But in the end I am very unhappy with this cardigan. Even though I knitted it a size smaller than the measurements indicated would suit me, it still came out far too big. I have since washed it a few times in a very hot wash to try and shrink it, but it has not worked. I used the specified yarn and everything!
This is what it looks like in the pattern book, as though it should be one of those cardigan/jacket garments that you can just throw on and wear with ease. But it isn't.
Shoulders. It is so heavy that it always wants to drop down the front. I am forever readjusting the shoulder seams to stay on the tops of my shoulders.
Collar. It is always trying to sit upwards and never sits down. I am going to try and tack this collar down, just so that I can fuss less over it.
Bust. Despite this being far too big for me, the buttonhole section still gapes and pulls! And for the first time ever it isn't the fault of my bust.
Sleeves. These are just too baggy and too long. I have to wear them folded up at the cuffs. If only they'd been knitted downwards, I could have unraveled 10cm and cast off. Unless this is possible? anybody?
On the plus side, I did enjoy knitting the lace panel at the back.
And I do love the wooden buttons.
And I am proud that I made it all by myself.
I hope I can salvage this and turn it into the cosy,"just-throw-it-on" cardigan that I fell in love with.