In my previous post I mentioned that the sweater I shared was actually my second knit in the last 12 months. Today I am sharing my first ever knitted garment, which was knitted on straight needles. This is the Wool and the Gang Needed Me Cardigan, which I purchased as a birthday gift to myself for my birthday last year. It comes as a kit with everything included, including the mohair wool, the pattern, and a needle to sew the seams up at the end. The shade of wool is bubblegum pink. I didn’t buy the maplewood needles as I prefer to knit on metal needles.
The idea of this kit for a beginner knitter is a great idea. And if nothing else it gave me confidence that I could actually knit something other than a hat. But overall, I have to be honest, and say that I did not enjoy the experience of knitting this cardigan up in the same way that I did when I knit my subsequent sweater on circular needles. Here are some thoughts:
- This is a size 4 (UK size 18 – 20) and it comes up large. It feels too big in the shoulders and the sleeve length (despite reducing them by an inch) is very long and wide. In fact, I have actually run some shirring elastic around the sleeve openings to keep them on my wrist.
- I don’t like the finished look of the mohair knit (single strand) on the large 8mm needles. In future if I knit mohair garment I would select a pattern which uses a smaller needle size.
- I hated the seaming process. This is what drove me to learn to knit on circular needles. I think it looks messy and I didn’t enjoy it.
- The wool was not that easy to work with and did knot up occasionally. I don’t know if all mohair is like that but it was frustrating at times. I also realise now that mohair is very hard to frog!
- Not the patterns fault, but I don’t like the fact there is no ribbing around the front/ neck edges. The pattern is designed that way and I realised that I didn’t like it after I finished knitting the garment.
- I didn’t block this cardigan: maybe I should? If I thought I could frog this easily and re-knit it I would!
- Overall the instructions are ok, but I didn’t like how you were told to just tie new wool on. There was no mention of blocking work and new names had been assigned to stitches that have existed for donkeys years!
So at the minute I am trying to decide what to do with this cardigan. I have worn it once. If I could easily frog the wool I would, and re-knit it. But don’t know if I can face that. For know it languishes in my wardrobe, feeling unloved.