To avoid the distraction of designing something while I have so much work to do for uni I thought I would knit something from a pattern. Something intentionally dull to knit so that I could work on it when my hands needed something to do but that wouldn’t require much thought.
I got this book (Knitting for All Illustrated by Margaret Murray and Jane Koster published by Odhams Press in 1941) a while ago on ebay, and every time I flicked through it I thought about knitting this:
Most of the patterns in this book are only given in one size (were people in the 40s uniformly sized or smart I wonder) and this happened to be in my size and I even had some suitable yarn so I blithely cast on and followed the instructions.
You know where this is going don’t you? Beginning a project without thinking is just not a good idea. Ever.
It then occurred to me that this piece was looking very small to stretch across my back. Given that it’s 12 inches wide that’s not too surprising. This is written for a skinny hourglass figure, with a 34″ bust and a 24″ waist, which I’m sure I could have guessed at if I’d thought about it at all. And so I found myself having to think a little and casting on again.
And now I have a pile of black ribbing on little needles to show you. I told you I had been knitting something boring.
But wait! There are buttonholes, hows that for excitement?
I think some cute red vintage buttons are in order.
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.