Happy Christmas everyone! I finished the Christmas cardigan for my mum the day before yesterday (Christmas Eve Eve) and I think she’s happy with it.
The cursed sleeve cap
As you can tell from above, the steeking went pretty well. Firstly, I crocheted either side of where I wanted to cut. Then I got my scissors out and carefully cut one line of stitches down the front. Nothing unravelled and it all behaved nicely. It was only when I had one half of my button band made that I realised that I was going to be stuck with a whole pile of wriggly bits underneath each band (you can see them in the picture). Since this cardigan is designed to hang open, these are going to show from time to time. I think I will probably sew some ribbon facing over them to cover them up and make it all secure. I know it all sounds worrisome but overall, I think it was worth it because working the body flat would have taken me a lot longer than it did.
I chained around the entire outer edge with single crochet to tidy it all up. As you can see, one of my button bands is pulling up a little but I plan to block the bejaysus out of it so it should behave in the end. It fits, she loves it, success! I will post pictures of Mum wearing it soon.
Remember those black socks I was working on? Well, something went horribly, horribly wrong last Thursday so I won’t be talking about them for a while. Have a look at my wimple instead.
The pattern is Ice Queen from Knitty. I’m using Kidsilk Haze and some beads I got in Yellow Brick Road on the Quays. I am about three-quarters finished and I’m surprised that it has turned out to be a very straight forward knit. I have only lost a few beads, which is really saying something. Those things can really bounce.
I hope everyone is enjoying their own Christmas knitting! Have a good one and be safe (punch and needles are not necessarily the best combination)…