Yes, I know this is the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Are you ready?
Are you sure?
Ta da! (not the world’s best picture, sorry. Canteen + phone = the best I could do!)
Yes, this is my Esmee cardigan, finished, blocked, worn and loved. It’s already proved incredibly useful and I’m chuffed to pieces with how it came out. Less chuffed with the pattern, as I’ve mentioned before, and my Ravelry project page has quite a few notes on what went wrong. I know the designer is working on a new version, so hopefully others won’t have the same struggle!
The button band is backed with a velvet ribbon, and I used 9 buttons to improve the fit. Well, what I actually did was count the stitches from the bottom of the ‘v’ to the hem, then work out how many buttons I thought would be sensible. Both ribbon and buttons came from Darn it and Stitch.
Some vital stats:
Pattern: Esmee cardigan from Inside Crochet
Yarn: Rowan Cashsoft 4ply. Pink. 7 balls
Hooks: 4.5 and 4mm
Time taken: hard to judge due to numerous periods of hibernation. If I’d crocheted solidly, probably 2-3 weeks.
Overall? I’m delighted with it. Not only is it warm and wearable, but I learned a HUGE amount about pattern design from it. The lace means it’s not too heavy, but the cashmere mix is cosy enough for an air-conditioned library as well. And despite the difficulties, this really is a beautiful stitch pattern, and I’m thinking of making myself a scarf with some left-over laceweight.
To see what everyone else finished this week, head over to Tami’s Amis