So Knit For Victory is over, and I just got my project finished in time. I submitted a photo of the finished article on Friday with just a few hours to spare. My project was this cosy brown cardigan which you may have seen in-progress shots of if you follow me on Facebook or if you have been part of the Knit For Victory group on Flikr. I have also knitted a matching beret (which I completed well before Knit For Victory was even announced) and I plan to wear the two as a set.
To make this cardigan, I borrowed a pattern from my mum, which I think is a 1980s pattern. I thought the cardigan had a very classic look though, and could easily compliment a 1940s style outfit. It was very easy to knit and suitable for relative beginners (as long as you can knit well enough to complete a project of this size). I completed it almost entirely by myself, with a little help from mum when it came time to pick up the stitches to work the neck band. Now that I know how to do that, I should be able to do it on my own next time.
If you follow me on Facebook you will know that the main issue I had with this pattern was the sizing. The pattern has instructions for several sizes, and I chose to knit the size which was supposed to be for a 34" bust. I knew as I was knitting it that it was going to come out bigger than I had originally wanted, but rather than pull it down and start again, I decided to just deal with it. As you can see, the fit is okay - but not brilliant. It tends to bunch up around the bust, which can be seen in these photos, and due to the rib it is very stretchy. If I wanted to knit this pattern again, I would knit it probably at least 2 sizes down.
The only other issue was a flaw in the wool, which created a darker patch across the front of the cardigan. It's not too bad (you can see it on the photo above, on my left hand side), but I was disappointed that the cardigan ended up being less perfect than I would have liked.
I am already choosing my next knitting project though I will probably take a bit of a break before starting it. If you participated in Knit For Victory as well, then I hope you enjoyed it. I will look forward to another knit along in the future.
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