Wool and the gang needed me cardigan: DIY pink mohair cardigan

Wool and the Gang Needed Me Cardigan in bubblegum pink mohair

Hi Everyone,

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.

Wool and the Gang Needed Me Cardigan in bubblegum pink mohair
Wool and the Gang Needed Me Cardigan in bubblegum pink mohair

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!
Wool and the Gang Needed Me Cardigan in bubblegum pink mohair

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.

Until soon!

Wool and the Gang Needed Me Cardigan in bubblegum pink mohair

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26 thoughts on “Wool and the gang needed me cardigan: DIY pink mohair cardigan

  1. You should always block your knitting and if it’s knit in pieces like this sweater, it should be done before you do the seaming. Blocking is magic. That said, if your sweater is too big now, after blocking it’s going to be even bigger. The great thing about (most) knitted projects is that it can be frogged and the yarn reknit! I’ve been knitting for 12 years – so definitely not an expert. I love that pink, my absolute favorite color.

      1. One thought about what your pink mohair will do…
        Knit a small swatch on the same needles. Maybe 4×8. Wash it & lay it out flat scrunched up to 3×6. See if it can be blocked smaller. That way you’ll have a better idea before risking the sweater & all the work you put it.

        You have the option of using your cream rinse to condition mohair.

  2. iT IS LOVELY ON YOU. ENJOY WEARING IT. JUST A THOUGHT, WOULD THE DRY CLEANERS BE ABLE TO BLOCK IT FOR YOU? MIGHT MAKE IT A BIT SMALLER. MIGHT BE WORTH ENQUIRING. MY GRANDMOTHER HATED KNITTED WITH ANGORA OR MOHAIR, THERE WAS AN OLD WIVE’S TALE TO KEEP IT IN THE FRIDGE SO THE FIBRES WOULDN’T GO UP YOUR NOSE WHEN TRYING TO KNIT. I ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR BLOG, YOU DO LOVELY WORK. HAPPY SEWING AND KEEP SAFE.

  3. The color is nice, but obviously way too big on you. Could you still pick up stitches all around front and neck and knit the ribbing and maybe a belt? And how about rolling up the bottom of the sleeves, making sort of like a cuff? If you can, look up Kim Hargreaves’ book Echoes, pattern Wave. It somewhat looks like your cardigan.

  4. Oh, one more thing. I don’t know what stitch you have used to sew the cardigan together, but I like to use a mattress stitch on almost everything. Almost invisible from outside and gives nice narrow finish on the inside. Good luck.

  5. Lovely work on your first Cardigan! I totally understand your frustrations.
    I’m not sure of the Wool and Gang kits… I wouldn’t recommend mohair to a beginner and the mixture of big needles and thin wool will give you a garment that will grow and go out of shape easily.
    I know people say to block knits, but honestly I knitted for years without ever blocking anything😂.

  6. Fabulous look. I can sew, but knitting has always escaped me. Love those colours on you.

    Jean (subscribed)

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  7. I’ve frogged mohair and found that knitting it again on its own wasn’t great, but held together with another yarn ( I used lace or fingering weight smooth yarn) actually came out well. The frogging process itself is awful, but needs must, ey?!

  8. It is a nice sweater. Too bad it not your taste. I would gift it as not to let it just hang in the closet. Or give yourself some time. There have been a few projects that I didn’t light initially. But after some time, they grew on me. Just a thought.

  9. Is the yarn just mohair or a mohair silk blend? I also find this a challenge to knit with. Try putting the sweater in the freezer overnight and then frogging it. On a day when you have a lot of patience frog your sweater. Then a) knit it on a smaller needle or b) combine the mohair with either a lace weight or fingering weight wool yarn and re knit your sweater. Or find another pattern for mohair combined with abother yarn that you like better. Best of luck. You do look pretty in pink! 💖🇨🇦

  10. Frogging? I have knitted since childhood and never heard this term. From your post and some of the comments I assume it means unravelling, yes? Very tricky with mohair unless you have the patience of a saint.

    1. Thanks Beth. Yes apparently the term frogging (meaning unraveling) comes from the fact you are ripping stitches out. Rip it. Rip it. Sounds a bit like the noise a frog makes. Yeah I have heard horror stories about frogging mohair. Not sure I am up for it.

  11. You can block this now. Decide what size you want (larger or smaller) and make a plastic or cardboard rectangle that size. If you use cardboard, wrap it in plastic to keep it from dissolving.

    Hand wash the sweater in warm water with no agitation. Wrap it in bath towels & press it out until it’s not sopping wet.

    Arrange it on your sized rectangle(s) – body & sleeves. Put the whole thing in the sun to dry. Turn it every few hours to encourage back & front to dry.

    You might like a knit or grosgrain facing for the front to stabilize it more. Is the yarn single or 2 ply? Mohair does better plied = or knitted with 2 strands of mohair or 1 mohair & 1 wool.

    You can do this!

  12. Sweater looks great with the dress, but I share your frustrations with the rolled edges and the fit issues with many sweater patterns. Have you looked at the Cocoknits Method book by Julie Wiesberger (sp?). She’s developed a top down method for sweaters that is elegant and fits REALLY well. Once I discovered her approach, I have never gone back, and even now adapt other patterns to use her approach.

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