I finished this cardigan back in January but partly due to the miserable extended Winter, I only got around to taking the photos recently. My mum was behind the camera on this occasion, and the lovely backdrop is the weathered wood of her studio.
The pattern is ‘Louise’ by Deb Hoss and is knitted in Lang Yarns Merino 120. I made the sleeves full length instead of 3/4 as in the pattern, by just knitting two extra repeats of the diamond lace pattern before beginning the increasing. I suppose I could have made the cuffs a little narrower to compensate, but they worked out fine 🙂 .
It’s the size M (40″) and is probably a bit big for me (37″ bust), despite the apparent gaping on the button band. The neckline is wide and loose and with my gauge / this yarn it’s a bit stretchy causing the shoulders to fall a bit. Looking at the pics, I could have probably adjusted the positioning of the buttons to help the band overlap better – they are sewn centrally. The pattern includes short rows in the garter buttonband to compensate for differences in gauge between it and the lace. However, with my gauge, this appears to have made the band too long and caused some puckering.
I have worn it pretty much constantly from finishing it until when Spring finally broke a couple of weeks ago! It’s a fun, well written knit and the lace is simple enough to memorise and keeps things interesting. Deb has lots more similar lovelies on her site, Deb Hoss Knits.