Esme Cardigan

I finally finished my Esme Cardigan!Esme Cardigan by Kim Hargreaves | Jem Weston blog

I’m not exactly sure when I started knitting it, but I do know that it was on both my make-nine-2018 and 2019 plans. It didn’t actually take too long but I knitted many other things throughout (including all the samples for Cosy Alpaca Knits!).

I’m thrilled with it. And yes… I do already have other teal cardigans! My Frankie cardie is more of a summer garment because I can’t get my winter coat over the sleeves. And I wasn’t wearing my Wave cardie – so I decided to let it go and Esme is the replacement.

Esme is knitted in Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace stranded together, which creates a beautifully light and fluffy fabric. The pattern is in Grace by Kim Hargreaves.

I knitted the smallest size, but added a bit of length (I have a long body) and I also blocked out the width a bit so that it’s not snug across the hips.

Esme Cardigan by Kim Hargreaves | Jem Weston blog

I decided that it would be unreasonable for this cardigan to be part of my make-nine for a third year! But it was a WIP so it means I’m sticking to my 2020 rule…

How are your 2020 knits going so far?

Kim Hargreaves Grace

This week saw the release of Kim Hargreaves new book Grace. Anyone who reads my blog regularly will know that I’m a huge fan of Kim and a lot of the garments I knit for myself are Kim’s designs – so I get rather excited when a new book arrives!

I recently wrote blogs about creating a capsule summer-knit wardrobe and capsule winter-knit wardrobe. Below are my favourite designs from Grace – but I’m going to be strict with myself and pick which to knit based on whether it will fit in with my capsule wardrobes!


This beautiful simple jumper knitted in Rowan Alpaca Merino DK would be the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe! But I didn’t put this on the capsule wardrobe list so perhaps it should go on the list for after I’ve completed my capsule knits. I wear more cardigans than jumpers so I think when I next knit a jumper I want it to be a super special fair-isle one.


This short cardie definitely passes the capsule wardrobe test! However – it’s knitted in Rowan Super Fine Merino 4ply and having just finished knitting Jamie in the Aran version of this yarn I quite fancy something different. I have a few 4-ply yarns in my stash so this would be a good opportunity for some stash-busting.


I love this cardigan! Pink isn’t my colour – but it does actually look lovely in these shades. It is knitted with Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace worked together and having knitted Captivate with this combination, I’m keen to knit with it again. The two yarns together were a pleasure to knit and after wearing the cardie quite a lot – it still looks new. A long cardie is on my capsule winter knits list…but I’ve just finished Jamie. Am I allowed two long winter cardies or should I tackle the rest of the list first?!


This little top is so pretty! It definitely doesn’t fit in with my capsule wardrobe knits…but just look how blooming lovely it is!

So which is your favourite? I don’t have much time for selfish knitting at the moment, but it would be lovely to have something new on the needles over Christmas…which should I knit first?