This afternoon I added the buttons to my daughter’s lace cardigan. It’s taken 19 days (mainly knitting for an hour or so in the evenings) from start to finish, which is a fairly long time for something so small! However, my new needles made knitting so much more enjoyable and I can’t wait to use them again.
Whilst knitting, I learned several things. One main lesson was to count my stitches at the end of the lace row, as forgetting one yarn over can lead to a small, but irritating, amount of frogging if you’ve done the purl row and most of the knit row already!
I also discovered that if your gauge is out compared to the pattern then you may need extra stitches in the button and buttonhole bands! (This was a fortunate mistake as my daughter is very tall so she needed the extra length.)
As well as this, I learned that my decreases are much neater when knitting two together than when slipping a stitch and passing the next one over. I need to work on this otherwise every piece of lace that I knit will look uneven. (If you have any tips for this please share!)
I really enjoyed knitting this, even with a couple of unplanned learning curves! Yesterday I followed a friend’s advice and gently handwashed and blocked it on a towel. I didn’t use any pins, I just shaped it carefully, rolled it in towel to get rid of excess water and then left it to dry. The effect of blocking it was amazing, as it went from curled up and bumpy lace to something that I think is quite pretty.
This morning I took my daughter into town to choose some buttons. I thought this was a brave decision (akin to playing button roulette) as we could have ended up with anything. However, she went for the subtle approach and chose these pretty little white pearly buttons. The lady in the shop was a superstar and let her help to count out 6 buttons on the counter. My daughter lapped up the attention like a true diva!
The cardigan is quite a nice fit, not too tight or too loose. However, I think I will need to ensure it is given plenty of TLC when washing to ensure it doesn’t go baggy. (It’s 50% wool and 50% acrylic so I’m not sure how it will wash, I may stick to handwashing only.)
Every little girl needs a white cardigan to go with party dresses, and this one will be just the job for a year or so. Now to plan more projects, I’ve got my eye on one or two from Tin Can Knits.