Continuing with the theme of enjoying the lovely yarn donated to me by Joanne of the Cup On The Bus blog, I couldn't resist this Chelsea Silk which is 65% silk and 35% wool. This is sheer luxury to someone like me who usually buys acrylic yarn in balls. Somehow a skein looks more elegant than a ball and these skeins are particularly easy to wind without creating a tangled mess.
I'm saving some skeins for a blanket. But I also decided to use some for a top down baby cardigan. I have never knitted this type of pattern before and, while it is an interesting new experience, the jury is still out on whether it is easier or harder than the more usual cardigan pattern. I usually avoid any pattern that says "place markers" and I had 2 false starts with this one when I forgot to increase on both sides of the markers. Hey ho.
But I persisted and I have now worked past the difficult increasing part of the pattern and am on the main body of the cardigan.....no more markers required! When that is finished I have to pick up and knit the sleeves on dpns. That will also be a new experience as I usually only use them for the last few rows of a hat.
This cardigan is a charity knit and will go to a part of the world where it is very unlikely to be tossed into a washing machine. It is knitting up to be a very strong fabric and I'm happy that it will survive lots of wear.
I found the pattern on Ravelry here.