pattern: Old Romance
designer: Joji Locatelli
made for: originally myself, but gifted to Sarah.
I cast on this stunner while hiking in Waterton National park near the end of August.
The sizing was a little tricky for me on this one because I have pretty wide arms, but not long arms. Since it is knit across the entire shoulders and arms at once (long rows!!!), you can’t really try it on and check the sizing. It was hard to tell while making the lace panels, what would be the right length. In the end, I knit 19 of the leaf-shaped pattern repeats. I ended up merging the medium and large sizes for the arms and then sticking to the medium size for the body. This meant that all my stitch counts were wildly off. I also had to figure out some of the numbers for myself, places like the underarm shaping, so make sure it was symmetrical. I’m not sure if it was worth the trouble, as it ended up a little snug in the arms anyway, and I decided to gift the cardigan to Sarah, since she liked it so much, about a month into the knitting. I found a few mistakes in the pattern, where there were a few directions missing for my size, but looking at the other sizes made it pretty clear what was required.
I used Pigeonroof studios silky high twist sock in the GLOW colourway “Stony Vein”. This yarn is silky and has so much depth. It’s unreal. Even non-knitters were commenting on the complex colours.