Finished Yellow Brick Road Cardi
You may recall that quite some time ago, my friend, Sarah, sent me yarn from Hickory Hills Farm in Nelson, WI to knit something for her. The yarn was obviously wool, but came unlabeled and without any information, so I used the wraps per inch to figure out it was worsted weight yarn and weighed each skein to figure out the approximate yardage. Luckily, it was enough to make the Yellow Brick Road Cardi.
This pattern is written well in step-by-step instructions. I found the pattern to be well written and easy to follow. The author recently updated the pattern to include links to the necessary techniques. I don't know that it is great for a first knitting project, but if you feel up to mastering short rows, picking up sleeves, etc., go for it!
Sarah lives in Wisconsin where the winters are very cold, so I modified the pattern to extend the sleeves from 3/4 length to full length. I continued with the decreases in the same manner as the pattern for the top of the sleeve until there were 40 stitches on the needles, then I added the ribbing. I omitted the pleat in the sleeves because it wasn't needed with the full length sleeves. I like how it turned out and, because the wool in this yarn is heavy, it makes more sense to have full length sleeves.
On another note, Ihave a very difficult time finding buttons for my projects. Do you have a favorite supplier?