Monday, 27 March 2017

It Is Like Riding A Bike, It's True

Way back last year,  I started a green aran hooded cardigan for my daughter. It was a long time since I had knitted anything so complex, but I was told it was like riding a bike. Its a learned skill you never forget. I was a little sceptical, but was keen to give it a go. A couple of my work colleagues dole out these aran knits like nobody's business, and what impressed me even more is these are aran sweaters or even dresses that "young people" wear. Always a worry when knitting, that it looks frumpy, but there's loads of aran type knits in the shops at the minute.






Well, I can report it is like riding a bike. It did all come back to me and I loved the process. It wasn't all plain sailing though, it was ripped out several times. More often than not this was because I had the length wrong rather than the pattern, failure to read the pattern being the culprit.


I knitted the cardigan in acrylic, Paintbox yarn I ordered online from Love Knitting. I chose acrylic as my daughter had sensitive skin,  no point in knitting her something that would make her itch. Also, I didn't want to tie up too much money in something that maybe wasn't going to be her pleasing. I am happy to report that the yarn was fine to knit with and actually feels quite soft overall. In fact I ordered a few more balls for secret knitting.



And as for the pleasing - she really likes it. That was the biggest relief of all. I have yet to get photos of her wearing it. The weather hasn't been right, or the hair, or my energy levels, but I can do that later.

 
The one weird thing is, the pattern said 1200 g  of wool. I bought 1500 g of wool, you know to be sure to be sure. I have 700 g of wool left. Go figure!

This is one of my FAL first quarter of 2017. I will be linking in with this blog post before the link up finishes.

Helen x

8 comments:

  1. It looks great Helen,.....the mileage must be good in the Paintbox yarn.

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  2. This looks great Helen. An aran knit is on my 'list' of things to do ...It's a long list lol. So pleased your daughter likes it, always a relief when you have invested so much time in a project😀 well done missus xxxx

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  3. This looks great Helen. An aran knit is on my 'list' of things to do ...It's a long list lol. So pleased your daughter likes it, always a relief when you have invested so much time in a project😀 well done missus xxxx

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  4. Just like riding a bike hmmm...looks great.

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  5. Expertly knit. What are you going to knit with the leftover wool?

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  6. I loved watching this sweater come into being over the past little while, but not too long of a while--you are pretty fast! It's a gorgeous colour and I can't wait to see it modelled. You make me want to knit sweaters again.

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  7. This is downright gorgeous. I am, sadly, no longer a 'young person' (not even close) but I would wear this and pretend, given half a chance.

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