The Land Rover Owners Wife

Sirdar Summer Stripes Cardigan: Sleeve, button and neck bands finished

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Look how well it matches in spite of the graduated yarn colour!

Look how well it matches in spite of the graduated yarn colour!

Ohhhh I am so pleased with how the sleeves, front band, button band and neck band have all turned out! Each sleeve is beautifully matched to the front and shoulder ….. as near perfect as possible with this sort of yarn, I think. As for the front bands, well I couldn’t have asked for a better result and look at the final edge on the neck band, not only does it finish the garment off rather smartly but it also matches the left hand sleeve cuff with its’ purple edge leading into the paler pink. Yep, I think it’s fair to say that all in all I am pretty pleased with this cardigan, even if the sleeves were a nightmare and a half to knit up!

Sirdar Summer StripesI haven’t quite finished yet though, as I still have all the seams to sew up, the button band and front band to sew to the edges of the front pieces, as instead of being created by picking up and knitting stitches along the front edges, these bands were knitted up from stitches left on stitch holders during the making of the two front sections. I had to knit sufficient rows, so that each band fitted along the front edge to the start of the neck line, with just a little stretching.

Even the neck band and edge worked out well.

Even the neck band and edge worked out well.

Then the neck band was created by knitting across the stitches of the button band (which is against the right front) picking up and knitting stitches from the right side neck line, across the back of the neck (the cast off stitches from the back section), down the left neck line and finally knitting across the stitches from the left front band.

The sleeve edge matches the neck edge

The sleeve edge matches the neck edge

So with the bands all knitted, I put my needles away and decided to see how the finished garment would look once all the sewing is finished. I have no idea how it will look from the back but, in case you’re wondering, I think the front aspect is pretty good (I’m happy – can you tell?).

I’ve put it aside for now but I will finish the sewing up later and then block it over night. Now it’s back to searching for a project for Middle Mudlet and I think I might just have found one that will suit her down to the ground.

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One thought on “Sirdar Summer Stripes Cardigan: Sleeve, button and neck bands finished

  1. It looks fantastic. I recall that knitted band up the front drove me insane, so good luck!

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