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The difference a year makes

October 27, 2015 2 Comments by Heidi
Puerperium Cardigan

Puerperium Cardigan pattern by Kelly Brooker

As I work on this wee cardigan, I stopped every so often to admire it. IT’S SO TINY!! And CUTE! I can’t wait to cuddle the little one that’s meant to go in it and it’s mum. The pattern is Puerperium by Kelly Brooker.

I’m also amazed. This time last year, I could not purl with consistency so my tension was all over the shop. The method I was using aggravated my cyst and made knitting very painful after only a short time. Needless to say projects were abandoned and not much got started.

Then Edinburgh Yarn Fest came along. There were a mighty amount of classes that I wanted to take many that aimed at confident knitters. I was not one of those at that point. So I signed myself up to a beginner sock class and set myself a mission; find a way to purl that suited me and I found one. Some call it Norwegian purling and it looks a bit faffy but once you get the hang of it, you fly along.

Once I got the hang of it I didn’t look back and I no longer look at patterns and think I can’t. It may take a little extra time, thought and a few questions, but I most definitely can and I bet you can too.

I am a confident knitter! Now I’m off to pick classes at EYF next year.

x H


  1. travelknitter
    5 years ago

    Yep, that’s very cute! Definitely the sort of project that requires frequent stops to admire.

    There is a place in my heart for that pattern. I started one a couple of years ago. For some reason I wasn’t happy with its beginnings (maybe I didn’t like the cast-on) so I ripped back a few times and re-started it at knit night. Knitting knitting knitting. All good. Then I got to the stage of dividing for the arms… discovered that I’d got carried away with the new cast-on, and had actually knit sections three arms! Ha! The baby was about to be born so I gave up and whipped up some booties, but I’ve still got that three-armed yoke in a cupboard just because it makes me giggle.


    • Heidi
      5 years ago

      😀 I had a similar situation with the little sister dress when first getting to grips with the magic loop method.


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