I rarely have time to knit anything for myself that isn’t a design sample, let alone knit gifts. But when my brother first saw the Narwhal mittens from Whimsical Little Knits 3 he put in a request. He got the yarn for Christmas 2011, one mitten to try on for Christmas 2012, two mittens but only one and a half linings for his birthday last week and finally today two blocked, lined mittens.
Struan got all of the height genes in our family, he’s almost a foot taller than me, so not surprisingly his hands are much bigger than the sizes in the pattern. To scale them up I used Quince and Co and Lark (instead of the Chickadee in the original version) in Cypress and Honey. Of course, I didn’t write down the gauge, or ever measure it, but I used a 4mm needle and good old fashioned trial and error to make them fit.
He has skinny wrists (like mine – looks like we are related after all!) and was concerned about them being snug so I did a folded hem in 1×1 rib instead of the picot hem. To avoid them being overly bulky I stuck with a fingering weight for the linings.
He’s an art student and tested out whether he could sketch with mittens on, doesn’t seem to cause a problem. His website is struanteague.com if you’d like to see some of his work.
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.