Finished Fezziwig

It took just shy of two months to finish the Fezziwig Cardigan.

I have to say, I love it. The yarn, a heathered yarn from Haynes Creek, is lovely, and for a pure wool, its rather soft. And as for the colour, well, the blue/teal is so VERY me.

Before I give my thoughts on the pattern, I want to say, it’s discontinued. It is only available via the Wayback Machine, the internet’s archive. It was made unavailable in late 2019. It is what it is, and I knew this diving into this project.

(Also, as a total aside, I could never get the PDF file to download from the Wayback Machine on my iPhone or iPad – I was able to get the PDF when working on a PC. Keep this in mind if you seek this pattern out).

While I like my finished sweater, and it did knit up fast, I had some issues. If you were to knit the 42″ bust like I did, you might have noticed a typo after the sleeves are put on waste yarn. Pattern reads: Sts are 34/72/34, then you increase in the next row. Stitches ACTUALLY are 33/72/33, then after that increase in the Purl row, you get the stitch count that’s listed on the pattern.

Others in their project notes on Ravelry or in the pattern comments also noticed that you need to repeat the pocket cables a total of 4 times, not 3 like the directions say.

For the collar. I got SUPER confused for how to proceed with a bigger needle. I kept the button band on 6mm and knit the collar on 9mm. There’s a discrepancy for how many rows to knit total – I repeated rows 3 & 4 13 times more – so 30 rows of short rows before the rows to resolve them. I KEPT the collar stitches on 9mm and continued to work the bands on 6mm, even for those last few rows, simply switching sizes. I wanted the band to stay even and lots of drape for the collar.

While trying to wrap my head around the collar and needle sizes, I texted my friend Victoria, who also knit this sweater, although for her it was quite a few years ago. Her biggest advice was to use Jeny’s Stretchy Bind Off when binding off the collar, which I did. And, again, I kept the band stitches on 6mms and the collar stitches on 9mms and bound off with the respective needles, but stretchily.

In all, I used just over 1080 metres (or 1181 yards if you prefer). It is a cozy sweater, and as we’re heading into the colder weather, what a perfect time to have a new cozy sweater.

What’s Next

Since casting off Sealine, I had been feeling that usual post-project ennui, that feeling of ‘what now.’ Sure, I have a stash full of yarn, and I have two sweaters in my queue to get started on, but I wasn’t feeling any of it… until something magical happened.

The weather, here in southern Ontario, turned.

There’s now a slight chill in the air, especially in the evenings. Yesterday, I wore my favourite Boxy (RAV LINK) sweater, and it wasn’t too much. The weather was perfect for it.

So, now that there’s a certain autumnal vibe, I grabbed a skein of Haynes Creek Heathers, yarn I bought over six months ago, and got it wound, ready for casting on.

Casting on what, you ask? I’ve been wanting to make the Fezziwig cardigan for years. I bought the Haynes Creek yarn with this sweater in mind, and with the heat and humidity of Ontario in July/August, I just haven’t been able to face a warm, worsted, woolly project. But the start of the autumn cool has given me inspiration. The yarn is wound, the pattern ready to go, all I have to do is grab the needles and cast on.

And wouldn’t it be nice to start the next cool season with a cool new cardigan? There’s all the inspiration and motivation I need.

Sealine

So, it appears this is the season for finishing things!

Last year, the patterns by Skeindeer Knits were brought to my attention by my friend, Victoria. The designer released patterns for Summer 2021, and I was immediately taken with Sealine (RAV LINK). I loved the vintage feel to this piece, and on a shopping trip to a LYS, I bought the yarn I would need to make one.

And then the yarn sat.

Well, actually, for some reason, the grey, which I had wound into a cake, caught the eye of my puppy, and on a few occasions, I discovered he grabbed it from my shelves and had a GRAND time getting the yarn all over my bedroom. Cut to me, de-tangling and rewinding. He’s darn cute, so a little mischief with the yarn can be easily forgiven.

So, earlier this summer, I cast on, and while I’m happy with the final sweater, it was a little fussy in its construction.

What do I mean by fussy? Well, there were a lot of folded hems. The bottom hem required a fold and knit live stitches with cast on stitches. I started the folding process but had to rip back and start again as I realized I was accidentally twisting the fabric. I carefully kept it folded with removable stitch markers, and it helped avoid the twisting / pulling that was happening. There was also the top edge details, which involved a fold and sewing live stitches and picked up stitches together.

Finally, there were the straps. They weren’t folded, but they were double thick, achieved by knitting a small amount of stitches in the round, and small amount of stitches in the round is, indeed, fussy. I started with the stitches on three very slippery DPNs, and it was, in a word, awful. I switched to a set of bamboo circulars and worked magic loop, and it was so much better. Still fussy, but better.

That said, the final top is lovely. It’s bright and attention grabbing, and I was able to finish it off with buttons scrounged from my Grandma’s ancient button box. If I was to make it again, I would have sized down. I made size 4, to accommodate a 40″ bust, but it just feels like there’s a lot more negative ease. I’m not mad at the final fit, but something to keep in mind if I was to make it again.

Is the past tense of Icefall Icefell?

I knew all I needed was some dedicated knitting, and sure enough, with some early morning rounds, I got Icefall finished.

I am really pleased with this sweater. It is giving off such Autumnal vibes, and all I want is for it to be cool enough to wear this, with some boots and warm beverage in hand, the leaves falling around me.

Oh, I’m sorry, the humidity of late August started affecting me, and the idea of fall crept in there as I’m sitting under a few fans, trying to stay cool… back on topic…

Icefall. I’m so glad I bought this pattern from Tin Can Knits. If I do say so myself, I think the final sweater is rather flattering.

I’m also pleased with how the yarns came together. The contrast is Urth, a gradient. When it was wound as a skein, I didn’t realize that it would be the gradient it ended up being. It was perfect to use for the contrast as it adds interest with the yoke without needing to change colours.

The main is Cascade Heritage, however, there are two different dye lots for the yarns. If you look carefully just below the yoke detail, you can see striping, where I alternated the different dye lots. I made the body with one lot (for which I had two skeins) and the sleeves was a different lot (for which I had one lonely skein). I waffled about how to handle the two different lots, and I while the striping by the yoke can stand out under the right light, I think this was the simplest approach to using these yarns.

One of my goals this year was to get this sweater finished, and I’m so happy that it’s ready well before the cooler Canadian seasons set in.

Usually, my next question is ‘What next,’ but luckily, I have a few projects in mind, including dedicating more time to Bright Axis tee. So, I suppose it isn’t ‘What next,’ but rather ‘When will I cast on?’

Icefall Update

I didn’t think this could happen, but I found myself enjoying colour work!

I’ve made really good progress on my Icefall sweater which, Ravelry reminds me, I started over a year ago. After working on it on and off throughout the year, I finally got to a point where the sleeves were joined on the body and the colour work on the yoke began. It was a simple 12 stitch pattern repeat, and I used a colour changing yarn as my contrast colour, so with absolutely no effort on my part, it looks like I’ve slightly changed colours throughout.

I did run into a few, let’s say, challenges while working on the sweater, namely my dog who thought the best time to crawl into my lap for some attention was while I was in the groove of colour work knitting.

Since taking these photos last week, I’ve finished the colourwork rounds and am starting the decreases for the yoke. If I have some dedicated time and, well, a dog free lap, I might have this finished in a week or so. Only 13 months for a sweater to get finished. That’s nothing at all.


And here’s when I blogged about this sweater for the first time, last July