My Hand Dyed Yarn Kid Silk Mohair "Gertrude" Cardigan
I'm so pleased with my finished "Gertrude"cardigan! This is the first cardigan I've ever knitted, and it was actually a lot simpler and straight forward than I was expecting. It also knitted pretty quickly on the 4mm needles :-) Find out here how to knit one for yourself...
I started with 2 x 50g skeins of my hand dyed 'Gilliangladrag Holy Fluff" Kid Silk Mohair. As with a lot of hand dyed yarn, the two skeins were slightly different, - but I was happy with that! :-)
The cardigan is knitted on circular needles back and forth from the neck down. It's easier to keep all the stitches on circular needles. There's a really lovely detailing around the neck and at the bottom of the cardigan created with a little 'yarn over' and knit 2 together stitch. It creates little lacy holes... you can probably see it better here below :
The sleeve stitches get put on stitch holders and you come back to those later.
As you can see - I used my 2nd skein for the sleeves. And the last thing to add was the button bands, which are also in the 2nd skein. I think it worked out really well!
After much deliberation, I decided on these little mother of pearl flower buttons, which I think finish it off perfectly! :-)
The cardigan is SO SO soft. It is as light as a feather, but actually really quite warm when you put it on. It will be fabulous over a white t-shirt or top in the summer. Great for a cooler summer evening over a sleeveless dress too. It's very soft next to the skin. I ended up using 75g out of my 2 x 50g skeins, so I actually had 25g left over! I knitted the size Large.
What you need to knit your own Gertrude Cardigan :
1) The Gertrude Cardigan Pattern HERE
2) The right amount of Kid Silk Mohair yarn. We sell lots of options right HERE
3) A 3.75mm circular needle for the ribbing and a 4mm circular needle for the body of the cardigan (either 60 or 80cm length would be fine). Then I used 25cm circulars for the sleeves, also in 3.75 and 4mm. I found these MUCH easier than DPNs - but it's personal preference I guess. Click HERE for circular needles
4) You need some stitch holders for the sleeves : HERE
5) You need some stitch markers too but if I'm honest I'd recommend using some waste yarn in another colour! I think it would be easier.
6) You need 7 buttons. I used THESE