Few days ago I finished this lovely cardigan for G. It was a test knit of the newest design by talented Nadia. Some of you already know that I'm a fan of her designs. This one is my new favourite.
Little Ancolie by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne.
Fantastic design, great pattern that gives beautiful result. I loved working on this sweet spring/summer cardigan. It fits Gaia perfectly and she loves it. It’s very girly and the picot edging is a cute detail. The pattern itself is nicely presented; the instructions are well written and easy to follow, the charts are clear and easily memorable. I hope to see many Little Ancolies popping out this spring and summer!
For this project I used Malabrigo Arroyo in English Rose (Gaia’s choice). I knit with this yarn for the very first time and I don’t know what to think of it. There are many Arroyo enthusiasts out there but I’m not one of them. After reading quite good reviews about Arroyo I had quite high expectations about it, I guess. The colour variegation is very pretty but the yarn itself didn’t win my heart. It felt a bit squeaky on the needles and I have a feeling it will pill terribly. Plus, there were several knots in each skein, a rather big disappointment if you ask me. But then again: it’s not very expensive if you think of its yardage, so maybe you shouldn’t expect too much from it. I’m not sure if I will use it again.
Note to myself: You know how you buy few skeins of hand-dyed, variegated yarn and the label suggests to alternate skeins every few rows while knitting for the best result, and you think: “Meh, maybe I’ll get lucky”? Well, think twice because chances are you won’t get lucky. Don’t be lazy and alternate the skeins. I didn’t and I can see a difference between the sleeves and the rest of the body. Not a big difference but it is there and I can see it.
More photos on my Ravelry project page, here.