3/4 length instead of full length and omitted the pattern on the sleeve hem. 3/4 sleeve cardigans are just more practical for me.
I love the pattern across the body. It took me a little while to get used to but surprisingly I didn’t make many mistakes. In fact, it’s almost perfect! The only thing I stuffed up was one sleeve was a little longer than the other. I don’t know how I did that, I thought I was counting thoroughly but clearly I wasn’t!
Again, love how it used short rows to shape the top of the sleeves, it’s magical and sits so nicely on the arms. The technique used in the ribbing is new to me, and it’s quite interesting. Instead of 1×1 rib, you knit or purl through the back loop instead. The result is a neater, more prominent ribbing. It’s so cool.
According to Ravelry, I’ve knitted 10,295 meters of wool so far. Sounds pretty impressive for a newbie 😆!