When I bought the pattern for Hitofude and read through it I figured it was going to take a really really long time to knit. I figured I’d stumble over the new-to-me lace knitting, the provisional cast-on and the interesting construction. I couldn’t have been more wrong – it was a dream to knit and quite possibly (with the exception of a chunky cowl I made last year) the fastest knit I’ve ever done. Start to finish I think it took about 2 weeks. I just couldn’t put it down, the lace pattern was very quick to grasp so it was actually an easy mindless knit for in front of the TV.
I learnt so much from this knit and collected another couple of knitting first including that provisional cast-on, a three needle bind off and a first that I probably shouldn’t actually admit to…my first time actually blocking something. I know I know.
Before I finished the cardigan I tried it on and debated whether or not to do an extra 2 inches of pattern because I thought it looked a bit short but then I knew it was going to grow when I blocked it so I erred on the side of caution and followed the pattern – I did however have a lot more yarn leftover than I expected.
I blocked it and it grew alright. It stretched out the lace work beautifully along the back but I feel like the sides might not be blocked out fully, they still seem a bit too short especially at the front and I think I’ll give them a second block. Also I think next time I will knit an extra repeat, I tend to like longer sweater and cardigans anyway (always go with your gut!)
I did however wear it yesterday anyway. It’s perfect for this time of year because it’s light but warm and crazy soft. Every time I caught sight of it I smiled. I will definitely be making a second one – perhaps in a charcoal grey for winter.
[Hitofude is a patten available on ravelry; to make a size small I used 2 skeins of Madelinetosh Light in Medieval, bought in a yarn shop in Virginia beach]