This was the epic project for Christmas 2009, a cardigan for a very dear friend. This was the cardigan that required me to master a crochet picot cast-off. The pattern is called ‘Pearl’ and it’s by Debbie Bliss. It’s knitted from Paton’s Jet (70% wool, 30% angora). It was a bit of a challenge, but very satisfying. The front panels are knitted sideways on and the whole thing sewn up. This project did wonders for my sewing up skills – not least because I had to set the sleeves three times before I was happy with it. Then you knit a single cable to go right round the edge, so, probably about 2 metres long. You sew that on. Then you pick up 460 stitches. Yes, you pick up 460 stitches and then knit the ribbed edging in the round, before casting off with your crochet picot. Phew.
Here it is:
This is the famous picot edging…
Here are the cables:
And here is a picture of it on. It was very well received indeed, which is nice. I was incredibly nervous about handing it over! The light’s not very good and I’ve decapitated my friend for anonymity: