Ok, before I begin, allow me a moment: I think that this is probably the best photograph I have seen of myself in ages. I like it because I look comfortable and physically capable — concepts which, a couple of years ago seemed totally unimaginable. Few people seem to talk about just how bloody uncomfortable it is living in a body that has had a stroke. I am happy to say that this discomfort abates somewhat as time goes on . . . Anyway, for a multitude of reasons, I would heartily recommend a trike to anyone with neurological weakness or balance problems. I love it as you can see . . .
Now I have got that shot of me, wildly gurning, out of the way, I can tell you about the cardigan.
It uses the same motifs as the Peerie Flooers designs, and its name is Bláithín, which means, in Irish “little flower.”
It is knit Donegal yarns, “Soft Donegal” – a squooshy, nubbly, and richly saturated tweed.
It is knit in one piece, and then steeked up the centre. Design features include inset pockets, steek sandwich facings, and i-cord buttonholes.
If you look carefully at the centre right of the photograph above, you’ll see a buttonhole. You’ll also note that there is i-cord around the cuffs and pocket tops. Yes, I do like my i-cord . . .
The i-cord edging is added after all the knitting is complete; it is worked all in one piece, all the way around the cardigan. Here is a shot of the edging worked along the “steek sandwich” buttonband. . .
Here is the edging on the inside of the cardigan, so that you can see the sandwich from the reverse, together with a buttonhole . . .
. . .and here is a buttonhole in action.
One of my aims with this design was for it to be as accessible as possible not only to those knitters who were cautious about steeking, but those who were afraid of colourwork. The yoke design is very simple.
It is also easily-customisable for the more adventurous knitter who would prefer to insert their own yoke design. The pattern repeats are short, and the decreases are worked over a number of plain rows.
Bláithín comes in nine sizes, covering a 30 to a 50 inch bust. The cardigan has a gentle A-line shape and is designed to be worn with 1-2 inches of positive ease. It is soft, warm, and very easy to wear.
Ideal for the novice tricyclist!
I’ve also designed a wee Bláithín, in babies and girl’s sizes. This pattern will be available very shortly.
That’s all for now – I’m off up North today to look at some wool. See you later!