Is what I should have shouted on finishing this cardigan. Unfortunately I didn’t, but here it is anyway.
This is Tinder by Brooklyn Tweed, and I’ve only just got round to photographing it because I’ve hardly taken it off since it was finished.
I love it! Also, I knitted it in record time for me. Less than two months. This was partly down to several train journeys I had to take, but mostly I owe this jumper to watching Strictly Come Dancing with my friend Lucy every week. It’s perfect knitting TV – two hours long and not very mentally taxing.
It’s hard for me to choose the right knitting pattern, not just because of my problems with decisiveness, but also because I am incredibly picky. Everything is either too tight, too loose, too ruffly, too plain, or too detailed. But when I saw Tinder, it was love at first sight. The basketweave stitch pattern! The raglan sleeves! The reverse stocking stitch sleeves!
It used 8 and a half balls of Rowan Silky Tweed which I got in the John Lewis sale last year. It’s gone a bit bobbly but is otherwise bearing up well from constant wearing.
The only two things I would change are:
– I’ve really gone off green lately. Wish I’d bought the yarn in a different colour.
– If I knitted it again I’d put pockets into the ribbing, as some people on Ravelry have done.
The buttons are rather shockingly NOT from Ultimate Craft, but from Dalston Mill Fabrics instead. Sorry UC, but you let me down this time.
I think the nicest thing about knitting your own clothing is that you control what it’s made of. Here is a 53% acrylic cardigan from Juicy Couture which costs £255. The horror! My Tinder cost me £40 in wool, which isn’t cheap, but it is 90% lambswool and 10% silk, so there.
Next up – more hats. I normally knit a couple of new hats every winter but this year haven’t managed even one (except for a Christmas present, which doesn’t count). Anyone else planning some late winter knitting projects?