It only took me two weeks to knit, which might be a personal record (I usually average at about three months for a garment…)
The back of this cardigan is a thing of beauty. I like how it makes a feature of the shoulder increases, which create a sort of cascading sunburst effect over the shoulders. The slightly dipped back hem is also a lovely touch.
I don’t think the front looks bad, but it doesn’t have as much positive ease as I would have liked. My tension was particularly tight in this yarn, so I knitted the next size up on 6 mm needles to accommodate. Although it does fit, the front sections ended up quite narrow and this, combined with the drape of the linen, means they hang completely to the side with no front coverage. I also had a whole ball of Lino left when I finished, suggesting it might have come up a bit small…
Since it does fit, and is more of a cover-up for a warm day than a proper cardigan, I’m not going to fret about it too much, but I do prefer my sweaters a bit oversized.
This was my first ever top-down pattern and I’m sold. I struggled with the neckline increases at first (mainly because I was distracted by the Masterchef final) but the rest knitted up super quickly and easily, and I loved not having to pick up sleeves around the armholes. It was also great to be able to try it on for length as I went – I knitted the sleeves a bit shorter because I’m a compulsive sleeve roller-upper.
My only niggle was that I found I got holes under the arms when I rejoined to knit the sleeves. Apparently this tends to happen with top down sweaters, so I tried to minimise gaps by picking up a few extra stitches. At least the holes are symmetrical…? If anyone knows how to avoid this, I and the Social Fabric knitting gang, would be eternally grateful.
Overall, I think the jury’s still out on this cardigan. I really like the colour and the drape, but I think I got quite carried away by the yarn and didn’t consider whether a mustard yellow linen cardigan in wet and (currently) unseasonably cold Devon is such a practical thing. My personal rule has always been to never buy yarn unless I have a specific pattern in mind, and maybe I’ve learned my lesson…
Hopefully it’ll come into its own when summer finally arrives!