Thursday 7 December 2023

Ta Dah! Asbury Cardigan

Hello folks! I thought my new cardy project deserved its very own post. It is a real corker which I have, on the whole, really enjoyed making. It was a go slow cardy which I started back at the end of August. I fully expected it to take me until Christmas - I finished it on the 1st December!


First up in this narrative is the yarn. A selection of 4ply yarns mostly from Wonderwool. The pink and ivory solid colours were a bargain but as such, a mystery. Huge hanks for £10 but no ball band! The green one is a hand painted 4ply sock yarn which was also in a bargain bin at Wonderwool. The variegated one is from a local Christmas fayre last year and was also £10. I purchased the 2 small balls of Jamieson and Smith especially for this project as the dark tone to hold the hole colour palette down. So I started off with round about £50 of yarn but I did get two garments.

 

In order to continue the story I have to go back one project. I wanted to know how much left over pink I would have for the cardy idea so I firstly made a simple sweater from this pattern on ravelry. I ran the pink double and made a super cosy sweater. After making this I knew whether pink could be my main colour or if it needed to be ivory which in all honesty would be my second choice (I am a bit messy you see!)


The project started and this strip of fair isle was the most difficult to follow. Every time it came up, I didn't look forward to this segment. In fact I had to buy some more stitch markers to help me do it. I had to pattern on the purl side too which I always seemed to get wrong. Sectioning it up with stitch markers did reduce the amount of times I had to go back and try again.




The floats are great. I am good at this now so my cardy has a nice amount of stretch and is really warm because of the extra yarn on the reverse. The reverse photo hits all of my knitting geek buttons at once.


I had enough yarn to do fair isle on the sleeves but I didn't have enough motivation to keep doing that patterned strip that was so tricky so I knit them plain and added the dreaded segment at the wrist to tie the whole thing in. The cardigan is called Asbury and is designed by Martin Storey. The best bit is the pattern was free on ravelry! OK so I changed up the shape a bit to make it less fitted but I absolutely love wearing it with my dark green cords.



It has a real Autumn/winter feel and is really cosy. The sleeves are a compromise but one I am happy with to have a completed cardy not one shoved in a bag for a couple of years. I am all about the finish. 

I need a little basic crochet in my life right now for a brain rest. More on that later.....

Thanks for stopping by. Jo xxxxxx

11 comments:

  1. Thats lovely.A bit vintage style. I love your combination of shades. So satisfying to use up wool that you already have too. I can tell you will enjoy wearing it.

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  2. That's just fabulous Jo! Your stranded knitting skills are top notch. I didn't realise stranded knitting is possible for patterns knitted flat. Ingenious. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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    1. It is possible but not as enjoyable as in the round because as you have worked out in your head, stranding on a purl row is really hard - you can't see the pattern reveal itself so there are always mistakes for me on that row....making the next knit row impossible !!

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  3. I wouldn't even know where to start with that! Well done - it's gorgeous and I'd be cook-a-hoop if I'd produced it! Health to wear it out!

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  4. That is really beautiful Jo and colour really suits you too.

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  5. El jersey rosa es maravilloso, amo el rosašŸ©·y la chaqueta me parece un gran trabajo porque conseguir hacer todas Ć©sas cenefas es toda una aventura. BESICOS.

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  6. Oh wow, it is gorgeous and SO professionally done, you have made an amazing job of it. And I love the colours, perfect for winter. Definitely not the sort of pattern to be knitting unless you have laser focus though! The sweater is lovely too, good to have two new jumpers at this time of year. I am still making scarves, which is perfect for my zero level of late evening focus :) CJ xx

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  7. Love, love, love your cardi. It is several years since I did any faire isle knitting but I can feel the urge coming back seeing your beautiful cardi.
    Jane

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    1. My purl row tension isn't great so I like to fair isle so that I can disguise it!

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  8. Beautiful fair isle cardi and a pretty pink jumper. Just perfect.

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