>> Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Well I finally finished her. Were there tears? No but close :). There was definitely some naughty words whispered under my breath at times. Did I learn anything? Yes I did. The first thing I learned was that I HATE bobbles. I am talking definite loathing. Whenever it came to panel B row 13 I would cringe as I got closer and closer to the dreaded (k2, MB) 3 times. It was torture for me. Either they would be too loose or too tight or they would try to poke through the back. I really think they had a mind of their own. Anyway I will probably be avoiding any and all patterns with bobbles in them for the foreseeable future.

But back to the is an illustration of what drew me to the pattern originally.
On the top is the picture from the pattern book and on the bottom is my daughter in my knitted version.

Not exactly the same picture but you can see the similarities right?

Pattern: Millie from the Debbie Bliss Rialto Aran Book
Yarn: Nashua Handknits Ivy
color Ivy
Needles: Size 6 circular and size 8 circular
Size: There is only one size in the pattern and that is for children 4-6.
My daughter is four and usually wears a five so this is a little bit big on her but not too bad.
Mods: I didn't do the pockets because they were more work than they were worth in my opinion so I left them out. Everything else according to pattern.

Another thing I learned is that once I got past the intimidation factor I quite enjoyed the cables. I was feeling quite accomplished the moment I realized that I had more or less memorized the pattern. I never got so far that I could give up my multiple row counters to keep track of where I was in each panel but I got to a point where I knew what each cable was and more or less where it went. I hit my stride and could even watch (or at least listen to ) a television show in the evening with my family.

I haven't added the buttons yet (I will tomorrow) but I couldn't wait to post and since I had the pictures..

An action shot :)

The last thing I figured out while doing this pattern is that Debbie Bliss patterns are in love with seaming. Everything is knit in pieces and then sewn up (lucky us). So in order to keep track of everything I made a copy of the pattern and then took notes. That way I avoided counting things out later or worrying that I was off by a row when measuring and had two different arms lengths, sides, whatever. It made knitting the opposite piece to something very easy when I knew to end after Panel A row 4.

All in all I am very happy with how the cardigan turned out. There was one mistake I found and thanks to all of you another confusing portion was cleared up. I am going to post all the details for this on Ravelry.

Don't be surprised though if you see some stockinette stitch for awhile :).


Renee November 5, 2008 at 4:19 AM  

What a fabulous Millie!! It looks great on your daughter, she must be very pleased.
I've not tried bobbles, but keep looking at projects with them and feeling tempted. Maybe I'll start with a hat and see if I mind making them or not...

affectioknit November 5, 2008 at 6:05 AM  

It's lovely!

Yarnhog November 5, 2008 at 7:16 AM  

Absolutely wonderful! I can see why you were drawn to make that for your daughter; she does bear a striking resemblance to the model. :)

I always use a row counter and keep track of important rows when I knit so that I don't have to try to measure and match the fronts to the backs or the sleeves to each other, or figure out where I decreased, etc. Makes things much simpler.

Anonymous November 5, 2008 at 9:26 AM  

Great job! It looks so wonderfully cozy!

sweetp November 5, 2008 at 3:57 PM  

Oh wow!!!! GOrgeous!!!! And don't they look so similar!

lucky knitter November 6, 2008 at 5:00 AM  

Wow, that is so beautiful!

Hege November 6, 2008 at 8:11 AM  

It's beautiful!
And they have the same beautiful curly hair too :)

A Day That Is Dessert November 6, 2008 at 11:04 AM  


Annie November 6, 2008 at 7:23 PM  

Wow impressive! I think I'll steer clear of bobbles. I feel your pain.

Well done!

Philigry November 7, 2008 at 10:21 AM  

this is a dream! so fantastic. i love it. you did such a great job. i may have to add it to my list.

a friend to knit with November 8, 2008 at 6:25 AM  

absolutely fabulous!!!
i want one. :)

Sarah November 9, 2008 at 8:16 AM  

Wow! That's such a gorgeous coat, and it looks very cute on your daughter!

amanda November 9, 2008 at 8:29 AM  

This is absolutely beautiful! And a real labour of love with those bobbles!

Jessica November 9, 2008 at 5:02 PM  

That is just beautiful!!!

vanessa November 11, 2008 at 8:18 AM  

love the action photos :-)

Anonymous November 16, 2010 at 2:18 AM  

oh my goodness, this it beautiful

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