This sweater has been a saga. I am amazed that I even finished it because it was by far the least fun I have ever had knitting. My wrist issues started when I started this sweater and I have my fingers crossed that they end with it too. But, I am glad that I stuck with it and finally got it off the needles, even if it took the better part of a year.
Rowan Felted Tweed is a beautiful yarn. I loved working with it – it was soft and light in my hands. There were many times that I wished I had chosen a different color. Well, a lighter color, actually. It would have been easier to see the dropped stitches and the mistakes I made in the cable. But I don’t think I would love the finished sweater so much if it weren’t this pretty brown.
The garter rib was tedious. I kept messing it up – knitting when I should have been purling and vice versa. When I look at it now, I like the subtle detail and think ripping out all those wrong rows was worth it. I do love the mock seam. That is just plain beautiful.
The tangled yoke – well, it was a tangled mess most of the time. But in the end, if I went at it one repeat at a time, I swore less and managed to get a whole row right. Add up 18 right rows and you get a whole cabled yoke. How I managed it, I am not sure. The frustration was worth it. I think it is pretty amazing.
The buttons are shell and they pick all the little tweedy bits in the yarn. I wish they were a smidge smaller, but oh well. They do look nice.
The sweater is comfy – it’s light weight, but still warm. The sleeves are too long (my fault – I added too much length) and the overall fit is a little big (my fault, too – I lost weight). I don’t care – it’s a good problem to have. I still adore it. I am just so happy that I am finished knitting it.
So there you go – item number 3 checked off the craft goal list. That, too, feels good.
Pattern: Tangled Yoke Cardigan by Eunny Jang
Yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed, Color 145, 8 skeins
Needles: sizes 4, 3 and 0, 32" circulars and size 4 double points
Modifications: I added length. 1 1/2" to the body and 1" to the sleeves. I also picked up a few extra stitches on the button bands to make up for the length. Otherwise, I knit it as the pattern said.
Would I do it again? Hell no. Was it worth it? Hell yes.