FO: Millefiori Cardigan

I feel like all i've been interested in lately in spinning... well, partially true, but I have also done some knitting.

Pattern: Millefiori Cardigan, in Interweave Knits Spring 2009


Yarn: Bendigo Woollen Mills Cotton 8ply, in colour Damask Rose. I actually don't like this colour very much at all (isnt that a typical complain I have??), but I have quite a bit of cotton in my stash and need to use it up for fear of moths eating at them. Anyhoos, as always, the cotton is very drapey, easy to use and not splitty at all.


Needles: 4.5mm UK for main and 4.00mm for ribbing. I knit a little tighter than most, so often have to go up a size or two.

Comments and mods?
Overall, an easy knit but ONLY after you figure out the clam shell pattern. I , like a lot of others, struggled with the clam shell in my first attempt but after my first pattern repeat , i "got" it so ended up frogging it and redoing it properly . If you're a tight knitter, the clamshell can get a little difficult given the large number of stitches you are putting on the one stitch, but there's not that much clamshell in the pattern so once you pass that bit, it's smooth sailing from there!

I also ended up doing a broken rib instead of a twisted rib through no intention of my own. I misread the instructions and after one inch of broken rib, decided I was too lazy to frog it. So i continued with it the whole way through.

Personally, I like twisted rib as I think it looks more polished. But oh well - its not something i'm going to lose sleep over. hehe.

In terms of sizing, I knitted the smallest one for a 32" bust. It's a wee little bit loose (positive ease of about 0.5" or 1") but that's okay. If you want a smaller fit, you might want to knit one size smaller.


It feels like ages since i did an FO .. so im pleased i've got an FO post for ya! hehe. One down, two to go.

10 comments:

  Team Knit !

7:40 PM, May 13, 2009

It's beautiful!! I personally love the colour, very fresh and spring-y. It's a gorgeous FO!

- Julie

  Christie

3:17 AM, May 14, 2009

That looks great! I really like the color, the button choice [so sweet!] and the broken rib. Great job!

  Maryse

8:15 AM, May 14, 2009

It's a very pretty cardigan! The color is great too! Congratulations!

  Helen Knits

11:38 AM, May 14, 2009

It's gorgeous and gorgeous colour too you did a fab job.

  Michelle

8:22 AM, May 15, 2009

that cardigan is gorgeous!!! how many balls of the cotton did you used??

  handknit168

2:02 PM, May 15, 2009

Love the colour, and the bottom lace pattern. It suits you very much.

  Andrea

3:17 PM, May 15, 2009

Perfect and gorgeous on you :-)

  soknitpicky

8:37 PM, May 15, 2009

Gorgeous! And when you make knits that look that good, of course you can turn the living room into a craft room :-)

  Kristen

2:00 PM, May 19, 2009

Beautiful. I love the flower border and the color is perfect!

  Lisa

4:25 AM, August 30, 2009

I'm trying to knot this sweater and I'm stuck on the clam stitch. Do you have any suggestions on how to read this pattern so I can continue?