We love Gansey patterning and decided to go into our archive and reknit two old favourites. These were originally made in Blend no.1 and have now been reknit in Neighborhood Fiber Company Capital Luxury Sport. The cowl is made in Hollins Market and the hat in Reservoir Hill.
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.
If you're interested in knitting Wardie but aren't sure about the finishing here's how the shoulders and sleeve go together.
Swatches lie! One of the most common stories I hear, and one I've experienced myself, is that despite getting the right gauge on the swatch the sweater turned out unexpectedly huge or tiny. It's nearly impossible to control all of the variables that might affect the gauge in the swatch vs the finished garment but there are certainly some things you can do to maximise the honesty of your swatches.
You may have had the experience of encountering an amazing wall of different coloured yarns in a yarn store and finding the prospect of all those colours both delightful and daunting. The colours! So many options! But where to start with choosing, and how can you tell if colours that look great together as balls of yarn will still be delightful once you begin knitting with them?