Kelly Complete


The Kelly cardigan is complete. In fact it was complete about 2 weeks ago making it a pretty quick knit. I am always surprised at just how quickly Kidsilk Haze seems to knit up. I made the small size although I am wondering if perhaps I should not have perhaps made the extra small? I am not petite but it would seem that often the patterns I choose are rather too generous around the chest and yet almost always too short in the body for my liking although I guess that is just a personal desire not to flash any midriff wobbles . I didn't add any length to this and I had my usual trouble setting the sleeves, does anyone else find sleeve setting a nightmare?



I really love wearing this, I wish I had gone for a different colour because this really only goes with a few things in my wardrobe, I may be forced to knit another. The yarn is used double and it is so light and warm, like being hugged and who doesn't want to wear a cardigan that hugs you?


The pattern does not have button holes but requires snap fasteners, if I had bothered to think about this before knitting I probably would have made provision for button holes because I think tiny pearl style buttons would be gorgeous. The only snap fasteners I could find locally were rather clumsy looking so I opted for my usual fall back of a brooch fastening and I am happy with that for the moment but should I knit this again I would certainly add button holes or maybe if I wake up one morning and feel like making tiny i-cord (this is unlikely but you never know) I could add button and loop closures.


What to knit next? I have a baby tank top on the needles and a 4ply cotton sweater for Tilly, who would have though a garment to fit a 4 year old could require so many stitches? My gosh, it is a slow knit, does anyone else find 4ply cotton seems to take longer to knit than 4ply wool? Is this scientifically possible I wonder....? Anyway, I digress, I am wondering what to make for my next big project. I am really taken with some of the projects in the new Rowan Bamboo book but I haven't seen any real ones out there in blogland as yet. I am also keen on the little silk cardigan in the Erika Knight book. Decisions, decisions.....

Comments

Amelia said…
Does anyone else have problems setting sleeves?? Oh yes. To the extent that I went on a Rowan finishing course with a cardigan that I'd knitted ready to be sewn up. The lady teaching the course was a bit taken back when I basically said all I wanted was to learn to set in sleeves. Don't care about picking up stitches, 3 needle bind offs or short row shaping (although those bits were quite good). Just me how to set in a sleeve. Which she did. And they are better now, albeit not perfect. So I sympathise. Lots. x
Flibbertygibbet said…
That colour is absolutely beautiful!
kris said…
oooh so pretty! it looks great on you!
Marie said…
Oh, that is absolutely beautiful! I love the colour, and the brooch is just perfect. I have been wanting to knit a cardi with KSH held double for ages, and now you inspire me to do something about it!
Charity said…
You look wonderful! This came out really nice, and I love the brooch fastening.

I always have a tough time deciding on what to knit next... the Erica Knight cardi is lovely, though! :0)
kim said…
As always, you have impeccable taste in color and closures. The sweater looks lovely on you.
Karen said…
The cardigan looks superb, and great on.
jacqueline said…
oh wow! that cardigan has come out absolutely gorgeous!! it has the beautiful wafty look about it.

i love the brooch but the pearl button idea would also have been gorgous.
Kathleen said…
I think that looks fantastic, brooch and all. I must say you wear it well! This is another style that I wouldn't have looked at twice in the pattern book but when you see it on a "real person" it is so much more appealing.
martinasds said…
Hi there,
may I ask you how many balls of Kid silk haze you needed for the cardigan? I have just designed a wrap around cardi to be knitted in KSH double but have no idea about yarn consumption - if I know how much you used that at least gives me a guideline.
many thanks
Martina
(knitter, crafter etc from London - non blogger however)
Helen said…
this looks so nice and soft. Love the colour too.
Absolutely gorgeous! I am feeling very inspired, now, to knit one of these sweaters-that-hug-you-back for myself! Love your color choice, as well.

As for the sleeves, I have found that Rowan patterns have especially difficult sleeves to set in... oftentimes not enough of a curvy, bell shape to make an easy set-in.

As for your next project, definitely the sweet short-sleeved silk number from Erika Knight's book--I'd love to see that one knit up.
carol said…
Oh so stylish and pretty. I love the colour and it looks wonderful on you. Lovely, just lovely especially with the brooch rather than the snap fasteners.
Flavaknits said…
Kelly is beautiful, and what a lovely brooch - I always struggle with setting in sleeves , it takes me at least 2 attempts each time. One day I'll get it.
Miss Twiss said…
I just love the colour of this sweater! Well done.
Lina said…
Congratulations on your finish! It's beautiful and looks good on you. And I LOVE that color!

And I know what you mean about setting the sleeves...
Krawuggl said…
Kelly is so beautiful and it looks gorgeous on you! I like so much how you wear it with the skirt and a longer T-shirt under it, gives it an absolute feminin, fantastic style. Your brooch makes it also look very sophisticated, and small pearl buttons would give it a lovely vintage appearance (thanks for this suggestion!).
Setting in sleeves is the most horrifying thing for me, I always fear so much to definitely disturb all my knitting with ugly seams. May I aks you how you usally do it - at last with back stitch or at first with mattress stitch?
yvette said…
Your cardi looks fab, I hate sewing up but setting in sleeves in particular.
Cecile said…
I love your cardigan so much, it looks really beautiful!
Wendy said…
That looks fab. Now I have popped over here i am going to crawl back under a stone .............you have been so busy and so productive.( have to admit very inspiring)
heather said…
Absolutely gorgeous - love the golden tones. And the sleeves may have been a night mare but they look great :0)
Strikkelise said…
It's beautiful, and it goes very well with that great skirt!
sue said…
I think your cardigan looks gorgeous, and it looks lovely on you too. I love the closure too.
handknit168 said…
The cardi is very pretty by KSH. It is simply and looks nice on you.

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Vanessa said…
I love your kelly. It's gorgeous!!
Elizabeth said…
Ooh la la.
I don't find setting in sleeves in knitting as difficult as in sewing. Maybe that's why I don't really sew clothes anymore
The sweater looks so soft! Very nice.
MRS MJW said…
Wow...now that's pretty. Why is simpler always so much prettier?
Anonymous said…
Looks great!! I like the colour. I love the Classic Knits book and just finished the chunky turtle neck sweater and it fits well. Just wondering what is your chest measurement since I want to start on the kelly sweater as well and is deciding on size. The chunky sweater I knit the S but the kelly cardigan seems to demand a snuggler fit. How many KSH did you end up using? Thanks.
Nora said…
Well, blogger mustn't be updating you feeds... HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?
It's stunning. A truly beautiful piece.
sweetfigs said…
Your new cardi is just lovely.

Did you use a pattern? I googled on "Rowan Kelly Kidsilk," and found a very different cardigan in Rowan 31 (made from All Seasons Cotton, with a wide button band).
Mary said…
I love this sweater. I just learned to knit and am totally in love with it. Enjoyed your blog so much I may try a sweater myself. Thanks!
Elena said…
Your Kelly is lovely. Oh, and I think the colour on yours is awesome. Also the one Kris(strikker) has made, in Trance, is marvellous. I actually want to make one too. But can't decide which colour too choose - it is between the beige and the teal.

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