Spring Cardigan

November 2, 2016

img_3531Look! Something finished to share with you! The cardigan called is Ferris Wheel by Georgie Nicolson. I thought it was a simple, top-down, raglan cardigan pattern and maybe it still is but it really challenged me.


The pattern contains a huge number of sizes and options, some sections are sized by chest size and others by age and there’s an odd method of picking up the front stitches from the raglan.  Although the directions are very clear, there are a lot of decisions to be made and coloured numbers to follow, plus lace, plus changing my yarn every other row to avoid colour change breaks as I was working with a semi-solid yarn. With so many things to think about, this project addled my brain at times.

img_3686But I gently persisted and at some point it was finished and is now rolled in a ball at the bottom of Our Dear Girl’s wardrobe where all nice clothes go till they are wanted.


The yarn is very lovely I think, soft, bouncy and a crazy, verdant shade of green. I would never pick this from a shade card but knew instantly it would thrill my daughter. It is a 5 ply Coongee Merino from a small local label called Hawthorne Cottage Yarns and I think it might be about 15 years old. I bought this yarn from a yarn garage sale a couple of years ago, a destash of monumental proportions from the estate of a prolific knitter and spinner by her daughter. She let all the knitters in her community know, sorted all the yarn, bagged it up into lots and then donated all the money raised to charity. Buying yarn never felt so good.

Ravelry details are here.

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  1. What a spring delight. I love the colour and the surprising little patch of lace. In lieu of knitting (my knitting basket is in the much bigger too hard basket at the moment) I am painting walls bright colours. Viva Spring !

  2. oh a finished thing! hooray for this news, well done you for persisting and what a perfect springtime green it is – love love love it!!

  3. What a glorious colour!
    I tried to knit this pattern, and I would concur that it’s not as straight forward as it would initially appear. There are lots of options, as you mention, which require the knitter’s attention. It does make for a beautiful fit though, don’t you agree?
    And I think I remember that destash. It was rather legendary!

  4. Oh I love this little cardigan…wonderful colour too. I have knitted quite a few of Georgie Nicolson’s patterns and have to admit to being daunted by the pages of instructions and sizes so you are definitely not alone. Once I have worked out which size it is I am looking for I have to mark the pattern all the way through. Once finished Georgie does create the most lovely designs…. Your little girl looks a treat in it too.

    I am so pleased to see your knitting here again and I hope that the Spring weather is bringing you happy days on which to step lightly forward.

    PS I have started to scour my enormous corriedale fleece having found the pink Handy Andy Original! It works I have to say…I think I may still be scouring this fleece in 20 years time it is so big and fluffy!

  5. Oh my goodness – this is the kid version of the adult Summer Festival Cardigan pattern, which I’m working on at the moment. I am deeply dubious about picking up along the raglan increases (I’m still mindlessly knitting the shoulders and back at the moment) but I’m trying not to think about it. If I can make something even a fraction as lovely as this, I’ll be happy.

    Your green yarn is gorgeous. I picked this pattern to use up some cherry red BWM that has been lurking in the stash for years, since I bought it at that funny habby shop in Heathcote.

  6. Hi
    I’m knitting summer festival and decided I’d knit it bottom up so have avoided all the complicated pattern notes including the different coloured texts. Love the green you’ve used.

  7. That looks wonderful. 5ply sounds interesting in terms of weight. I find DK too heavy and 4ply takes so long. I like the look of that cardigan though. You’ve done an excellent job and have inspired me to try that, or something similar, too.

  8. That is the perfect colour for that little sprite…it will suit her so beautifully. I am so glad to hear that it is resting where all clothes of little ladies seem to end up…my dear girl is not alone! x

  9. You did an excellent job. Your stitches are even and your cardigan body to sleeve link is attractive. I hope your daughter will treat it as the precious gift that it is, and wear it in good health. And you, I trust, are feeling better?

  10. Such a beautiful sweater for Dear Girl!! I’m happy you’re experiencing Spring as it’s a renewal and re-awakening. Perfect for your perseverance!! Wishes for continued improvement and Good Knitting and Spinning!

  11. Love the colour and the lace bits are perfect. Nice job. Yes, that is one way to assuage you conscience for buying yarn 🙂

  12. Such a lovely green cardi – so glad that you have been able to knit this through to the end. I have to say that I had a little chuckle about the present location of this lovely garment – I remember clothes I’d made getting similar treatment 🙂

  13. Congratulations on a beautiful finished project! It really is a vibrant color! I was a little saddened to read that following the instructions was a challenge for you, as I’m sure in your full health you could whip this out in a week or so. I hope you continue to get back to full steam – and thanks for plugging on posting!

  14. It’s beautiful Rebecca. Well done, it sounded like a challenge. It would be a monumental one for me! Lovely to hear your able to manage a little more and bit by bit your energy is returning. XX

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