A year in the making



You guys, Grace is finished! I’ll admit that I was starting to wonder if it was even possible to finish this cardigan, but then last weekend I just decided to ignore the lovely weather, buckle down, and get it done. I am so pleased I did!

I even made my arbitrary deadline, finishing on May 31 so Grace the WIP didn’t turn 1. I was pretty sure that, after looking at this cardigan fondly for a day or two, I’d be forced to put it away for the summer, but the weather took a little turn this week and I think it’s the first time in my life I’ve been happy about cool weather in June. I’ve worn Grace a few times (and soon really will have to put it away until fall) and I’m pleased to say this cardigan was more than worth waiting for.


The thing about starting a cardigan one year and then not picking it up again for 10 months is that a lot of things can change in that time. Obviously your body size is one thing, but so are gauge and wardrobe requirements, so there’s no guarantee of a good outcome. I am really pleased with how this fits, though, and being a lightweight and colourful cardigan is basically a recipe for a wardrobe staple as far as I’m concerned.


Grace is designed to be a sort of casual-fitted cardigan, which can be a tough blend to pull off. I really like the way this hangs when worn open – without too much fabric hanging down the front – and that it buttons up nicely when I want a little extra warmth. I knit the sleeves shorter than written because years of wearing shirts with too-short sleeves have made hand-grazing cuffs feel weird. I mostly just push up my sleeves anyhow, but I like to be able to wear them full-length (which is bracelet length for me) under a jacket or if it’s a little chilly. The pattern doesn’t specify a bind-off, but I used a tubular bind-off at the sleeves for a more polished look. (I used Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off at the hem because I was worried about yardage and didn’t want to risk it. I think it looks fine.)


As I mentioned before, I used Quince & Co. Finch for this. It was my first time using Finch and I am a definite fan. The yarn isn’t superwash, so it has a slightly woolly texture, which makes for a really nice even fabric and great lace definition. It’s also perfect for spit-felting, which meant I had very few ends to weave in when I finished. I’m already planning another fingering-weight cardigan (which hopefully will not take a year from start to finish) and you can bet I’m going to be ordering Finch for it (more skeins this time – I don’t want to push my luck).

Pattern: Grace by Jane Richmond
Yarn: Quince & Co. Finch in Nasturtium
Needles: 4mm
Notes: I feel like I’ve written so much about this that I don’t have much more to say. My mods were small and didn’t really change anything about the overall cardigan. I ignored her numbers when picking up for the button bands and collar and more-or-less picked up 3 stitches for every 4 rows in the stockinette portion and then 2 stitches for every 3 rows in the lace portion, so it had more room to stretch. That meant I picked up more stitches, so I added an extra button to compensate. My Grace is Ravelled here, and there are lots of notes.


I don’t know why I look so skeptical here.


18 thoughts on “A year in the making

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Definitely don’t let my extended knitting time fool you – this cardigan was a great knit. The only thing that has given people trouble is the lace charts, which Jane Richmond just re-released (the dat after I finished!). I also read a lot about tight sleeves, so I picked up extra stitches there. Other than that, the knitting was a breeze and the finished cardigan is very easy to wear. I definitely recommend it!

  1. Andrea

    Awesome! I love the way it turned out and it looks great on you. To be honest, I prefer the sleeve length you chose over my full length. Also, is that a me-made Scout Tee under your Grace? My Grace sits semi-abandoned, waiting for a button band, but with my moving I have no had the energy to pick it up again. Also, my back is giving me no end of grief and knitting while on your back is not very practical (ha!) so I think it will have to wait until we are organized and I have given my back a good rest. Here’s hoping it turns out half as good as yours!

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Yours is going to be gorgeous! You chose such a great colour, and the button bands won’t take you too long once you decide to tackle them.

      My top is indeed me-made! It’s a Wiksten Tank – the first one I made, actually, and the one that fits the best. I altered it on the fly and didn’t make any notes, but despite its slightly wonky hem and shoddy finishing, I wear it all the time.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Thank you! I am really glad you pushed me to get it done – what was I ever thinking letting it languish for so long?

      I don’t have any specific patterns in mind, though I do have both Glenna C.’s Empire Ave cardigan and Jane Richmond’s Georgia, so they’re both possibilities. I tend to get bored knitting endless stockinette, but am unlikely to pull out a super-detailed cardigan on a daily basis, so there’s a fine line between what will be enjoyable to knit and practical to wear. I’m thinking dark green or blue, though, so that would balance out lots of details I think.

  2. Julia M.

    This is awesome. The colour really looks great on you.

    I love how the two of your are taking the pictures – you always look so happy and realxed and comfortable in front of a camera!

    This may sound stupid, but … Do you have any tipps to gain confidence? Because I always feel really, really weird and I don’t like myself on photos at.all. I always think I look weird, my smile looks like I was on dr*gs … Stuff like that. :/ Even if I looked in the mirror two minutes before and liked myself.

    1. Angela Hickman Post author

      Thank you, Julia! I’m really happy with it.

      As for photos, I’m not sure. Trust me when I say there are a lot of photos that never make it on the blog 🙂 This little photo shoot went really well for a few reasons I think. I wore this exact outfit to the farmer’s market earlier in the day, so I’d already been wearing it and felt comfortable (as opposed to getting dressed up for photos and then feeling self-conscious). It was also a gorgeous day, and we were going to a music festival later, so we were both in a great mood, which meant L was very patient when I asked him to take the same photos a bunch of times from different angles and in different lighting. Mostly, though, I think the key is that L just takes a ton of photos without letting me wait to pose. That way there are a mix of candid and posed shots to choose from, and often the candid ones are the best.

      I’d say the best thing is just to do it more, and then you’ll get more comfortable, even if for the first little while you don’t actually use any of the photos you take (there have been lots of times when I didn’t like any, so I just didn’t use them). Is that helpful?

  3. Andi

    Beautiful FO! Sometimes there are knits that are worth the wait, and this seems to be one of those knits. You are seriously rocking that color, looks stunning on you.

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