There were high hopes for a productive Easter break, with lots to blog about. In reality, I came down with a bad cold on Thursday, and have only been able to potter around in dribs and drabs for the last two and a bit days. The cold’s impeccable timing is a little frustrating, but what can you do?

Despite the reduced productivity, I managed to finish Somerset yesterday.


Somerset Cardigan by Melissa Wehrle
Around 6 balls of Cleckheaton Angora Supreme
3.25mm and 3.5mm needles
Started: December 2009
Finished: April 2010
Modifications: Smaller needles, added length to the body and an extra buttonhole, made the collar narrower
Ravelryed: here

Although a few modifications were made (which were largely to do with gauge) it’s a nice straightforward knit. The end product is maybe a little big around the shoulders, but it’s still quite wearable. I might need to work on smoothing out the collar edge a bit more, but it’s looking a lot better now than it did when it was first finished:

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The yarn created a very soft and warm fabric and I think it worked well with the pattern. It did tend to break if I was a bit rough with it though, and being an angora blend, it sheds like no one’s business. It was particularly nice to find a use for the yarn as I purchased it over five years ago. I originally intended to use it for a pattern that called for 4 ply angora yarn. As Angora Supreme is around 10 ply, the initial swatches required 2mm needles in order to get even close to the required gauge. My sanity and fingers are very glad that project didn’t get past swatching.


The real star in this project is the buttons. Without venturing too far down hyperbole lane, I think these buttons are truly things of beauty and match the cardigan really well. They were purchased from Buttonmania, a button wonderland in Melbourne CBD. The buttons were purchased by the owner of Buttonmania in a collection of 33,000 (yep, thousand) buttons. She showed a lot more restraint than I in that situation; I’d be sorely temped to dig a pit, empty the buttons into it, and dive in, Scrooge McDuck style.

On an unrelated note, it was a relief to read that I’m not the only one that dislikes ribbing. I felt a bit guilty being so negative in my last post; it’s not reasonable to think that I’d like absolutely every aspect of knitting, but I still felt bad whinging about something I do for enjoyment.

7 Responses to “Somerset”

  1. Michelle Says:

    I so love your cardi. And the buttons. Oh my. I could marry that lady from Buttonmania. She is tops, isn’t she? And such a button collection!

    Hope you are feeling a lot better, and that the Easter break ends better than it started!

  2. jane Says:

    It’s lovely! The colour is so subtle and pretty, and you’re right about the buttons – I think Hyperbole Lane is entirely appropriate. Buttons maketh the cardigan, after all.
    Sorry to hear you’ve been unwell – hope you had a chance to sample some of those delicious looking local hot cross buns at some point, though!

  3. Lynne Says:

    Gorgeous – I love the buttons!

  4. Rhiannon Says:

    That looks like the perfect combination of warm and cooling. I can’t explain why that’s a good thing, but it is!
    (and the grey is divine 🙂 )

  5. Christine Says:

    Ooh it’s lovely 🙂 And thanks for the link to Buttonmania!

  6. melissa Says:

    Very nice! And angora is always such a nice yarn choice, even though it is quite a mess to work with. I always am excited to see a finished project from one of my patterns.

    Regarding fixing up the collar, the bound off edge is actually supposed to be sewn to the sweater so you have a nice clean edge. If you picked the stitches up instead of knitting the collar separately, it will give you some “stair steps” at the edge. If you sewed them on, and you felt like taking out the seam, you just need to flip the collar around. Either way, you could maybe even try a single crochet edge to smooth things out all the way around, being careful that you keep the stretchiness of the rib intact.

  7. bells Says:

    oh yes. The buttons are superb – a lovely addition to what I think is a really good, really interesting knitted garment!

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