yikes! please ignore the messy kitchen.  🙂

pattern: Ester
yarn: Cascade 220 in plum
mods: alternated the cable pattern from the centre out to make it symmetrical
verdict: awesome!

After searching around on Ravelry, I noted that a lot of people had trouble with the sizing of this cardi, so even though my measurements would really have me knit a size small or even extra small, I knit a medium.  I wanted it to fit like the sample in Knitty than like a small shrug, and the designer ,who also modelled the sample in the pattern, looks to be about my size and she had knit a medium for herself.  I’m very glad I did: the fit is just what I wanted.
I haven’t steam blocked the collar yet, so it looks a little funky in the pictures at times.  I considered adding some short rows to add a little height to the shawl collar, and if I were to knit this a second time in a different colour I think I’d try that, just to see the difference.
I can’t find my big kilt pin, so I’m wearing it closed with a ceramic brooch I used to wear on my shawl for my highland dancing dress.  I’m spying out penannular brooches on Etsy, though: I think one will be perfect for closing Ester.
And I’m adoring the colour.  Turns out plum is a fabulous colour with my new green eyes.  (Yes, they’re newly green.  They changed colour from blue to green while I was pregnant.  Weird, no?)



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