It didn't take long to knit up the alliterative Criss Cross Cardigan -- just over a week in spite of having to take down an inch or so as I'd picked up the wrong colour! I planned to knit the cardigan in colour 10 (grey) and picked up a full bag of that colour and took four balls off the shelf. Unfortunately I didn't check them and had picked up three of colour 15 (denim) and one of grey. When I started knitting I picked the spare balls rather than the full bag and blithely started in denim. Three balls worth of knitting later and in daylight rather than electric light, I noticed that the third ball was a different colour to the rest of the knitting so there was a quick change of plan for the colour!
The pattern is by Isabel Kraemer and I bought it from Ravelry. As with all of her patterns, it is very clearly written but there are many pages most of which aren't needed as they are for different sizes. Probably best to download the pattern and read it before starting and then only print out the relevant bits.
The yarn (Filanda Caldolino) feels a bit rough in the ball but is very easy to work with and once knitted up and washed is a lovely texture. I would advise blocking before wearing as the i-cord cast-off on the button bands needs a bit of a stretch out and the lace on the back will show up better. The yarn did lose some dye when I washed it and was also quite dusty (probably because of the linen) so really benefited from washing. I hand-washed it using Method washing liquid (from Tesco), spun it in the machine and patted it into shape before drying it over our banister!
The cardigan has worked up slightly bigger than the pattern measurements but the proportions are fine on it and it would still be a size medium. Overall it is very wearable and I love the pattern on the back which also broke up the stocking stitch making it more interesting to knit.
The pictures show the garment before it was washed a blocked and then blocked and on show in the shop. The colour is closer to the picture on the mannequin than the others. The cardigan just went into the 14th ball but as the sleeves go well beyond the wrists they could be shortened and the quantity would go down to go down to 12 or 13.
Overall a nice, easy knit for New Year.
Filanda Caldolino (Adriafil Woli)
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