Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Mango Sorbet Cardigan

The long weekend gave me plenty of time to finish up this cardigan that I have been working on for the past few weeks. I am really happy with how it turned out and know that I will actually wear it. Apart from the beanies and scarves I have knitted which I wear all the time I have knitted myself about 3 garments Shalom, Ruby & Lelah. None of which I ever wore! Ruby & Lelah turned out too small and the yarn I used for both did not give at all when blocking so they were never worn. Shalom was great and fit perfectly but it just wasn't my style so again I never wore it. Ruby I would like to make again and this time I will knit a guage swatch to make sure it will fit me.

Mango Sorbet Cardi

Yarn: Carnival Soft 8 ply & Bella Baby 4 ply
Needle: 4.5mm circulars
Time Taken: 2.5 weeks
Actual Knitting Time: approx 17 hours

Anyway back to my new cardigan which I promise I will wear. I named it the Mango Sorbet Cardigan because the colours remind me of mango wiese bars. This cardigan ended up being a bit smaller on me then it is on everyone else. At first I thought it was just because of my tight knitting and the fact the pattern is for a size small but then I realised I used the wrong needles. I had my 4.5mm circulars in my 6mm circular case so I knit the whole thing in needles that were too small. Again, my fault for not paying attention but I am actually happy with how it turned out because now it is a crop cardigan which is my preferred style.

Mango Sorbet - Side

The pattern was not written very clearly but if you read over it a couple of times before starting you can figure out what is happening. I used Iz's notes on the increases for my increases which made them a lot easier to work out. I also followed suit after seeing Iz's finished cardi and left the ribbing off the sleeves on mine.

Mango Sorbet - Back

All in all I am very happy with how this turned out and would definitely make it again. I am so happy to have finally made a knit garment that I will actually wear. I have also learnt that from now on no matter how much I just want to get on with knitting the garment I will knit a guage swatch first. Oh and before I go Corey wanted me to share this picture with you....

Mango Sorbet - Outtake

He took it while I was explaining what photo I wanted him to take of my cardi and he though it was hilarious!


  1. Hehe, what a sense of humour he has. And good on you for posting it!

    That's such a cute cardi! Gosh I wish I could knit. I spent a good chunk of time wandering around Spotlight over the long weekend. They have so many beautiful fabrics in right now - I wish I knew how to make more things! Perhaps I should buckle down and try my luck at a pattern again...

  2. It is very flattering - and I love the bright cheery colours :)

  3. This is so summery and cute, you've definitely named it well ;o)

  4. I love it, I've NEVER knitted a cardi and will totally try this (one day!)

    Corey is getting SO good at taking photos, and even though you are mid convo, it's actually a really sweet photo! xoxo

  5. Your cardigan looks great! I love the colours, and it looks good with jeans. Sam xox

  6. This is so cute! I love your color choice and to me it doesn't look too small on you at all.


    Can't wait to see what knitting project you're gonna tackle next.

  7. The sweater is very cute. I think I may attempt to make one!

  8. YAY! I love the colors you chose, so cheery. I have the hardest time adding color to my wardrobe... And I too have come to the realization that gauge swatches = important. :)


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