Doodlesknit of Sydney, Australia recently completed the Mothers Cardigan in one of my favorite yarns, GGH Soft Kid.
Didn't it turn out great? She shares a few words on the cardigan.
I finished my cardigan in December o8. The GGH Soft Kid I chose suited a 5mm needle. It was a quick knit, although I did find myself knitting the back almost twice, because I mis-crossed a cable and didn’t notice for quite a long time (maybe I though it would magically ‘right’ itself if I just kept knitting). Just as well I had plenty of yarn and could discard the used yarn, mohair is bad, bad, bad to frog and it de-fuzzed as I unraveled.
I really like this design, it has lots of waist shaping so is very flattering and is the sort of classic style that shows off a yarn or (vintage) buttons really well. It was very easy to do and, once knitted up, the pieces fitted together perfectly.
I made practically no modifications. Only a little lengthening of the sleeves and increasing the buttonholes to 3x cast off/cast on stitches rather than a yarn-over. No matter what size of button I chose I think I’d do this detail again and simply sew up any excess buttonhole. Since the facing folds back on itself, buttonholes have to be matched up together with a few stitches anyway and buttonholes rarely come out neatly so the more ‘tidying’ that can be done the better.
I’ll certainly do this pattern again, I can see it becoming my ‘go-to’ pattern for a cardigan because it lends itself to further adaptations. I can see a shorter more closely fitted version in my future, or a version with different placement of a cable or with a variegated yarn. Of course it’s also a great way to show off vintage buttons!