Annabelle is done!
And here she is hanging out in the garden...literally.
I absolutely love it and I hope granddaughter Lucy does, too. Let's take her inside and examine things more closely.
Here's her back side (whoops!)
And check out this cute ribbon I got for backing the button band. The little fox and deer are especially adorable! It'll be like Lucy's little secret.
The detail on the center of the sleeve...
...and a closeup of the effect of the short-row sleeve caps. It makes a little ditch and I had to tighten up the stitches a bit along there. It usually shows up closer to the stitch pickup, but I worked one row before starting the short rows to be sure of setting up the stitch pattern along the center. The best thing was that I did not have to sew the sleeves into the armhole and there were very few ends to weave in.
I also love that only the edges are worked in seed stitch instead of also having whole sections of it. Everyone knows it takes longer to work seed stitch than Stockinette--I'll bet I shaved hours off this project just with that one change. This yarn blocked up very nicely, giving me a sweet, soft, machine-washable cardi for Emily to wrap Lucy in when fall comes.
I'm so glad I took the time to improve this pattern. Now I'm off to edit the pattern by adding all the changes: Sleeve cap change, seed stitch to Stockinette stitch changes in spots, and more length added to the body.
The new version should be ready by early next week and I'll let you know when it's up for purchase.
Maybe you have a little girl who would like an Annabelle Cardigan?