Posted by: Kim | June 27, 2007

Fitzroy Cardigan project summary

Fitzroy front viewFitzroy rear view

Pattern: Fitzroy Cardigan

Source: Dolce Handknits pattern

Yarn: Misti Cotton Pima Cotton/Silk in Pink (43), five skeins (83% Peruvian Pima Cotton / 17% Silk)

Size made: 36″ bust

Needles used: Size 8 Clover bamboo straights

Project start date: Early May (I’m so horrible—I didn’t note the date)

Project end date: June 27th

Project cost: 5 skeins @ $9.50 ea = $47.50 (I did purchase one more insurance skein which I didn’t use)

Notes: Ah, my second straight sweater completed in a cotton yarn. This one was completely different from the Tomato, though. The feel of the fiber was pleasant, but my hands tired more easily using this particular yarn. It doesn’t seem to be pilling as quickly as the Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Cotton, so that’s a step in the right direction.

I have to admit to getting quite sick of the vine stripe pattern by the time I was finishing up that last sleeve. I’m not sure why, but the repetitiveness of it really started to wear me out. It really was a quick knit, if you didn’t take too much time off during the construction. It’s the boredom that caused this to take so long. Well, also the fact that I let the blocked pieces lay in the office for a week until I could summon the finishing gods to seam it all together.

With regard to the finishing, I’m actually happy with the work I did. It took me two days of patient seaming of the shoulders, sleeves and sides. Then I had to finish knitting the button bands on both sides to join at the center back for a 3-needle bind off. That resulted in the last seaming of the project—sewing the band to the back neck of the sweater. Then I got to sew the buttons on it. Speaking of buttons, aren’t these the cutest?

Fitzroy button

I bought them at Village Yarn & Tea when I purchased the yarn back in February. I’m really happy with how they look on the cardigan.



  1. Very nice!

  2. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!

  3. That is absolutely gorgeous! And all that work just makes it that much more precious — now that it’s done.

  4. Hi Kim,
    It’s lovely, definitely worth the effort & I love those buttons.

  5. Very nice work!

  6. fancy dancy!!!! and the patience to knit lace in cotton?……. awesome.

  7. Those buttons are so sweet!

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