Here she is! The Rimini Cardigan, pattern by Martin Storey from the Jaeger JB16 brochure printed in 2003. Knitted in six shades of John Arbon Textiles Knit By Numbers 4-ply wool in the Grape colourway. Buttons from my button box, can’t remember where I originally bought them.
Oh, this is a lovely garment and I’m so happy with the finished product. The wool has a wonderful drape and the result is a soft and lightweight fabric which is still warm, the collar helps to make it cosy. The cardigan can be buttoned up to the neck, but I like to have warmth at the back of my neck whilst leaving my throat area uncovered so I will most often wear it as shown in the photo. The sleeves are the perfect length and quite close-fitting without being tight and actually that description suits the whole cardigan. At the moment it fits me fine, although I will be happier when I drop the extra weight I’ve added since late March, a task which I think is going to take me quite some time. It’s likely that in the short term I’ll wear the cardigan unbuttoned, or just buttoned at the bust which I like anyway. I have knit one version of this pattern in the past where I just put buttons from neck to bust and that worked really well.
Here is the back view:
I finished all the knitting on Monday 29th June 2020 and the cardigan has had a quick bath and lay-out on the floor to dry so it is ready to take its place in my knitwear shelves. I think I have mentioned before that this wool is strictly hand-wash only, but that’s a small price to pay for such a lovely fabric.
One finished garment, of course, leaves an opening for a new project and I have already cast on for the Cucumber Vintage Sweater.
So far I am enjoying working with the Scheepjes Metropolis yarn which is nice and springy and should be fine to pop in the washing-machine. I think it will provide just the right sort of elasticity to suit this form-fitting sweater (I’m avoiding the nagging doubt that it is perhaps a little too form-fitting at my current weight). This should knit up quite quickly considering how enjoyable I’m finding even the deep band of one by one ribbing. I can’t remember the last time I did a single rib on a cardigan or jumper, I amost always do two by two.
And so that’s it. I’m going to celebrate my achievement with home-made shortbread biscuits and a cuppa, after I’ve put in my day’s exercise of course.