Just after Christmas, after months of making things for other people, I had the urge to knit something for myself.
I love Artesano (and was gutted to find out recently that they have gone into receivership – another independant yarn shop gone) and I found this lace cardigan pattern on their website, for free, no less. Here’s the link – download it while you can as I assume the website will be offline soon: – free lace cardigan pattern
The suggested yarn was their Alpaca Silk Lace, so I went ahead and treated myself to four skeins of ‘French Rose’.
The lace pattern is a simple repeating pattern and, although I lost concentration and made a few mistakes, the pattern is quite loose so they don’t show at all.
Fast forward to May and the goal was to take it to Spain as a light cover up in the evenings. Well, the knitting was finished in time….but not stitched together, so I took all four panels with me with the intention of finishing it on the first day or two of our holiday.
I blocked it.
I even sewed it together.
Then it came back to England with me and I forgot all about it until the other day.
Re-discovered underneath several WIPs in my lovely sewing cabinet, I dragged it out and sat down, determined to make the flowers there and then.
Look, matching nails and dress, too:)
Half an hour later, the flowers were completed and all that was left to do was the chain cord that would act as a buttonhole, joining the two flowers.
It’s quite special as cardigans go, so I thought I’d glam it up with a pair of designer mules for the photos.
I love the scalloped edge at the bottom.
It’s so easy to wear and not at all restrictive.
The pattern calls for twelve knitted roses dotted about on various seams, but I left it at two, on the front opening edge.
I slapped on a matching lippy and met hubby for a drink at lunchtime and he loved it. Or was it the heels…….?