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Complete Cross Pockets

24 Aug

I finished my cross pockets cardigan (about 2 months ago now), this a garment that has caused me much frustration during its creation. However I persevered and overcame the obstacles and have a wearable cardigan at the end, even if it isn’t perfect.

I loved the look of this pattern, simple in style and a few new techniques I’d not done before (the lovely edge texture) and I found the construction of the top part fascinating and rather clever (top down set in sleeves – knitted in one piece).

I really enjoyed knitted it and all was going well until I got to the pockets. My initial issues which I wrote about back in September last year, (CROSS pockets) was that my pocket linings and front didn’t match up. Even the good blocking I gave it didn’t help, so it was hibernated while I finished my Blaithin. Then at the beginning on April I thought it was about time I resurrected it and got it finished for summer. I’d had a while to ponder about what I would change (a good discussion at knit group helped) and when I thought about it, it was fairly obvious that the moss stitch lining would end up a different shape to the outer which was stocking stitch with a decorative border, so I ignored the instruction to keep increasing the amount of moss stitch and just did a border of 4 sts all along the ends, I also reduced the width of the lining on each side by several stitched (I think it was by 4 – casting on 12, but I annoyingly I didn’t make a note – doh!). I also did a lot more measuring and counting rows and decided to stitch the tops of the pockets in place and let the garment hang as It should before finishing the pocket fronts. This all helped. The lining and pockets match up much better than before.


Finished cross pockets - nettynot.jpg

However after wearing it a couple of times, I noticed the pockets had sagged a bit, but on reflection I think this is due to the fact I have knitted it using cotton bamboo, a lovely cool yarn (perfect for a summery cardigan) it also drapes very nicely which possibly wasn’t the best option for this particular pattern and by the looks of things on Ravelry lots of people have knitted it in much more woolly yarns which is probably more appropriate. That said I finished the cardigan back in June, I was aiming for WWKIP day on the 18th, however ended up finishing it the following week and I have already worn it LOADS, despite it sorry pockets, I still really like it. It was my aim to make a cardigan suitable for throwing on over anything in the summer and being light grey it goes with practically everything and it is nice to wear, it doesn’t feel heavy or too warm, it’s the perfect cool yarn to wear in the summer. I have since bunged it in the washing machine and reshaped it and it’s firmed up nicely.

Cross Pockets - ear bomb - nettynot blog

I wasn’t going to include this photo – it’s not great and I look a bit too serious, however I when I realised my cat Chip wanted in on the action too, it’s be rude not to use it!

More spesific information about the pattern, the designer, yarn and size the I knitted is on my Ravelry project, user name Nettynot.

Thanks for reading 🙂

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CROSS pockets cardigan

9 Sep The beginning of Cross Pockets - Nettynot Blog

Well I had hoped to be writing a blog post about my wonderful and FINISHED cross pockets cardigan, but the fact is, it’s not going well! I’ve got really fed up about it too, I really want it to be finished, it feels like I’ve been knitting it for so long. My friends Knit In Notts seem to be finishing things left right and centre since I cast this on, including Jem’s lovely Kaneshon Cardigan by Sarah Hatton and Eleanor and Toni’s onesies (aren’t they great), to name a few.

Knit Nottingham 5th Birthday - Nettynot BlogI know I don’t spend as much time as the others knitting, and it’s not a healthy thing to compare yourself to others, but honestly I’m just feeling jealous and frustrated. I have not finished anything that I’ve started yet this year and we’re in to September and that makes me a little sad. I had a disaster earlier this year with my Bláithín cardigan, which ended up being frogged and is now currently hibernating! This was due to me having unintentionally knitted almost the entire thing on the wrong sized needles *hand smacks forehead*! I will complete this someday, but I’m not ready to tackle it again yet.

Blaithin so far - Nettynot BlogThe beginning of Cross Pockets - Nettynot BlogI had been making good progress with the my Cross Packets cardigan, it’s constructed very cleverly and I was really enjoying learning new techniques. As a lot of processes were new to me I have followed the 8 page instructions to the T. But after the long I cord cast off, I decided to sew the pockets in place before knitting the sleeves, I was a little dubious as the inside of the pocket really didn’t look like it would fit and it didn’t, even pinning into place and sewing the top edge didn’t help, as you can see here, it looks baggy and awkward.

Odd cross pockets - nettynot blogSo now I’m left knowing I’m going to have to do some ripping back, urgh. I think the problem is that the lovely basket weave stitch on the edge of the pocket is quite firm and structured where as the moss stitch inside of the pockets it quite loose and the two aren’t matching up, despite having the same number of rows.

Cross pockets i cord cast off - nettynot blogI think what I’ll end up doing is ripping back the cast off I cord, and the decorative edging, so that the pocket front and inside are separated again and continue knitting the pocket front until the length matches up and just ignore how many rows there are. This seems like the sensible thing to do right? I think I’m also going to change the I cord Cast off, I will experiment first, but it is very time consuming and curls up a lot – I don’t want anything to detract from the lovely edging. So maybe just a simple straight forward cast off could work.

I need to discipline myself to ensure I finish this project before I start my next, as I’m very keen to cast on my Puffin jumper, for which I’ve had the yarn for, for a year or so. I might do something a little bit mad and set myself the challenge of completing the puffin in a month, just get myself back on track (and happier – I’m always happy when I’m being productive).

I also booked myself on to a knitting a workshop with the lovely Eleanor while I was at Knit Nottingham’s 5th Birthday party, I will be learning to do Entrelac knitting – something new and exciting to look forward to!
I apologise that this is not the most positive or up beat post, however writing about my knitting frustrations has helped alleviate the disappointment as well as give me a little perspective to how to solve the issues. Hopefully my next knitting related blog post will be full of finished items and accomplishments.

If anyone has any helpful suggestions, please share them with me.
Thanks for reading!

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