Sunday, June 7, 2009

Progress on the Botanica Medallion Cardigan

As you may know from my Blog Talk Radio Show, Fiber 'Tudes, I am tackling the Botanica Medallion Cardigan by Shiri Mor (featured in Vogue Knitting Spring/Summer 2009). Don't ask me why I thought this was a good idea. Sure, the pattern is gorgeous. The designer is amazing. BUT - a few things hit me as I started knitting this:
  1. I'm NOT too proficient in lace work. Sure I knit a lacey sock - but it was simple yo(s) and K2tog(s). - Nothing too fancy or challenging
  2. I've never knit a sweater. I was dazzled by the 2 piece construction of this cardi. Now, I'm terrified that I won't be able to sew it together properly.
  3. There are alot of different techniques in this pattern that I've never done before.. such as SK2P, Indian Cross Stitch, and seaming!
  4. I'm an advanced beginner and this project is a 3 on a 1-4 scale of difficulty (4 being the most difficult)
That's right - I'm ridiculously stupid for attempting this cardigan. But I will keep on trying.

During the medallion part, I dropped a stitch and messed up round 52 about 5 times. Thankfully, a very patient knitting friend of mine, Celeste, helped me figure it out and patiently tinked back my stitches 3 or 4 times. She's part knitting guru, part saint! After she helped me retrieve the dropped stitch and tink back sufficiently, I was able to knit past it and finish the medallion portion of the cardigan. The picture above is of the medallion blocking.

Now I have to start the outer band which, I'm sorry to say, looks much more scary than the medallion. Cross your fingers for me, knitsters.

If you're interested in joining us in the KAL, be sure to check out the KAL group we have on Ravelry!! And be sure to tune in to Fiber 'Tudes to hear all the details of Stacy's and my Botanica Medallion Cardigans!



  1. In order to advance your skills you need to challenge yourself, what I see you doing with the rate you are going is advancing your skills very quickly! Good for you! I think it looks beautiful! And, that red looks like a cherry tomato :)

  2. Your medallion cardi is looking fab. After this, I don't think you'd be an advanced beginner any longer. Keep up the great work. :)

  3. This is a tough sweater to tackle as your first. I thikn you're doing great!

  4. Wow, well for an advanced beginner you sure look like an expert to me - your cardi looks gorgeous so far! I agree that in order to advance your skills you need to challenge yourself. Just think how easy a lot of other patterns you attempt will become once you finish this! :)

  5. Good luck! Lots of skillz to learn, go for it!


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