I have a finished knit to show you finally. I’ve been working on three knitting projects at the same time and I thought I’d end up finishing them at different times and then adding in new projects. Turns out I went ahead and just knit all three projects at the same rate and finished all three of them within a few days or each other. This Hitofude cardigan is the only one that I’ve managed to completely block and even wear this week…..the weather dipped below 80F (25 C) and I declared it sweater weather (for about 10 minutes!)
I actually made the Hitofude cardigan last year. It was my second sweater/cardigan that I’d made and I loved it! I loved making it, I loved the feel of the cardigan against my skin, I loved the colour…..I loved everything except the fit. Even after a really hard block where I stretched out the lace work it wasn’t right. At first I thought I’d be ok with it – it wasn’t crop top short but it was above the waist band of my jeans when I normally like the length to be at least 3-4 inches longer (to detract from the backside!) and the front of the cardigan pulled up really high and I though it looked a bit weird.
Thus it lived in the bottom of the closet for a year – until I was doing a clear out recently, rediscovered it and realized that I loved it enough to rip it all back out and remake it. Luckily when I’d bought the yarn, which is Madelinetosh Light in the Medieval colorway, I’d bought 3 skeins and only used 2 when I knit the cardigan. I think the last time I made it I made a small according to the measurements but this time I erred on the side of caution and made a medium.
I also changed up the pattern a little – I didn’t like the way it pulled up at the front which is cause by all the extra stitches in that area so I decreased the number of stitches. I did 4 repeats of chart A below the rib band before moving to charts B-D (I didn’t do chart E at all) and for each of the charts B-D I repeated the last 8 rows one extra time. This allowed me to get extra length without increasing the number of stitches at the same rate.
I really like how it turned out this time. The length is perfect for how I like it. The front sits flatter than the original version and I think it makes it more flattering and easier to wear. I’m really glad that decided to remake this one, now I have a cardigan that’ll be very heavily in rotation this Autumn rather than languishing in the bottom of the wardrobe forgotten.
Now to start blocking the featherweight and the daybreak shawl!