It didn't actually take me too much longer to finish the knitting part, but it did take me a heck of a while to get my lazy self to the button shop. I do have lots of buttons at home, but mostly mismatched and nothing that would work. Eventually, I got some cute little spotty ones that I'm quite happy with.
So, at last, I can show you the whole garment.
Hoorah and ta-dah!
You can see also, that I'm wearing the very dressy-tunic top that inspired me to make the cardigan in the first place. The yarn colour is exactly what I wanted to go with it, which was a very lucky break. It just so happened that I had found this particular yarn only a few days before in a Christmas Sale. So when I thought of the cardigan idea, there it was, ready to go. That never usually happens!
A little word about the yarn, while we're here. It's Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK, which as you can see, is not that cheap. That's why I was so glad to find it in the sale! Now, I would whole heartedly recommend this yarn, it's gorgeously soft, a lovely colour, delightful to knit with. The stitches look good and it feels lovely to wear. But...
It was absolutely full of knots! I should think of the eight balls I used, only two balls didn't have a knot somewhere in them and some had more than one!! Is it just me, or is that a bit much? I mean, £6 a ball and you can't even give me a whole piece of yarn - wow. So, I'm torn. I love the yarn, but I don't love the knots. There. That's the full disclosure, I shall leave you to make you own choice! Maybe I was just unlucky?
Well, that aside, I really enjoyed knitting it. The pattern is great and well written. It's called Velynda and it's by Bonnie Marie Burns of Chic Knits. It's actually a worsted weight pattern, but I knit to the 38" instructions and it fits my 36" frame very nicely. I even did a swatch and everything to make sure!
The only other thing I changed, was to change the sleeve to a three-quarter length sleeve, instead of the full length on the pattern. Strange really because I always used to hate 3/4 length sleeves. 'What's the point?' I'd say. 'Surely if it's cold enough to want a cardigan, I'm going to need my whole arm covered', I'd moan. Yet now, I love them. Odd. I wear layers more now-a-days, that's the only thing I can put it down to. I often wear full length sleeve tops under my cardi and hey, if I'm still cold, then that's what hand knitted arm warmers and mitts are for, right?
Just to make life easy, here's a summary of all the essentials:
Pattern: Velynda by Bonnie Marie Burns (And the Rav link)
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft Baby DK
Yards: I used 1172
Needles: 3.5mm (US 4) and 4.0mm (US 6)
Size: Knitted a 38" in DK to get a 36"