So, I’ve been meaning to write this post for ages, even got the photos ready a few weeks ago but something was holding me back(read laziness) . So here goes…This is my finished Anzen Cardigan from PomPom Quarterly issue 7. I bought the yarn just before Christmas with the idea to have a fun project to work on over the holidays and I had planed a trip to Paris over the new years which gave me many long car driving hours ideal to fill with mindless crochet.I used some standard sport weight wool I got at a local yarn shop and I am quite happy with the quality. Also I am not afraid at all to pop the cardigan in the washing machine which I have done many times already since I finished it in January and have been wearing it non-stop. I made a size 1 and guess my gauge was a bit of because it turned out a bit tight but I love it anyway.The pattern is very easy and the instructions quite good which means that this is a perfect project for a beginner in crochet who wants to make something wearable.
It has been my go-to cardigan since I finished it and I feel it goes with everything, at least I wear it with everything 🙂
Work in Progress
Here is another make from PomPom magazine. This is the Fieldwork Cardigan from last years summer issue (issue 5). It’s funny how long it can take to start a project. In this case I already had the yarn when I got the magazine last May but I only got myself to start this March. I took the project with me on vacation and had plenty of time to knit so it went quickly. I finished the four panels in about two weeks, but was not able to block the pieces and stitch them together until I got home. Then I also knit the garter stitch borders and finished. I used Merino Singles from Lioness Arts in the colorway “Seeing other People” which is a deep shade of red, very pretty. I actually won the yarn in a PomPom KAL last spring. I got two 100 gram skeins and used almost all of it for the cardi. I think it was a very nice paring. The yarn is excellent to knit with and feels high quality.
The construction of this cardigan is unusual and I know there has been some confusion about it. First of all it is knit from the side in four panels: right back, left back, right front and left front. The two back panels are grafted together and then the front pieces are sewn to the back pieces which means there are two sleeve seams, one on upper arm and one on the underarm as well as side seams. This is a lot of seams on my opinion ( I am a lover of seamless knits) and makes the construction complicated. Before seaming the panels together you have to block them “to measurements” as it says in the pattern. I found this confusing, since the measurements given in the pattern are that of the finished garment which has borders that add to its length and width. I would have found it better to have a figure or table with measurements of only the panels.
The Wave Lace pattern is relatively easy, a repetition of 4 rows over seven stitches so once you get the hang of it the knitting is a breeze. Also because the four panels are very similar, it feels like you are knitting the same thing four times and by the time I started the fourth panel I had gotten a little bored. However, I followed the pattern to the dot, with one exception. I decided to graft the pack pieces together before blocking since it felt unsafe to do it with lots of open stitches, even though they were on a thread.
The PomPom magazine makes sure to write all their pattern is the same style. It is clear and precise, they explain every special method at the beginning of the pattern and they always indicate if you are working from the right side (RS) or the wrong side (WS). I find this very helpful and missing in many patterns. You also know what to expect if you make many of PomPoms garments . However in the Fieldwork cardigan pattern there are many mistakes regarding the precision and things that were overseen. Some of the mistakes have been corrected in the errata, but not all of them and not clearly enough. This is especially obvious towards the end of the pattern where all descriptions get very short. In the sewn cast of it is not indicated from which side it is and the stitches in the button holes do not add up. At least to my best knowledge it should say:
Buttonhole Row(RS): Sl 1,k to last 7 sts, work One Row Buttonhole over 5 sts, p1. In spite of this, the cardigan is a beautiful garment and I am very happy with my make. It is pretty and perfect to complement flowy (summer)dresses. I have talked about my love of PomPom magazine before and they continue to amaze me with their beautiful designs and I am very exited to get the next copy in only a few weeks 🙂