The Shakespeare Cardigan is complete. Complete complete. The parts are sewn together, the ends woven in and the buttons sewn on. I am basking in a sense of achievement. It is the best and most comfortable sweater I have ever made. The collar fits up around my neck that makes me feel like I am wearing a warm hug.
This is especially satisfying since I had to start over completely from scratch after knitting 80% of the Diminishing Rib sweater. The yarn was all wrong for that pattern and I knit a size much too big. Ripping it out required a break from knitting, but I overcame it and now I finally have a sweater worth wearing.
I am surprised that more people have not discovered this knitting pattern.
- The 1x1 rib goes surprisingly fast.
- The honeycomb pattern sucks in at the waist, which is very flattering
- It's a free pattern
- It's knit in only 3 pieces, the front and back are knit at the same time followed by the sleeves.
- The button band was very easy to configure.
- It's a great way to use up any Aran weight tweed in your stash.
Finally, the only photo I've been able to take with me wearing it. It is a bit on the snug side, but it doesn't matter. It shows off a little bit of my extra curves. With any luck that will be motivation to get some extra exercise.
The only thing I wish is that I knit the honeycomb pattern in a larger needle -up one size. I'm a super tight knitter and I think that this sweater pulls in a little more than it needs to, but it doesn't bother me enough to fix it. I also wish the pattern was more specific about right side and wrong side as it relates to knitting the collar and band, but otherwise it was a very enjoyable knitting pattern. It's a great sweater if you're looking to start cables and do your first button band. I really hope other people catch on to it because it is one of the best cardigans I've ever knit.