By now I’m sure you know how much I love Kate Davies’ designs and writing. Còinneach is the latest of her patterns that I have knitted in her own yarn, Milarrochy Tweed.

I chose Cowslip as my main colour with Bruce, Garth, Cranachan and Stockiemuir. Knitting the yoke was such fun and even the acres of stocking stitch were enjoyable because of how the yarn just glides along the needles.

Then I hit a problem – I didn’t like the length. I am very tall and I also like my cardis good and long. I thought I had made all the right calculations, but apparently not. There was nothing for it but to add more to the length and the only way to do this was to chop the cardi.

I can already hear you shrieking but actually, if you make the right preparations, it’s really not so bad.

First of all I marked the central stitch in the steek to help me orientate myself.

I took a long circular needle and threaded it through the first row after the rib.Then I used a needle and bright yarn and threaded it through the stitches two rows above, so I could cut the row in between the two held stitches.

Once I had checked the stitches I knitted up from the rib to get the extra length I needed. Now it was time to graft the hundreds of stitches back together.

You can hardly see the join.

I finished off the cardi with these lovely buttons and some ribbon to cover the steek that I bought in India in January.

I am thrilled with the cardigan but I think I would knit a size smaller next time. The moral of this story is be brave.

2 comments on “Còinneach

  1. Pamela Dickinson-Noris

    Makes me want to buy yellow yarn. Gorgeous cardi.

    Sent from my iPhone


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