Name: Gansey cardigan for my dad’s birthday 2008 (Ravelry project page)
Modelled by me, for scale!
Pattern: (name, author, source) Bill, by Debbie Bliss from the Rowan 28 magazine
Size(s): (to fit, finished size) To fit: 44″ chest. Actual measurement: 50″
Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) King Cole Fashion Aran in “Granery”, Wool/acrylic mix yarn. Approx. 700g used.
Needles: (size, material, style) US 6, 7 and 8 plastic Denise Interchangeable set.
Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) Combination (yarn in left hand, purl stitches wrapped clockwise around needle) throughout.
Modifications: Knit a size smaller than recommended for a less baggy fit. Converted from a pullover into a v-neck cardigan. Substituted the Rowan All Seasons Cotton in the pattern for a wool/acrylic mix.
Notes: This was a really well-written pattern and I didn’t find any errors for the size I knit.
I encounted some tricky times when I was designing the v-neck, but I ripped out and it was all good!
I have two small concerns: (1) the buttons may be a little too small for the buttonholes and (2) it may be a little on the short side (see the cardigan on me for an idea why!) I’ll report back on this issues once it’s been given to my dad on his birthday in a few days time.
I increased two stitches every other row for the v-neck in the buttonband, and decreased at the same rate for the intersection of the fronts and backs. This was to allow the band to follow the contours of the garment and hopefully to allow it to lay flat.
This yarn originally started out as an Aran (cabled) cardigan that I was designing myself. I made a real mess of it and I didn’t like it at all. I ripped out and went looking for a more suitable pattern to turn into a cardigan. I found Bill!
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