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Making a Wedding Outfit Part 3, The Cardigan!

I’m really sad I hardly wore this cardigan on our wedding day. It was sunny in the daytime (but not massively warm), and for some reason I went without it. I think I thought I’d look better in pictures without it, as I’d really made it in case it was cold, but as a result there are only a handful of photographs of me wearing it. 

The pattern is Marianne by Sharon Miller, from Rowan Magazine issue 37:

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Photo by Rowan Yarns

I used Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Marmalade (596), which I was unsure about to begin with as it’s soooo fluffy!! Actually it looks really lovely. I am not a fluffy person at all, but now I’m looking for an occasion I can wear this for more than 10 minutes! 

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Photo courtesy of Immediate Media

There are mixed reviews of Kidsilk Haze online, and having never worked with it before, I was interested to see what it would be like to knit with. I have to say, I had no problems with it whatsoever, I was just careful not to make (too many) mistakes.  I worked the cardigan in one piece to the armholes and there was a bit of fudging to try and keep the pattern during the shaping, but the fuzziness of the yarn hides this quite well!  The pattern was easily memorised once I got going and it was good fun to knit up.

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Photo by Jesse Wild, Wild Wedding Photos

I made a few adaptations to the pattern; I lengthened the sleeves and lowered the neckline. I wanted to be able to wear it open without it looking odd and hanging funny, so I started the neck decreases at the same time as the first armhole cast offs, then calculated how often to do them to end up with the right stitch count for the shoulders. 

I also omitted any sort of button band, as I liked the shape with the new neckline. Instead I went around the opening with one row of single crochet and fastened off. This picture shows the shape of it quite well:

Photo by Jesse Wild, Wild Wedding Photos

Photo by Jesse Wild, Wild Wedding Photos

Consequently, despite the extra sleeve length I still used far less yarn than the pattern called for, so if anyone is looking for a ball of Kidsilk Haze Marmalade from dye lot 3929 then let me know!

 

Knitted Bunting Pattern on Hobbycraft

free knitted bunting patternI wrote this free knitted bunting pattern last year for Simply Knitting and The Knitter, and we took it to Olympia for a workshop at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show.  The idea was to make a simple bunting pattern for beginners, to teach the basics (garter stitch, increasing, decreasing and eyelets) and give them something to take home and work on.

free knitted bunting tutorial pattern

 free knitted bunting tutorial pattern

Knitted bunting seems to be pretty popular at the moment, it’s cute and is a great party decoration.  I lent my set (pictured) to a friend for her wedding, and it now resides in our office.

So I was quite pleased this week to see that the pattern is currently available through the Hobbycraft blog, which is full of fun and inspiring projects to get your juices flowing, such as card making, scrap booking, crochet, wedding bouquets and home decoration.

So if you’re getting itchy to do something creative, this is a good place to start!