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Knitted Rib Cardigan
I found the pattern for the Cropped Rib Cardigan in The Art of Knitting magazine. It was the stitch that attracted me, but I kept putting off knitting it because I didn’t like the colour nor the length of the sleeves or body. As I am a bit more confident in knitting now, and I am trying out the use up your stash challenge, I though why not try it. It was very easy to extend the length of the arms and body by working more of the straight rows before decreasing or increasing begins. Once it was to a length I was happy with, I just followed the pattern to finish it.
I chose some Stylecraft Special DK that I had. I was hoping to get away with just using the Sage colour but I didn’t have enough. So, I tried to integrate the grey colour but I still didn't have enough yarn. I reluctantly went on and bought another ball in the Sage just so I could complete it. However, I now have the huge dilemma of BUTTONS! I am really struggling to find some that fit well with the colours. I completed the cardigan at the end of June and I still haven’t found any buttons that work nor that I like! I have worn the cardigan by using stitch markers as temporary buttons. Hopefully, I will find some soon (any suggestions greatly appreciated!)
The finished size was to fit bust/chest 97cm, which was the largest size in the pattern.
The pattern called for working in knit (garter) stitch and stockinette/stocking stitch. These are some of the first stitches you learn as a beginner.
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Stylecraft Special DK 100g (3.5oz/322yd/295m) balls in following colours (or colours of your choice):-
3 x Sage (1725) and 1 x Grey (1099).
Weight category: UK DK [US 3/Light Worsted/DK].
Tension/gauge: 22 stitches x 30 rows = 4″ (10cm) on size 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6] knitting needles.
The knitting needles I used were 4mm/UK 8 [US G/6].
I give the Stylecraft Special DK yarn 5 out of 5 for the following reasons:-
- It is amazing to work up;
- There is an extensive range of colours;
- It is wonderfully soft for a DK yarn;
- The finished result is lightweight, yet warm and cosy;
- It is extremely cheap and cost effective – I paid about £1.95 per 100g ball (but there are places that sell it cheaper) and it was worth every penny.;
- Would I use this yarn again? YES, DEFINITELY.
I hope this brings you creative joy and inspires you to start your own yarn-tastic journey.
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