Moss Fern Cardigan

I’ve finally finished the Moss Fern Cardigan! This project has been hanging around for ages. Way back in 2014 I purchased the yarn, Jarol Sweet Briar Chunky, in colourway jade, on a trip to Norwich. I’d intended to knit the Bulky Brioche Raglan with it, but about six months after the trip I discovered I was pregnant, which changed my knitting plans somewhat. And it sat in my stash. In February last year I finally cast on that project, having joined a KAL to finish off WIPs and other long forgotten projects. I quickly discovered that I really don’t get on with brioche stitch! So, just over a year ago I found a different pattern that was suitable for this yarn and cast that on instead.

It’s a really long cardigan, but, because it’s chunky, quite quick to knit. The body didn’t take me long at all, but then I ran out of umph and the right size DPNs when it came to the sleeves and had other projects on my needles by then which I needed to finish as they were intended to be presents. So the cardigan languished in the WIPs pile for a while. I finally found some umph from somewhere and got it finished. The sleeves, after all that, were quite quick to do. The collar took several weeks, necessitating picking up 114 stitches and then working double moss stitch for several inches.

It’s a really fun knit (apart from the collar!). There’s enough stitch pattern to make it interesting, but still plenty of garter stitch which makes it move quickly. Although the yarn is lightweight, the moss stitch borders give it some weight so it hangs OK (I was a bit worried about this as it would be heavier if it were knitted in wool). The collar isn’t quite as deep as it’s meant to be as I didn’t have enough yarn for the final inch.

I’m really pleased with the finished item – even though it’s taken me 5.5 years to get this far! Of course, it was intended as a useful cardigan to keep me warm at work, and I have no idea now when I’ll next physically be in the building at work!

It used up nearly six skeins of yarn – 881 metres. That means I’ve used up 1838 metres of yarn so far this year and acquired 1921 metres, so only 83 metres more than I’ve used. Will this be the year when I do more knitting than acquire stash?!

Are there any projects you’ve finished after they’ve been hanging around for several years?

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