It fits! It fits!

I’m late again….

These photos were taken last Thursday when we went out to dinner. There were hand knits all around! My niece is wearing the Tiny Tea Leaves I made her and my sister is wearing her birthday present from me: the Lemongrass Bolero/Cardigan.

Excuse the blurry photo, this is how the finished garment looked on her. Perfect fit I think. The right bottom seemed to have stretched a bit too much during blocking but it looks alright draped like that, unbuttoned.

The stitch pattern at the bottom of the body helped avoid any possible riding up and curl. And the buttons in front help further in keeping it stay in place. I made quite a lot of mods in this piece, first is to add length to both body and sleeves and then ditch the billowy sleeves.

The colour is wow! Sundara is a genius, we all know that but looking at this, it’s just beautiful. No wonder I had fun working on this cardigan the entire time. Well, okay maybe not during the final stages where I was knitting on the seemingly endless button/neck band! When I picked up for the sleeves, I picked up 5 extra stitches at the underarm. Decreased 2ts on the first round. Decreased one more on the next round then began stitch pattern 2 until I was happy with the length.

And of course I did buttonholes on the band. Buttons are from Craftland in Dubai, a present from Melissa. I love how they blend and still contrast with the dark yarn. I think I winged the buttonhole, not following any written instructions anywhere, but they worked very well. I may have bunged up sewing the buttons because the bottom two are far closer to each other than the others. Regardless, I love this garment and my sister does too!

Project: Pine Forest Cardigan (Raveled!)
Pattern: Lemongrass Bolero by Stefanie Japel
Yarn: Sundara Yarn Worsted Merino, colourway Pine Forest – I used about 3.5 skeins
Needles: 4mm
Cast on: 29 Oct 2010
Cast off: 27 Nov 2010
Notes: Modifications as above.

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