Paintbox Yarns Wool Mix Aran
Vanilla Cream (807)
based on 70 reviews over the last year
The wool knitted up very well and looks good now that it is finished. Ready for a Christmas present for one of my grand-children.
I purchased 'Smokestack Cardigan' Knitting Pattern advertised for Aran Wool, but its actually Worsted weight wool when received. Because of this, I tested out the pattern tensions etc. as I wanted to be sure of sizing. The pattern is American, so many of the terms are American, however the designer has their own weird and unique abbreviations too. Obvious errors in the pattern include: 1. Needle sizes recommended are used for double knitting wool, not Aran normally. 2. Tension and stitch numbers do not allow for cabling - so the sizing are out by a factor of 4-5 inches - as the sizing has been worked out on the stocking stitch tension. 3. Details of the pattern for sizes 'L, XL & XXL' are scant - so you have to work them out for yourself. 4. The cable diagram is poor with the font used 4-6 point size text - you need a magnifying glass to read! 5. The cable diagram starts on a reverse side, so reads 1st row - left to right, which is also weird. I have 40 years of knitting experience and this is the worse written pattern i have ever used. Fortunately I have enough experience to rewrite and sort out sizing - but I shouldn't have to do this and it has taken the joy out of knitting this cardigan. I would definitely not recommend this pattern.
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