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Aredhel / DROPS 172-46

I finished my first cardigan! This used 9 skeins of the DROPS Andes yarn. They recommended 1100 grams (11 balls) but it ended up being too much for a small. I think it was written into the pattern for mistakes, but if you’re pretty careful I wouldn’t get more than 10 balls for a small.

You can get the pattern for free from GarnStudio.com and they also have a section filled with videos to show you the different techniques you’ll need for the pattern. I found them super helpful. They do use a different technique when wrapping the yarn on the needle, but if you understand the process it shouldn’t mess you up too badly.

I did make my sleeves slightly shorter since I’m more petite, and I used huge buttons instead of the regular large. I bound three stitches for buttonholes instead of two so the button would fit through. And I also noticed at the end the arm holes did not perfectly fit into the 40 stitches of the sleeves. I sewed it to fit, but with more patterns I’ll learn if that’s normal or not…

To insure that I made each side exactly the same, I took row by row notes on a notepad so I made sure to purl in the same row number or knit. It was a helpful thing to do since measuring cm or in can be a little off since the material is stretchy. Can’t wait to wear it!

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#WIP – Aredhel / DROPS 172-46

Here’s my work in progress so far for the Aredhel cardigan.

I always have a hard time unraveling work I’ve done if there are mistakes because like any newb, dang we spent a lot of time on this! J always makes me unravel the mistake though, and in the end I appreciate it, because then it looks perfect. 😍 But it’s also kind of like life, I mean you’ll never get the time back, but to be able to fix your mistakes, make it right again, is something so human and beautiful. Can’t wait until this is done!

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DROPS Design

Scroll through the gallery to take a peek!

I’ve been kinda obsessed with alpaca of late, can you tell? ☺️ These lovely skeins of yarn come from Garn Studio’s DROPS Design (shipped by Nordic Mart based in San Luis Obispo, California). They were having a 30% off alpaca party during the holidays and I couldn’t resist. I picked up the Andes (size E yarn) and Nepal (size C yarn). Although the sizes are different the content is the same, 65% wool and 35% alpaca. These colors looked so beautiful online and getting them in person was even better. I guess you can say that about any yarn mail I get though… They were the perfect shades of off white/grey I was looking for, although, please keep in mind that computer monitors can vary in display color.

I really liked this company mostly for their vast array of free patterns! I was so surprised when they mailed me three books of patterns with my order. It was really nice to have the patterns in print and online available for me so I could take them with me without needing to open my phone or computer. Plus it definitely gets me excited to order more yarn and get cracking on some of these… Marketing is working on poor me. 😂

Of these three colors I’ll be making (or attempt to make) three sweaters. Two for me, one for J. It’s actually been a really long time since I’ve picked up knitting needles, the first pair I borrowed from my mother as a pre-teen. For the patterns to work with the yarn, I went ahead and picked up the recommended sizes along with the types so I could accomplish it without needing to convert (since I’m such an amateur). If you’re in my shoes, don’t fret. Be ambitious. Just like the WAK company, DROPS has videos on the pattern pages to help you get started. (SO HELPFUL these videos… Yay for 2017 and videos.)

I’ll post up my WIPs and which patterns I’m working on, as well as the finished projects soon!