Saturday, 22 February 2014

Finally I've made something - my Miette cardigan

This post has been a long time coming... It's been nearly three months since I last blogged! 

It's not because I haven't bothered to make anything. It's because I've not been up to making much recently due to feeling unwell.

I started knitting the Miette cardigan back in October with a deadline for the New Year, but alas I had to stop working on it for two months over winter as it was taking all my strength just to go to work and back. Most nights I was fast asleep on the sofa by 7 o' clock!

Luckily I started feeling a bit better a couple of weeks ago so I finally have a finished garment to show. And I am so chuffed with it - my first, proper knitted garment!

I made a few modifications with the help of Gail from gksagenda - without her, I don't think I'd have even got past the first few rows so a big, fat THANK YOU!! And thanks also to Jo from makingitwell for the inspiration and tips!

- I moved the bust darts to the side seams (I'm very glad I did this as I think it may have looked a bit weird worn unbuttoned with the "bust cups" on show!)
- I lengthened the body and the sleeves a little (I wish I'd made the sleeves longer; even tho I tried it on as I went along and thought they were full length, they've turned out to be three quarter length)
- I did plain 2x2 rib rather than the twisted rib in the pattern

I learnt so much new stuff doing this - new stitches, how to make buttonholes, how to make changes by calculating the differences between what the pattern recommends for gauge and what I actually knit, how to use DPNs (double pointed needles), how to steam block and lots of other new techniques.

Talking of buttonholes, I made them just as told only to find that the cardi doesn't actually do up as it's a teeeeny bit tight across the bust. Oops! So I only put the top button on. To be honest, it doesn't matter a jot as I never wear cardis done up anyway.

I love this cardigan, it's great for wearing with dresses and skirts and very comfy. I think I will almost certainly be making another one in a different colour! Oh yes, the yarn is Kirkton House aran weight, funnily enough from Aldi of all places!!

Right now I'm making myself a new hot water bottle cover (my current one is a bit holey) while I wait for some yarn to arrive. Kat and I are going to do a little knitalong together next month using the awesome o w l s jumper pattern from Kate Davies. If anyone else fancies joining in, let us know!

At some point I will do some sewing too but I'm easing myself back into crafting with knitting at the mo... I have some plans which I will share over the coming months!


  1. Yay! You're a Knitter now!

  2. Hey looks awesome :) Bring on the owls!! xx

  3. Congratulations on finishing your Miette (I was already slaking your progress on Ravelry)! It looks absolutely gorgeous! Have fun with the owls! They are a great pattern to make and so cute!!!

  4. English Girl at Home2 March 2014 at 10:07

    Hello, glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. I love your cardigan. Didn't you only recently start knitting! I'm very impressed.

  5. Hi. I came across your blog from your post on andis site where you shared your owl sweater (gorgeous!). I'm knitting the miette at the moment, just started on the bust. How did you move your darts? I'll have to wear mine unbuttoned as its going to be a bit small I think (also that's how I prefer to wear cardis) but I didn't even think about the darts!

  6. Hi Lisa Marie I used the really helpful miette KAL notes that Gail did:

    And in particular this post:

    I did have help from Gail herself for the maths tho as at that point in time I didn't have any experience in knitting mods so didn't know what to do! Hopefully you'll be able to work it out using the KAL notes - I found them invaluable... Good luck and I'll keep an eye out for your finished cardi!


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