Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cardigans for Mom

This is a little belated, but I wanted to finally share December's completed projects!  After frantically knitting all night before Christmas, I was able to finish a cardigan for both my mom and Al's mom for Christmas.  I chose two patterns that were pretty easy to follow and didn't take as much time as the cabled pattern that I knit for Al last year.

I made this cardigan for my mom with a bamboo ewe yarn by Stitch Nation and followed the My Fair Cardi pattern.  I followed the instructions and measured my garment according to directions for a Medium sized cardigan, but it still turned out a lot smaller than I thought it would.  I don't know if it's just me, being an amateur knitter, or the pattern, but I have now mentally noted to take more notice of the size of the pieces as I knit them so I can adjust accordingly in the future.

I made this cardigan for Al's mom using a silky bamboo yarn by Naturally Caron and followed the Baton Rouge Cropped Jacket pattern.  I didn't realize until after I was nearly finished that I actually was using a different yarn than the one on the pattern (mine was spa, the yarn in the pattern was country).  I liked the pattern, but I wasn't a huge fan of the yarn.  The silky yarn was very soft, but it snagged easily (I have rough hands!) and was not woven very tightly, so my knitting needles often only picked up part of the strand.  (Again, that might just be because I'm just an amateur knitter!)

I can't wait until my next knitting projects, but it might have to wait awhile--my hands and wrists are still recovering!