Twilight Marion (in the daylight)

Hey guess what? I knitted another something! Woo hoo!

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(Hmmm, fourth knitting project. Does that officially make me a knitter?!?)

Another Andi Satterlund pattern – the Marion cardigan. (And yes, I will knit a non-Andi Satterlund pattern sometime soon, I promise. I have a bunch of others in my Ravelry queue, and may even have yarn for one of them…. Mmm… yarn stash… Yeah, guess I’m a knitter now as well. Oops. More things to stash.)

My lil’ sis’ and I started knitting the Marion pattern as part of the Marion Knit Along over on Ravelry. That was due to finish at the end of October. Oh well, it only took us a couple of months longer than that, and better late than never, etc, etc.

(Plus, you know, it’s summer here. A thick woollen jersey isn’t really gonna get a lot of wear for the next couple of months so there wasn’t exactly a rush to get them finished.)

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The Marion cardigan is a close-fitting, cropped (waist length) cardi with a deep vee neck and front buttons. There is a twisted cable design running down the edge of the neckline and button bands, and also alternating with plain bands in the rib of the sleeve cuffs. It’s knit in the round from the top down, and the sleeves are picked up from the armholes and shaped with short rows. The button/neck band is also picked up and knit on. (All phrases that made no sense to me at all a year ago, so apologies for those of you who don’t know what the heck I’m talking about. Key thing that it boils down to – some knitting you knit each piece together then sew them together at the end. Others, you join them up as you knit them. This pattern is one of those join-as-you-go ones.)

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

This was my first time doing cables. They’ve always kinda terrified me, as they look so complicated. But you know what? They were actually really easy! Plus fun to knit, seeing them take shape in all their twisty prettiness under the needles. So that was a rather plesant surprise.

(I’m trying to choose projects that get me to learn new things each time. Because, yay for learning stuff!)

Want a closer look at those cables? Here you go.

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

And here’s an even closer one. (Yeah, I may be rather proud of them. First cables, yo!)

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

I was a good little girl and did a swatch first to check the gauge. Lucky I did, as it ended up coming out quite small, so I did the maths (if only they’d told me back in high school that maths is actually useful for fun stuff, rather than just mathematical-type-stuff, oh well) and went up a size when making this up (I did a size M, grading out to a L at the waist, wheras with other Andi Satterlund patterns I’ve done the S, grading out to an M at the waist). I’m pleased to say that my calculations worked out well, and this fits rather nicely. 🙂 And should continue to fit nicely after the post-baby-weight has gone away again.

Grading out to an L at the waist was easy – I looked at how many stitches it was meant to end with at the ribbing for the L vs the M, figured out the difference, and then used that to determine how many less decreases I needed to do in the decrease rows between the bust and the waist. (Hopefully that sentence makes some sort of sense?!?)

The Marion pattern has slightly cropped sleeves. Since, you know, woollen cardigans in winter and all, I don’t want to get cold wrists, so I extended the sleeves to make them full length, by adding another 30 rows to each one. I didn’t want them any narrower at the wrist though (plus it would have totally thrown off the calculations for the ribbing on the sleeve cuffs), so I didn’t do any decrease rows on those extra 30 rows.

Interestingly, the amount of stitches around at that point made the varigated yarn go into a nice, swirly pattern, can you see it on the last section of the sleeves there?

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Sadly, even though I tried the sleeves on multiple times as I was going, to figure out how many extra rows to add, they still ended up too short. Oops. (My excuse is that I was finishing and lengthening the first one while sitting in hospital when the littliest guy was sick and a few days old, so I was somewhat tired and distracted at the time. On the plus side, knitting is nice and calming at times like that. Also, he’s perfectly fine now, so all is good. 🙂 ) I have no idea how to undo the binding off, so I’m waiting until my mother comes to visit next week so she can show me (hi, mum!). Then I’ll add another 20 rows – 10 of plain, and 10 of the ribbing as the ribbing looks too short with full length sleeves. (Yes, I have long gorilla arms. Here’s how much I’ve added to the length already – if I’d stuck with the original length on the pattern, they would have been far shorter on me than the pattern design.)

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(Speaking of random times to be knitting, I should have called this the baby cardi, or something like that. I was knitting one of the sleeves while I was in labour, pretending that I wasn’t in labour as I didn’t want to be sent to hospital too early since hanging out at home is far better than hanging out in the hospital as far as I’m concerned. Yep. Again, a good, calming distraction.)

Anyway, the pattern. As with the other Andi Satterlund patterns I’ve used, it’s a nice one to follow. I like the way it all gets knit onto itself, so no seaming at the end – when you’re done, you’re done! Plus, you can try it on as you go, which is a good thing.

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

I did have one area where I got confused – when knitting the ribbing for the size L around the base, the instructions just didn’t seem to add up. I posed a question about it to the Ravelry group, and one of the other girls replied saying she’d had the exact same problem and how she’d dealt with it, so I took that to mean that I wasn’t going nuts and reading it wrong. 😉 So for anyone else who may be making this in the size L at the waist and who encounters the same issue, here’s the problem I found:

Following the insructions to (p2 k2) doesn’t give you the right number of stitches to finish with the p2 that the instructions say you should finish with – instead, you finish with a k2, which means the right and left sides of the bottom ribbing won’t be symmetrical. So to get it to even out, you either need to decrease by two more stitches, or by two less stitches when you’re doing the last decrease row of the waist shaping.

Also, at the same point in the pattern, finishing 15 stitches before the end and doing a (p2, stitch pattern B, k1) adds up to 16 stitches instead of 15, so you actually need to finish 16 stitches before the end instead of 15.

(Of course, I’m still very much a newbie at all this knitting stuff, so I may have just mucked it all up somewhere, but since someone else had the same issue as me, maybe it is a mistake. Or maybe not. *shrug*)

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Now, I know this cardigan isn’t perfect – one side of my button band is pulling up at the base, and the sleeves are still too short. But you know what? It’s my fourth knitting project, and I’m pretty darn happy with it. 🙂 So, yay for learning to knit! More knitting shall definitely be done in 2015. 😉

Also, remember how I mentioned at the start of this (rather long!) post that my sister was making the Marion as well? Well, we actually made it up in the same yarn, coz we both really wanted it in this colour way. So, twinsies in pattern and yarn! Woot! 🙂

(Plus a 10-week-old little person, in a cardi knitted by his Nana.)

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

Twilight Marion cardigan | Modern Vintage Cupcakes

If you’re curious, the yarn we used is Crucci Landscapes in the Twilight colourway, from the Skeinz online store. Love that place – pretty yarns, good quality, and the shipping is fast (and free if you spend enough, which is crazy easy to do with all the pretties to choose from – oops!). It’s a really nice yarn to work with, all soft and squishy and cuddly with 75% wool and 25% alpaca. I used the Lava colourway for my Myrna cardigan, and it’s super tempting to get even more colourways (but really, how many varigated cardigans do I need?!?). Must. Resist……

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26 responses to “Twilight Marion (in the daylight)

  1. Lovely cardy – I must do more knitting, I like that it’s portable, using a sewing machine during labour would not be so easy! A knitting pro I met this summer told me that when she was about 11 she liked the look of a knitting pattern but knew she couldn’t do it as it had cables. The shop owner told her “oh, they’re not cables, you just swap some stitches around”. That sounded easy so she got it and did it and only found out a couple of years later that that is what cables are! A friend was saying yesterday she’s yet to try cables so I told her this Jedi mind trick!

    • Haha that’s a great way to think of cables! And so very accurate, too. 🙂 I was really surprised how easy they were to do! I foresee many more cabled projects in my future… 😉

      The portability of knitting is actually what prompted me to really learn it – it’s so nice to have a craft I can take with me, and do when chatting with friends. (Is that a common crafters issue, or just me, having to always have something for my hands to be doing?!?)

  2. If you’ve got enough spare wool, cut the sleeves above the ribbing, put the stitches back on the needle (us a life line) and then knit them longer.

  3. Gorgeous cardigan. 🙂 I can’t believe it’s only your fourth knitted item! Great job! Also, you and your sister look adorable in your matching cardis! 😀

    • Thanks! 🙂

      Haha we got quite a few odd looks, taking photos in a garden beside the road in our matching cardis on a summers day! Lol, the things we do for blogging, right?! 😉

  4. That’s a wonderful cardigan, Kat! I didn’t know it was only your fourth project! Cables look terrifying to me….

    • They are amazingly easy! Like, super crazy why-was-I-ever-scared-of-this easy!! (And seriously, they looked super terrifying to me before I made this one!!)

  5. This is so cute! The colors look great on you! I remember what a pleasant surprise it was the first time I knit cables… you get all stressed out about it, but it’s really pretty simple and fun. 🙂

    Oh, and if the button band pulling bothers you, I bet you can fix it with another blocking. Wet it thoroughly, stretch it into place, and pin it (I usually put a towel down on top of my bed for lack of floor space). It’s amazing how much you can stretch and manipulate wool when it’s wet!

  6. I could help you unpick the bind off, if you don’t get to it with your mum, it’s really quite simple!

    Looks good!

  7. Awesome! I love the yarn you chose! I wish I could knit 😦

    • You can totally learn, it’s not that hard!!! There is currently talk of a WSBN knitting challenge – we could teach you and you could join in? Go on, it’s fun! (It’s also funny when a bunch of us go out for lunch/dinner and all pull out our knitting. 😛 )

  8. Beautiful! Keep on knitting because I’m doing the patterns just after you do so you’re my inspiration 🙂

  9. Looking good! I like knitting cables,, and would love to do a sweater loaded with them sometime. I also always have to add sleeve length, I hope you can get those sleeves fixed!

  10. That cardi looks pretty great to me – especially for a fourth knitting project! Also love the photo of you two in the same cardis…very cool 🙂

  11. wow twisted cables, that is impressive! You’ve done a fab job and the colour is just lovely.

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  13. So impressed. I can’t believe you haven’t been doing it for years! I might just have to learn properly, as I think you’ve blown my excuses out of the water.

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