Yay! I’m very proud to report that I have finished my first knitting project since Edgar arrived on the scene. With a new bub, the knitting time has dramatically decreased. This has taken me about 8 weeks to complete, but I think if I was knitting at the same pace as pre- third child, it would have been done in about 3.
This one has been quite exciting, as I learned a new trick: cabling. As it turned out, the cabling really wasn’t as hard as had I thought it would be. The main thing to note is that you need to make sure you don’t pull too much on the stitch that is on the cable needle when you are knitting into the next stitch or the cable stitch, or when you’re positioning the cable needle (so don’t pull it too far back or too far forward). The other trick is to then make sure your new stitches are nice and tight. I also placed a stitch marker at the start of the cable section, just to keep me on track.
The pattern is absolutely gorgeous. The instructions are simple and easy to follow; each cable stitch is clearly explained, as is the binding off suggestion. There is a written cable pattern instruction, as well as a chart. I used the written one, because that made sense to me, as a first time cabler. There are a number of different cable options to personalise it or mix it up a bit. I chose the heart cable, and it looks very sweet.
The only tricky bit is when you are casting off some stitches under the arm, but even that is well explained. There is also a link to a helpful video to teach you visually (which helps me more than trying to wrap my head around lots of words).
The yarn is a Madeline Tosh twist dk in Rose Amethyst (and yes, it is just about as vibrant as it looks photographed). It’s lovely to work with, is nice and soft, but feels sturdy too, so hopefully it will hold up well. You can find the pattern here, and best of all, it goes from sizes newborn to 6 years, so I will definitely be knitting more of these.
Ravelry details are here.
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