As it is announced in the name of the design, it is a simple pleasure to knit.
The construction is great and I learned some new little tricks while knitting (like the slip slip purl decrease when working the sleeves). As it is knitted in worsted weight yarn, it knits up almost on its own (very rewarding). And it has pockets, I love pockets on cardigans!
The pattern is extremely clear and well written and all the techniques used are explained so that you understand them right away.
Inevitably, everything didn't go as smoothly as I expected. I was knitting size XS2 (in order to get S2 because my stitch gauge was a little off) and when reaching the pockets, I decided to lengthened the body, following the larger sizes instructions (I very often need to lengthened the body and sleeves because I'm tall). Everything is fine, I finish the cardigan (
First of all, I must say that I don't enjoy blocking. I do it because I had some awful surprises in the past but this is not my favourite step of the knitting process (but is there someone who truly enjoys blocking? If you do, please let me know and give me the reasons, I'm willing to try to enjoy it!).
This said, I block my cardigan, I dry it between towels (ok this is the part I like in blocking, when you walk on the towels!) and I gently put it on his drying towel, where he is going to lie until he's ready.
At that time, I didn't really notice anything. It is only the next day that looking at the cardigan again, and listenning to the voice of the Lord Knitter who told me it was huge, that I realised I had to face reality: my cardigan had grown a LOT during the blocking process. Most probably because of the weight of the wet garment...
Sooo, I rip off and re-knit half of the body and sleeves, I pick up the good number of stitches along my fronts, and I reblock my cardigan. This time, I decided to tumble dry it in the washing machine before putting him on his drying towel (I was scared it would felt but nothing bad happened!) and my cardigan is now just as I wanted it! Perfect for the Fall/Winter season both in style and warmth.
About the yarn, I used Alize Cashmira which is a 100% pure wool yarn. I really liked knitting this yarn and the stitch definition is really nice. It is quite cheap too so I was even more happy. I wasn't sure about the warmth of the cardigan (compared to the previous one) but I am absolutely not disappointed, it is quite warm. I used some buttons I had bought in Norway a couple of years ago, et voilà! A brand new cardigan for my winter season!
Here's a link to my Ravelry project page (no no I don't spend my life on Ravelry...) and a close up on the buttons before they were sewn.
Soon (hopefully...) I'll show you a new hat, and a another sweater!