Hello! I've knitted the Miette cardigan. This is a free downloadable pattern by Andi Satterlund
This design first caught my eye when I saw Carmela Biscuit's utterly perfect LBC (little black cardigan) during me-made May. So perfect! Everyone needs a cardi like this one, I thought. I mentally filed the name away to check it out sometime... and when the Handmakers Factory announced a Miette knit-along, I discovered it was not only cute, but a fabulously free! pattern!
This is a gorgeous little design, subtle lacework around all borders but with plenty of stocking stitch so you can knit happily in front of the telly and not miss anything. I really like how it is knitted top-down and all-in-one so that you can try it on as you go to check for fit. Plus you can keep knitting to add length, using up excess wool should you so desire. I did so desire, and added an extra two pattern repeats 'cos the original is a tad on the tiny side. As in cropped-tiny, not tight-tiny. More like a bolero than a cardigan really.
Knitting all-in-one-piece also means that once you've finished knitting there is not even one single seam to be sewn up. This is Smart knitting; a new-ish concept for me knitting-pattern-wise but one that I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with already. Let's face it; sewing up the pieces is a bit of a pain and everyone hates that bit, right? Really, a clever designer can easily dispense with all the seams in any knitting pattern, since your garment ends up as a one piece thing then logically there's no reason why most designs cannot be knitted as one piece as you're going along.
This should have been a super quick and easy knit, but I still managed to take forever. It was just one of those projects where nothing seemed to go right. Following is the truncated saga of my Miette...
Did tension square. Tension just slightly off but hyper-enthusiastically got going anyway. Three entire balls later had to admit it was going to be too small. Unravelled in entirety. Started again in larger size. Ran out of wool. Wool shop sold out. Wool shop not ever getting it in again. Searched a coupla real life shops. Searched online. Ordered from the UK. Waiting on extra ball. Missed end-date for knit-along. Waiting. Waiting. More waiting. Ball finally shows up, cardigan finished mere hours later, worn and photographed same day, bam!
Phew, mission accomplished!!! (air fist pump)
Cardigan; Miette in Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed Aran, in col.Hunter (360026)
Skirt; my own design, stretchy layered lace, details here
Tshirt (under); self-drafted, white cotton jersey, details here