I decided about two weeks before we were leaving for the US and Rhinebeck that I needed to make Sugarleaf, as my second Rhinebeck Sweater for me. I’d spun both colours of the yarn during the Tour de Fleece in 2012 and 2013. I really didn’t know what I was going to make with this yarn when I spun it, but knew I wanted to do a colourwork yoke sweater or cardigan. I considered a few patterns and kept updating my queue but was never happy with the choice. I knew I wanted to make Sugarleaf for myself after helping with the photoshoot at last year’s Rhinebeck but never put the two together. I’m so glad I waited and didn’t make something else with this yarn.
The brown is actually two different lots of natural black Blue-Faced Leceister, if you look carefully at the MC of the cardigan you can see a subtle stripe. If I’d really planned ahead I could have plied them together, but I quite like the effect the stripe has.The blue is Corriedale I picked up in New Zealand in 2012. The sleeves are shorter than called for in the pattern as I wasn’t certain on my yardage, so I finished the body and I-cord button band before starting the sleeves. The other modification I did was combine the 40 & 42. So the front is a 42 and the back is a 40. I did the bust short-rows as they are written in the pattern.
I did manage to finish the knitting and get it blocked before we flew to the US. But I still didn’t have any buttons or toggles. I took my cardigan with me to the Melissa Jean Designs stand on Saturday morning, bought the leather buttons and sewed them on on Saturday evening. Then I wore my Sugarleaf on Sunday. I do love this cardigan, the BFL is so soft and cosy.
Note from Ysolda: Bex was worried it seemed too much like bragging to point this out, but by the way she spun this whole thing ON A SPINDLE. I think that earns the right to brag about it, personally.
The Wardie cardigan is worked in pieces from the bottom up. When the front and back are complete they're joined at the shoulders and then the sleeves are worked from stitches picked up around the armhole. The shoulders are shaped at the back, with neat cabled decreases and the bound off edge of the front pieces wraps over the shoulder to join the decreased edge. This style of shaping is known as English tailoring and gives a beautiful fit and a neat finish that's often found on high end ready to wear knitwear.
If you're interested in knitting Wardie but aren't sure about the finishing here's how the shoulders and sleeve go together.