I’m a great believer in taking on something that frightens or challenges me, once in a while. Not all the time, because that would be plain exhausting. Most of my career, I’ve applied for jobs that have taken me out of my comfort zone. I tend to throw myself in and not take the easiest route.
Not that the challenges have to be big. Anything that acts as a tall enough hurdle counts.
It may not sound like a shop stopper, but, when it comes to knitting, picking up stitches down the centre of a cardigan to make a button band, has always been a hiccup. Actually picking up stitches full stop is enough to condemn a project to the work in progress pile for time out. I’m prone to procrastination and I know it.
This was exactly the fate of my pink leafy waistcoat. It was there for almost a year.
Good news is that I’ve conquered it. After knitting my corner to corner blanket, I am thankfully now a dab hand at picking up stitches. Nothing like a project to knock the nonsense into the far field. I was able to pick up the waistcoat again and fly up the buttonhole band, as if it had never been a problem.
I’m so pleased to have reached this stage. I was drawn to the leafy hem initially. I loved the zigzag edge. It proved tricky and I undid it several times. Once I had the hang of it, I knitted the hem for the two front panels and the back at the same time, before adding the length. Just in case I forgot how to do it in the meantime.
I still have the buttons to add and the waistcoat to block. The cuff of the waistcoat needs attention as it’s a bit wrinkly. I’m going to be patient and wait for the shops to open again for the buttons.
I think the waistcoat will look good over a summer dress and it may get an outing before the buttons have a chance to be sewn on.
Before I finish, I need to mention the pockets. Quite frankly, it’s amazing I’ve got this far without bringing them into the conversation. I love pockets. I’ve added plenty of pockets to jumpers when I’ve knitted for my children, but not for myself. A definite oversight and this project put it right. I like learning new construction techniques and this pattern had a slightly different method than I’ve used before, but pockets are pockets, and where would we put those odd little things that we need to carry around?
Please don’t answer.
Pattern: King Cole 4750 long version size 2
Yarn: King Cole Merino Blend DK colour Fuchsia