Well, clearly the leaves won. I had a feeling they might, so I cast on for Sirdar 9428 last Thursday evening and, thanks to a couple of very long tennis matches, had the back done by Sunday evening. I think if I hadn’t had such engrossing viewing, I would have died from stocking stitch-induced boredom!
But now I’m on to the good bit with the leaves. It’s such a lovely pattern to knit. You know sometimes there are patterns that are quite fiddlesome to knit, but are still lots of fun and you don’t actually mind if it doesn’t end for a bit? Eriskay was like that and these leaves are just the same. The only cabling is the twisted cables at each end of the leaf panel. The travelling stitches are made by decreasing and increasing. The leaves pouf out for a three dimensional look, and I can’t stop patting them as they emerge after each pattern repeat.
One thing I particularly love about the pattern is that the leaf panels are mirrored. When I knitted Sirdar 1236 I rewrote the pattern myself to mirror the panels, and I am pleased that whomever designed this pattern did the same
and saved me a job.
I am knitting the sleeveless version of the pattern to save time, which it appears I have a lot of as there’s only the remainder of the right front to knit before I have the button bands, collar and sleeve ribbings to add. I’ll seam the sides and knit the armholes in the round because that’s just what I do. I will have another cardigan for my holidays!