Thursday, March 15, 2018

FO: Wildflower

After an evening of ripping and re-knitting, the Wildflower cardigan is finally done.
In the end all it took was a smaller needle and some plain ol' garter stitch to pull that neckline up to where is needed to be. I'm a little sad to lose the lace, but I'd rather it fit right, so I'm not going to complain. Sometimes simple is just better.

When I started this project back in the middle of July of last year, it was suppose to be a quick project I could get off the needles in no time. And I should have been. By the end of July I was already onto the lace edging. But then it got set aside and didn't get picked up again until February of this year.
Admittedly, the miles of knit-on lace edge can be a bit of a slog... but it's worth it. Especially once you get it all blocked out.
There's also a row of eyelet flowers around the yoke, and the bottom, just above the edging. Sadly, they don't show all that well in the handspun.
But I don't complain too much, because that handspun is beautiful. I love the range of stripes. Another thing to note about that handspun - it was, of course, spun by Mom. In fact, this whole little cardigan is a bit of a family affair; Mom spun the handspun, Miss Rowan dyed the edging yarn (Alley Cat in Larkspur), and I, of course, designed and knit  it!
And one last thing.... I had the perfect buttons for it! These pretty little copper flowers were bought years ago for my second Tea Leaves cardigan, but they ended up being too small. I put them away knowing I'd find something to use them on. And did I ever - the warm copper echos the warm tones of the handspun, while contrasting beautifully  with the coolness of the edging yarn.


I may take this to Mexico for a few modelled shots on the beach, but my photographer will be Dave, and his skills are hit and miss... so no promises.

10 comments:

Rachelle said...

It's very feminine and pretty, I can just see it with a nice sundress.

Vera said...

This turned out so pretty. I think I actually like the "plain" neckline better...really offsets the lace at the arms and hem. Well done!

Araignee said...

It is such a pretty thing!

Delighted Hands said...

Stunning and you finished it just in time!
I love all the details that make this really special.
It will look great for your Mexico trip!

Dee said...

I think the garter neckline is just PERFECT! And, those buttons....oh so CUTE!

Tired Teacher said...

Well done! This is a sweet cardigan and would look fabulous with a denim skirt or jeans.

kathy b said...

Everything you changed about it must have been perfect because it looks so pretty. Thinking of you and your trip . Just had dinner with friends who just returned from a fabulous 10 days in Mexico on the beach. Im so looking forward to your stories, and your photos. oh, and those buttons are amazing

Eastside Cats said...

Adorable! Um...does Dave read your blog?

Judy S. said...

It's a beauty! i love everything about it. The buttons are just perfect, too.

chrisknits said...

It all came together to make an awesome cardi!