lanata

lanata

lanata

lanata
She’s done. Lanata the lovely. What a long haul that was! Do you remember the vote in April when you decided I’d knit her? I started in August but had such a battle with that jolly yoke to get the curvy pattern and the decreases working in harmony. What a performance and, unfortunately, I think it was just me…

I love, love, LOVE the yarn. It’s Louisa Harding’s Ianthe yarn, a 50/50 merino/cotton mix. It knits like a dream, is smooth and so comfortable to wear. Warm without being hot. And, it’s sturdy. After all my ripping, it has just lasted perfectly. You’d never know how hard I’ve been on it. I’m definitely going to use Ianthe again.

I should have made a smaller size. After these photos and before starting another rather lovely new project, I took the time to measure myself properly. Hmmm, I’m a whole three inches smaller in the bust than I was last time I checked… So this cardy might not have figure hugging curves, but hey, it’s so comfy I don’t mind. I’m calling it slouchy. I’ve made mine an inch longer than the pattern suggested, I don’t remember why… I must have had some reason at the time… but, anyhow,  I did. So, I’ve added an extra buttonhole and button to the front band making seven in total.

See in the top shot the gape between the first two buttons? It annoys me. I tried sewing on the second button a couple of times, but I can’t seem to get it right. So, I think I’ll wear it with just one button done up; that sits better. I have tried buttoning it all up, but that just doesn’t work on me. Although there’s waist shaping in there I could do with something altogether more fitted and when this cardigan is all buttoned up I look very straight up and down, not such a good look. I’ll aim for a more nipped in waist next time. At least I know what my actual waist measurement is now…

My ravelry project page is here.



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