Miette Number Two

Since finishing my first Miette Cardiganย a little under a year ago it has been in heavy rotation in my wardrobe. It was an incredibly successful knit and very quickly I knew that I wanted to make another version of the pattern. Thank you to everybody that chipped in with an opinion of which colour yarn to use when I asked, I ended up choosing the “Flourite” colour.

Most of the cardigan was knit while I was on my holiday in Europe. I cast on while we were waiting to leave Melbourne Airport, and had got quite a lot done before we even got on the plane due to a 4 hour delay. I was impressed how much I was getting done and started worrying that I hadn’t packed enough yarn in my carry on bag, only to find that my stopping factor was that I had packed my extra cables in my checked luggage, so when I got to the point where you have to split for the armholes I was forced to stop.

I made some alterations to the pattern, based on my last version. The first alteration was to start the bust decreases about an inch lower than the pattern states, so that the ‘dart’ starts just below my bust, rather than higher up (similar to the principle you would have with darts on a sewn garment).

I also lengthened the cardigan by one pattern repeat This was so that it would finish slightly below the waist rather than right on it, allowing me to wear the cardigan with skirts that sit on the waist without getting a gap between the top of the skirt and the bottom of the cardigan.

However, as this would mean that the ribbing would sit below my waist, and as the ribbing was quite tight on my first version, I added some increases in at the side to bring the lacework around the bottom of the cardigan and the ribbing up to the next size in the pattern so that it wouldn’t ride up or be too tight. These increases aren’t ideal as they actually start slightly above my waist, but that was necessary to get them in before the lace and ribbing started, as I didn’t know how to do the increases once I got to that point.

The last change that I made to the pattern was to lengthen the sleeves to be full length rather than 3/4, as I thought that this change would make the cardigan more wearable as it would be that little bit warmer. To do this I just kept knitting, and trying it on intermittently kept decreasing the sleeve as I thought I needed it, making sure that I ended up with a number of stitches that worked with the lace repeat.

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again; this pattern is really well written and it yields a fantastic cardigan! I really want to knit some more of Andi’s patterns, the problem comes with choosing one! Have you seen her newest pattern, the Hetty, it’s just as gorgeous as all the rest, making the decision even harder.

Anyway, now I have stopped cheating on my Parcel Sweater with this Miette, I need to get that finished too! So much for getting it finished before winter is over. I don’t think I’m cut out for having more than one knit on the go at a time… but then I think I used to say that about sewing too…

 

19 Comments

  1. poppykettle

    Looks great Rach!! Definitely a good colour for you ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Johanna

    It's beautiful, well done! I reckon your mods are spot on. Lovely knit!

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  3. Amanda

    This looks all kinds of rad! Fab work as always, lovely lady! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. Sabs

    That looks bloody brilliant Rachel! I really like the changes you've made, makes it way more wearable for more of the year. Fantastic work and fab colour!

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    1. AlmondRock

      That colour looks gorgeous on you! Another lovely Miette ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Scared Stitchless

    This is gorgeous, and you're very photogenic lady.
    Happy cardy wearing!

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  6. Judith

    I think the changes that you added to this version just nailed the perfect little cardi for you! Love the look, and the colour…J

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  7. toffle

    Love this colour and cardigan! Can totally understand the parcel distraction…started mine in 2011? Have not finished the top bit of the front…. Really should make the effort one day ;P

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  8. Gail

    That's so pretty! This teal color looks fantastic on you too!

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  9. The Long & Winding Bobbin

    So great! A gorgeous colour on you…
    I love all of her patterns on ravelry, a bit sad that winter is ending ๐Ÿ™

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  10. sarahp

    Stunning! Your knitting is always so impressive ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Julia Bobbin

    It looks amazing! Seriously! The changes you made are just perfect and the fit looks spot on! I really like the finish of the cotton yarn too; it's a really nice texture. Makes the cardigan look less lumpy. Well done!

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  12. Amy

    It's gorgeous! I love the color, and the fit is perfect. I'm super jealous of your knitting talents.

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  13. Kat

    I love the colour you chose! It looks great on you. I really want to make Miette. I have yarn for this and also chuck but I haven't made any progress on either of them.

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  14. BusyLizzie

    I love the colour you went with and that yarn is great for showing off the pattern, it has great definition. You'll have to take me to Morris & Son next time I'm down your way!

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  15. Tanya

    gorgeous colour – I just bought some yarn in that colour!

    the stitch definition is lovely!

    I'm going to try Andi's A-Z next, the pockets are just gorg!

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  16. elenaknits

    Miette is a nice cardigan. I made mine last month and I've been wearing it a lot. I should definitely make another one like you did ๐Ÿ™‚

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  17. Meagan

    Gorgeous Rachel. You do a beautiful job with your needles.I have a knit in the same colour, a bamboo cotton. I only wear it in summer and autumn. Will have to fish it out for spring. Thanks for the inspiration

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  18. Samantha Kimble

    Wow it is really flattering. Can see why you would want to wear it often. Great fit.

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