I finally finished my Cockatoo Brae cardigan, just in time for the Edinburgh Yarn Festival. Kate Davies’ design was wonderful and Jamieson & Smith’s 2-ply jumper weight wool very easy to knit.
The most difficult thing in knitting the cardi was to decide on the colours. Whilst I knew I didn’t want the main colour to be grey, I didn’t know what colours I did want! Luckily, my tutor, Katy Birchall at the Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts machine knitting class at Abbeymount Techbase introduced me to keeping an art/design book at the beginning of the year.
Taking inspiration from Scottish seascapes and from the annual January exhibition of JMW Turner’s watercolours at the National Galleries Scotland in Edinburgh, I decided upon a teal blue body, with a paler blue yoke background and graded grey to mustard yellow to lemon yellow to off white fair isle pattern.
Luckily, this time I remembered to knit the yoke in a larger needle size to the main body. This has allowed the fair isle colour work to sit neatly beside the teal body.
Finally, I didn’t quite manage to knit the “short rows” as well as I would have liked. I tried to follow the pattern’s instructions but I failed! Luckily, it’s barely noticeable though this is definitely an area to improve upon!