Project: Royal Cardigan Finished

After countless hours and hundreds of thousands of stitches, I am finally finished with the cardigan I began…in October. I guess I never realized how long it takes to knit a sweater - much longer than a hat or mittens. 

I thought it’d be interesting to show the process of knitting the cardigan, the first of which is knitting the separate pieces. I had to knit five separate parts, and after I finished knitting them, they had to be blocked. Most of the time, knitted pieces will curl and twist because of the yarn. The way to fix that is to block the pieces by making them damp with water and pinning them to the correct dimensions, which you see in the picture below. I pinned these pieces out on my bedroom floor over break and let them dry for about 24 hours. 

After the pieces were dry, I began to stitch them together by hand, which took about 6 hours. It took almost all of my Friday afternoon and evening to get the sweater sewn together. But even then I wasn’t done. Below is the picture of knitting the button band, the buttonhole band, and the collar, which took another 5 hours. I had to pick up stitches directly on the fronts of the cardigan, and the stitches had to be even so that the sweater wouldn’t bunch. After that, I sewed on the buttons and sewed in all of the yarn ends. I officially finished it on Saturday night around 11.

So here is a picture of the finished product! It is more of a lightweight wool, but it is still warm beyond words. I love the feeling of wearing something that I spent tons of hours on; I feel so proud!

Check back tomorrow to see how I style the sweater. I can’t wait for you to see the finished product on me!