It has been a year and a week in the making, but I finished my Selina Cardigan! My first finished project of 2018.
Of course it wasn’t a year of hands-on knitting. As I admitted in my last post, this project got put aside for many months last year. But once I returned to it I was able to finish it very quickly.
A lot of tea drinking was involved. Don’t worry, I moved my cup as soon as I took this picture. Button bands require focus and determination for me.
I used a three-needle-bind off to join the center back of the collar. It seemed quickest and easiest and the method I was most likely to complete in a timely fashion. Since I bound off in rib it is fairly flexible too, if that matters for the back of the neck.
Ta-da! I was excited to finally finish this cardigan. It was nice that the weather cooperated with a warmish, sunny day for taking pictures. I knit the size small, which seems to have worked out well.
I made one major modification, which was to add the cable panels to the back. The pattern does not call for them. I positioned them the same distance in from the side seam as the front panels. I had to increase a couple extra stitches on the back to get the moss stitch panels to work out. Keep that in mind if you decide to copy me.
My local yarn shop had several colors of these vintage buttons available. There was a yellow/gold set I considered, but this pink set seemed the best match.
Pattern: Selina Cardigan by Ella Rae. Available at local yarn shops and for digital purchase.
Yarn: Ella Rae brand “Chunky Merino Superwash” yarn in color 1005-Mallow Heather. See all the colors here.
I always have such a sense of accomplishment when I finish a big project like this. Don’t you?
Remember how at the beginning of the month I wrote all my to-do projects on slips of paper? The plan was my next project would be whichever one I pulled out of the hat. Well, the first one I pulled out I thought, “Nah, I don’t feel like that.” Maybe I’ll wait a day or two before deciding on my next project.