Pattern: Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers
Yarn: Shibui Merino Kid
Needles: US 4
I love this cardi! I did have a few issues with the yarn when I began: it shed like a little green bunny, it turned my bamboo needles and my fingers green, and it wasn't quite the right gauge. After looking at finished pictures, I realized the bigger gauge was perfect because then I wouldn't look too big for my sweater. The green fuzz vacuumed right up. The green needles got a rubbing alcohol scrub and I learned how to set dye: soak for 20 minutes in cold water with 1/2 cup of vinegar, bag in an oven bag, set on a cookie sheet, put it in the oven at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, let cool, wash in tepid bath with wool wash, and voila!
Really, I probably could have just rinsed the excess dye out of it (which I ended up doing in the post-cook bath), but I'm glad I took the precaution with the vinegar bath too. I wore it over an expensive white Banana Republic shirt all day yesterday and no green stains! Just green hairs. :)
I don't think I modified it at all. The sleeves are even knit to the prescribed length, I think. Finishing was easy. I HATE twisted rib, though. Goodness, it took FOREVER. But it looks really neat. Love the bound-off detailing on the hem and the sleeve cuffs. John helped me pick the buttons. He's a genius button-picker!
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