This was in February 2012. I like starting my summer knitting early - because it takes me at least three months to finish a garment, and it is frustrating that knitting magazines don't have summer patterns until several months later. This time I was looking for a top down pattern. I searched the Rowan magazines for one I could adapt, but found nothing suitable. I like cardigans with collars that button up to the neck, so no curved fronts, no shawl collars. On Ravelry I found Heidi Kirrmaer's Simple Summer Tweed Top down, albeit for a v-neck sweater, but that I could change.
I found this picture with my three attempts. I can't remember any more what was wrong with the first two. I suspect they were either too large or two small. I continued with the third, until it came time to go away in June. I thought it was too large a project to take travelling. I had continued knitting straight after doing the armholes, and when I came back and tried it on I decided that it would look better with increases to flare slightly over the hips. It seemed too near to the end of summer then, so I put it away.
When I took it out again this spring I had the idea of making it longer in the back instead, so saving having to reknit the body. And it worked. I did just a few short rows in the back - you can hardly see them, but it feels much better. Then I did a garter stitch collar, not very successfully, but I didn't want to spend more time on it then, so I just fastened the ends and that was that. The buttons came from the button store, from this cardigan. The colour is just right and the ridges echo the unevenness of the yarn.
I like the cardigan, and I have worn it a lot. It is a very classic shape, not very elegant, nor a great piece of knitting, but it serves very well. I will knit more with Summer Tweed, even if Rowan had discontinued it. I have a very nice collection of shades, and I hope to be able to add more Chocolate.
Rowan Summer Tweed top down cardigan
pattern Heidi Kirrmaier
Started 22 February 2014, finished 28 July 2014
Shade Loganberry, 4.5 mm needles, 16 sts to 10 cm, 420 gr