I have been working on my second miette cardigan. It isn't the cream one that I wanted to make when I was knitting my blue miette, but at least I filled that hole in my wardrobe when I sewed up a cream cardigan a couple of months ago.
This version is made from the same yarn as my blue miette, just in a different colour. It is Paton's Jet in alpaca / mohair.
For my blue miette I made quite a few changes to the original pattern, and after wearing it for a while, I decided that the next version would have even more changes made to it. I made it the same extended length in the body and sleeves that I did the first time, but had a few more changes in mind.
So here goes, these are my additional changes:
- Made the largest size. Despite trying to make a cardigan with zero ease, last time my knitting turned out a little too tight, and I still ended up with negative ease. I am a bit more relaxed with my knitting now, so it has loosened up a bit more, but I chose to take the gamble and make this one bigger. I'm much happier with how this fit turned out.
- Knowing that by making the largest size the neckline would sit wider on my shoulders, I also did extra rows on the neck band, and to balance that out, extra rows on the hem and wrist edges. For each of these I did 15 rows.
|Note the size of the neckline before doing the rib|
- Changed my bust decreases to side seam decreases. (See below) Although I love the look of the dart under the bust, unless you have the cardigan buttoned up all the time, which I don't always do, the top hangs funny and the darts look a little silly. To do this I pretty much followed the decreases used by Gail in her miette knit-along.
- Added a total of 8 extra stitches at the side seams to go over the hips, and to compensate further down, one extra repeat in the pattern. I did this by doing paired increases with a stitch between, knitting into the front and back of stitches in the side seam (see above)
- For the sleeves, I again added 6 additional stitches under the arm instead of two, and then knit 17 rows before doing paired decreases every 5 rows until I had the 48 stitches that I needed before the pattern.
- For all of the ribbing, rather than knitting into the back of stitches in the rib, I did a plain K2, P2 rib.
- Used larger buttons, as the small ones slip out of the buttonholes unless they are all done up. I also dyed the buttons, the same colour as my hand dyed bra, and they are the same buttons that I used for my daughter's quilt, just dyed a different colour.
And there you have it! No dramas with losing stitches this time. They all behaved for me and none disappeared.
And although I started this way back in January, I have only just finished it, just in time for winter!