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Antler Cardigan

January 12, 2015

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I have a friend who could probably wallpaper her house with the emails and messages I’ve sent her regarding this cardigan.  I have been lamenting, knitting, frogging, and re-knitting this project for the last year.  About this time one year ago, when O asked me to knit him a sweater, my knitter-mama heart soared!  We went to the computer and searched Ravelry.  O chose the pattern as well as the colorway.  I purchased the pattern, ordered the yarn, and got to work.

This was a quick knit, an easy knit.  The directions were clear and the cables uncomplicated.  But for reasons I’m still trying to comprehend, it just gave me a whole lot of trouble.  I swatched and checked my gauge and did all those things that I don’t always do.  Yet, for some reason, the fit was all wrong.  I knit the entire sweater, sans button band, only to realize that it did not fit.  At all.  The 4-6 size didn’t even reach around my rather slim then 4 year old.  Plus, the shoulders were tight.  I glared at the sweater for a few weeks and then unknit the entire thing.

Not easily deterred, this knitter-mama took some time to calm down and tried again.  This time I sized up and tried the various pieces on my boy as I went.  It was once again an easy knit but slow going simply because the the project had lost some of it’s joy the second time around.  Wanting my boy to have the sweater he asked for, I persevered anyway.  Off the needles just after the start of the new year, this time the cardigan fits, even if the neckline is a bit wide.

I still can’t say exactly what went wrong, considering so many other knitters have had wonderful results with the same pattern, and I did (for once) check gauge.  I can say that nothing I’ve knitted has ever caused me so much frustration.  I can also say that this morning when my boy put his new sweater on before school, my heart warmed in a way that can only be caused by seeing someone you love wrapped in something you made with so much love (and stubbornness) just for him.

Ravelry project page with a few notes and extra photos here.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. January 12, 2015 2:48 pm

    Oh my gosh Carrie – you had to unravel all of it and start again? I think I would have nicely asked him to pick a new pattern so that his Momma wouldn’t have to swear quite so much or drink so much wine while knitting! Awesome job and I can imagine just how proud you are seeing him wear it. And I hope you’re telling everyone that comments on it that you made it!

    • January 13, 2015 10:31 am

      Yep! I knitted the whole thing twice! O has been so resistant to mama knitted sweaters that I was rather committed to making the one he asked for. Though I was tempted to just let it go a few times, I’m glad I stuck with it. (Also, I paid for the pattern and couldn’t just let it “go to waste”.) :)

  2. January 12, 2015 9:10 pm

    It’s beautiful, I’m so happy you didn’t give up!

  3. Janet permalink
    January 13, 2015 10:24 am

    Beautiful pictures, beautiful story, beautiful perseverance!

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