Lilac by Kim Hargreaves (my wedding cardigan!)

Well it was only seven months late for the wedding… but I finally finished my cardigan!

It still doesn’t have buttons… I did buy some, but they’re a bit weddingy. I’d like some simple mother of pearl ones but haven’t found the right thing yet. It doesn’t have buttonholes anyway as you put the buttons through the eyelets so I think it looks okay without.

It’s really nice having a cardigan in this colour! It feels really summery and goes with everything. As it’s cotton – I can always dye it if it starts to look grubby (which it inevitably will).

It fits really nicely and the length is great with most of my summery clothes – but I think I was right that it wouldn’t have worked with the shape of my wedding top. Good job we had a heatwave last year!

It was a a pain in the bum to knit, but I think it was worth it. It’s knitted on 2.25mm & 2.75mm needles so I decided to use metal needles… and confirmed that tiny metal needles and cotton yarn with no stretch are a very bad combination if you have wrist/hand/elbow pain!

The pattern is Lilac from Breeze by Kim Hargreaves and I knitted it in Rowan Summerlite 4ply. The book is now out of print – but there is a similar cardigan (Tally) in her more recent book Sway.

I have some gorgeous coral Summerlite 4ply and really want to knit Tally as well… but I definitely need to pace myself with tiny needle/lace pattern/cotton knitting!

Wedding Cardigan

Quite a few of you have been asking whether I finished my wedding cardigan in time and whether I wore it while we were on honeymoon. The answer to both of those questions is unfortunately no!

Kim Hargreaves Lilac cardigan from Breeze

When I put a post on Instagram saying that I was admitting defeat, a very kind follower emailed me and offered to post me her version of the cardigan from Denmark to borrow for the the day… knitters are just so lovely!

I admitted defeat partly because it would’ve meant a lot of late nights running up to the wedding in order to get it finished, partly because I wasn’t expecting to need it as the weather had been so warm… but largely because it didn’t actually look good with my wedding top. So I turned down the kind offer of a loan and decided to just go without.

Jem Weston - wedding cardigan. Lilac by Kim Hargreaves from Breeze

I knew how the cardigan would turn out, and I had a picture in my mind of the top. But as I mentioned in my wedding top blog… it had evolved over time! I was happy with the shape and fit of the top, but it wasn’t exactly how I’d planned it. It was more fitted and the neckline sat higher than I intended – and it was the neckline that looked odd with the cardigan.

I finished the top two weeks before the wedding and at that point I had finished the main body of the cardigan, joined the shoulder seams (with three needle cast off), knitted the neck edge and blocked the main body (minus sleeves) – so I could try it on with the top and skirt.

The general fit was nice and the fancy edging sat in the right place on the waist of the skirt/top, but the neckline of the cardigan sat below that of the top and looked odd. I also wasn’t keen on the combination of the beading on the top and the lace of the cardigan. It was all a bit too fancy for me! Again – the beading was something that had evolved as I made the top… if I’d had an exact plan for the top then I probably would’ve chosen a different pattern for the cardigan.

I don’t mind that I didn’t get it finished for the wedding or even for the honeymoon. We had ten days in Cumbria and I was definitely sensing early Autumn. I only have the sleeve heads left to knit so I could’ve easily finished it while we were away… but I was desperate to cast on something a bit more woolly (and a lot more teal!).

I’ve got plans to sew some new dresses and skirts for next summer and my wedding cardigan will be perfect with them. Can I still call it a wedding cardigan?!

I’m planning to finish knitting the sleeves and then put it into hibernation to sew up next Spring. I love sewing up so it’ll be lovely to have all the pieces ready to join!