FO and MOS 10/52: Peggy Sue cardigan

13 Oct

I can’t hear the words Peggy Sue without hearing this song in my head. But this isn’t a story about a song. It’s a story about this cardigan. A looong overdue story about a cardigan I knitted all by myself.

So proud of myself for knitting a whole cardigan!

So proud of myself for knitting a whole cardigan!

This was my summer 2012 knitting project. After learning to knit Christmas 2011 and spending 2012 knitting baby clothes and slippers, I wanted to graduate to making grown-up garments. But I knew I’d want Mum around to help so waited until my Christmas 2012 holiday at Mum’s to crack into it.

I started looking at patterns and yarn months earlier, emailing links and scanned patterns to Mum for her perusal. Eventually we settled on Peggy Sue – the pattern was free (here from Ravelry) and Mum decided it was a suitable balance of easy but not boring with a couple of new skills.

I cast on on Christmas day 2012 with my new Knitpro needles (having swatched earlier and Mum giving me the right sized needles that day as a Christmas present!) The pattern was easy to follow and flew off the needles. I cast off on January 6 and sewed on my buttons and wove in the ends the day after, making this my first make of 2013. I was DELIGHTED.

My first day's effort. I knitted for about 8 hours straight after casting on at lunchtime.

My first day’s effort. I knitted for about 8 hours straight, after casting on at lunchtime.

I made some alterations to the pattern, all in the length. I shortened the stocking stitch portion so it finished just under my boobs, and did one or two sets less of cable ribbing so that the finished length sits on my true waist (which is naturally high). And I lengthened the sleeves so they finished just above the elbow as the yarn was so super smoodgy that I was worried it would be too warm for super short sleeves. Otherwise I knit it as written. I was exactly in between sizes so went for the smaller of the two to ensure a close fit.

I was determined to finish the cardi so knitted everywhere, including in the car on the way to Russel

I was determined to finish the cardi so knitted everywhere, including in the car on the way to Russell!

Although the vast majority of this is stocking stitch, it does have a cable rib section. This was my first time doing cable and I really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to working more of this in the future.

I do want to stabilise the button band with ribbon to stop the ripply edge that the cardigan gets – this is in the pattern photo too so it seems to be the thing, but I don’t like it! So it’s been sitting in my mending pile all winter – better get on to that soon!

I love the cropped length and slightly longer sleeves

I love the cropped length and slightly longer sleeves

The yarn is Urban 8 ply machine washable wool from Skeinz, and it’s lovely. Unfortunately I haven’t worn it much. This year we had the most amazing summer in Wellington ever, stretching well out into what should have been autumn – then turning into winter almost overnight. I went from singlet tees to merino thermals without much lingering in the middle. However, as we head into spring now hopefully it’ll get a lot more use. I do still worry that the sleeves should be full length, in case as the finished garment is too warm for the sleeve length I’ve got, but I think it’ll be a great season transition piece – if we ever have seasonal transitions.

No bagginess at the back, yay!

No bagginess at the back, yay!

Although I’ve never knitted a traditional make and sew knitted top, so proper scientific comparison is impossible, I’m already enamoured of the top down all-in-one method as it’s great for fitting and it’s so exciting to cast off and tadah! Have a finished object sitting in your lap.

I have since cast on another cardigan for myself but progress this year has been SLOW. I’ve taken a leaf from Lladybird and started knitting in my lunchbreaks, although have inadvertently ended up agreeing to teach a colleague to knit as a result. Whoops! However, in the last couple of weeks since knitting at lunch it’s really started moving along so fingers crossed it’s finished soon!

A close up to shot the neat cable rib band at the neck and the moss stitch band

A close up to show the neat cable rib band at the neck and the moss stitch button band

The final set of photos were taken the same time as the photos from my skirt remakes, so once again heaps of thanks to Jo from Making it Well for wielding the fancy camera and Grace from Miss la Belle for the posing tips. It was so much fun hanging out with these guys!

And because of Grace's and Jo's influence, here is my knitting-does-pinup pose.

And because of Grace’s and Jo’s influence, here is my knitting-does-pinup pose.

12 Responses to “FO and MOS 10/52: Peggy Sue cardigan”

  1. thecuriouskiwi October 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm #

    Yay for yummy red (self made) cardi’s and I have to that I definitely noticed you have been practising your posing, the last pic in my favourite, nice! :)

  2. Scruffy badger October 14, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Nice work!! Thisis your first knitted piece of clothing?! Unbelievable, it looks perfect ( and I know you say about the button band, but if it’s in the pattern picture too…)
    I’m not surprised you’re giving knitting lessons already! Gorgeous colour too…

    • missjoiedevivre October 15, 2013 at 11:22 am #

      Thanks heaps! Having my mum on hand to fix my mistakes helped immensely I must say :)

  3. Jo October 14, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    It’s very pretty! And red is so you. I totally agree on the top-down thing. So much better in so many ways! I can’t wait to see what you come up with next :)

    • missjoiedevivre October 15, 2013 at 11:23 am #

      Thanks so much! Conning fromsuch an accomplished knitter I appreciate that.

      I can’t wait to finish my blue cardi, and I’ve only got another half a dozen or so projects waiting for me after that…

  4. Sandra October 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    I agree it will be a nice transition piece for your wardrobe. The length of the sleeves are perfect and I think red suits you. I love the cable on the bands, such a nice job.

  5. 66stitches October 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

    Yes the colour is perfect for you. And it will go with lots of things too. So impressed by you clever knitting people :-)

    • missjoiedevivre October 15, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks so much! :)

      And us knitting people are happy to help you if you’re keen to learn!

  6. Teresa Buckthought October 14, 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    This is just beautiful! I have to admit we have some mighty talents girls in the WSBN right? Sewing, knitting – we can do it all :)

    • missjoiedevivre October 15, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks so much!

      I reckon WSBN can do anything between us!

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