Rosemont Cardigan Complete

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Taa daa! I finished my Rosemont Cardigan. Even though the dratted thing nearly gave me a stroke when I soaked it in the tub and swore it grew way too much during blocking. This is despite the fact that I also blocked (and pinned!) my swatch, which met gauge just fine. Rosemont fit perfectly before blocking, and I immediately loved it. Overcome by excitement, I wove in the final ends and threw the thing in the tub without thinking twice. I forgot my own advice: sometimes it is best to leave well enough alone.

There I was on the bathroom floor, arranging my masterpiece just so, overwhelmed by the pungent odor of wet cat (apparently wet cats and wet sheep smell remarkably similar), and just sick to my stomach. I could tell right away Rosemont had grown a lot. I just knew it. I tried to calm myself with thought of Mother’s Day just around the corner. As a fall-back, I planned to give Too-Big-Rosemont to my mom. All would be well.

Even so, I was tossing and turning half the night, fretting the fate of my sweater.

Rosemont took two full nights to dry (on heated bathroom floors, no less). Every time I went in the bathroom (which amounts to no less than five zillion times each day), I would glance longingly at Rosemont and start to draft its eulogy in my mind. It was tragic. A knitter’s version of Romeo and Juliet. Without the suicide. (Okay, it was nothing like Romeo and Juliet. I don’t know where that came from.) This beautiful sweater that started out so perfectly. And ended to sorrowfully. All wool and tears. Lying swatches.

Fear not, dear knitters. This story has a happy ending after all.

I WAS WRONG. Take that, Shakespeare.

When Rosemont finally dried, she fit just fine. Not too big. No great tragedy. Queue the happy music. I merely gave myself a stroke for no reason at all. Like usual.

DSC_0043aRosemont by Hannah Fettig. Knit in Quince and Co. Lark (Wasabi colorway).

 

Pattern: Rosemont by Hannah Fettig. You can find the pattern on Ravelry here, but mine is from the book:  Home & Away: Knits for Everyday Adventures, * which I ABSOLUTELY LOVE. (I am not just saying that because I used an affiliate link. The book is Pure Knitting Delight.)

Yarn: Lark by Quince and Co. in the Wasabi colorway. My family is not a fan of my color choice. They say I look like a Forest Service truck. Even Reed didn’t much care for the color.

This is the first time I have used the yarn actually called for in a pattern. This little arrangement worked out quite well. I will have to try using the yarn called for by the pattern again sometime. This was my first time knitting with a Quince wool, and I wasn’t so sure on the outset. The skeins felt so ordinary given all the hype. As soon as I started knitting my swatch, I could tell Lark was legit. Karen put it best when she once commented how SQUISHY it was. So true!

Skeins/yards: The pattern called for 10 skeins to knit the second-smallest size. I used 8 1/2 skeins, or a little over 1,100 yards (1,040 m).

Time on the needles: About a month! All future knits should be in worsted weight. Holy smokes, that went fast. Quick, send me links to your favorite worsted weight sweaters! It’s all I want to knit ever again. (Except for the little lace project I just started...)

Mistakes: None! Can you believe it?!? There were a couple times in the beginning that my row count was off, but I sorted them out without too much trouble.

Construction approach: All of Hannah Fettig’s patterns in this book are written both ways (seamed and unseamed). I don’t appreciate the art of sweater seaming and chose the top-down seamless version. Hallelujah!

Modifications: I think I might have inadvertently only knit half of the short rows on the collar, but I didn’t even notice until I wore it too work and compared it to my friend’s (the other half of the office knit-a-long). My collar doesn’t fold. It snuggles my neck just so, and I love it! It’s my favorite part of the sweater. Finally, a mistake that paid off!

The only other change I made was knitting slightly shorter sleeves, which worked out marvelously despite all my consternation.

Pattern notes: This was a great pattern, and I can’t wait to knit the next sweater from Home & Away for Round 2 of the office knit-a-long. (We are going to knit the cover!) Both of our Rosemonts ended up with a bit of pouchiness happening between the armpits and the chest. After looking at photos of other Rosemonts, I have decided this is just how this particular pattern works. It doesn’t bother me much, and I wouldn’t mind knitting up a second Rosemont someday. The more discerning among us might find the pouchiness a bit more troubling, however.

Blocking notes: Near stroke survived. This time.

Overall: Of all the sweaters I have knit to date, this one by far came out the best. No big drama. No major mistakes. Great yarn, and IT FITS! Joy!

*This is an Amazon affiliate link, but I truly do swoon over this book each and every day. Thank you for being you!

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14 Comments

  • Reply purepurly April 30, 2016 at 5:20 am

    Happy to hear the blocking did not ruin your lovely cardigan! I know the feeling of anxiety…..

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) April 30, 2016 at 5:25 am

    Great sweater and a happy knitter! Talk about bliss! 🙂
    And I disagree with your family, the color is perfect.
    Enjoy….

  • Reply Andi April 30, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Awesome! You did a brilliant job on this gorgeous cardigan. Look how perfect it looks on you. 🙂 Happy Birthday, Andrea!

  • Reply knittedblissjc April 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

    wet blocking garments always gives me the vapors as well! Sleeve length in particular. So glad that this worked out, the cardi looks awesome!

  • Reply Stefanie April 30, 2016 at 10:01 am

    YAY! On a great finish and in time for your birthday! Double win.

  • Reply Katie May 1, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Lovely! I couldn’t believe how fast my first worsted weight cardigan went too. It was the Dirty Martini sweater by Ela Torrente, and I absolutely loved knitting it and wearing it. I might need to make myself a Rosemont after seeing yours, though.

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple May 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    YaY!!! don’t you just love when everything comes together!!!!

  • Reply Alina May 3, 2016 at 5:28 am

    Oh, love it so much! Timeless piece! Congrats on your big big knitting victory!!!

  • Reply LW May 4, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    I just finished this too! I keep wearing it even though I haven’t blocked it yet…but maybe I wont! (I found the pouchiness too)

  • Reply Sierra May 5, 2016 at 9:26 am

    This was next on my sweater list but It’s been moved down for a fingering weight sweater I want to bring to Europe this summer. I love the color! So glad that it wasn’t ruined while blocking.

  • Reply Sara August 11, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this post! I had the same experience. Before blocking, my Rosemont felt a little small. After blocking, it was huge! Your blog really did calm my fears. I let it dry for 2 days and even stuck it in the dryer (on low, low, low) for 4 minutes. It fits perfectly! This is my first sweater for myself and I feel such a huge sense of accomplishment!

  • Reply Fall Bucket List of Must Knits - This Knitted Life August 24, 2016 at 6:13 am

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