I'm just über glad that Manu fits as well as it does, cause while knitting up the short rows I had tried on the cardie out of curiosity and had thought that it was a bit big and was wishing for a while there that I had made the XXS size instead. I was also a little worried about the length, thinking I had made it too short for my liking. In hindsight, I think I should have made it slightly shorter since alpaca is such a smooth and slippery fibre and tends to droop over time. I'm really hoping that it won't stretch too much in length though!
Anyways, back to Manu. For me, the most intimidating thing about knitting this cardie? The pleats. I've never knitted them before and had no idea how they were done. Who knew that after knitting 24 of them that I would love knitting pleats? I would so knit this cardigan again just so that I could knit pleats again. They are that much fun and so bloody easy! I actually went on a quest to find patterns that have pleats in them, I am that obsessed with them! I would like to note though, that if I were to knit this again I would totally omit the purl row after knitting the pleats so that the pleats would look like they were coming straight out from the collar. You can't really tell in the photo, but to me the pleats look a little flattened next to the garter stitch. I'm totally being picky here but it doesn't make me love this project or this pattern any less.
Another thing that gave me sheer satisfaction? The i-cord edging. I didn't even mind having to pick up all those stitches around the entire cardigan edge. I knew that the fun of doing an i-cord bind off was right around the corner. I think I need to get out more!
I definitely plan on knitting this pattern again. I don't know when, since I have a ton of other things in my queue that I would love to knit up, but I would love to have this cardigan in pink and in a neutral colour...like a beige-y grey. Hmm...I might have to stash dive and see what I have and just cast one on, and then work on it whenever I feel like doing some boring stockinette. Or when I'm watching a movie and need something mindless to work on. The wheels are definitely in motion for that idea...
Let me also say that this cardigan knit up relatively quickly due to the fact that I was using my Knit Picks Interchangeable circulars set. I don't think I could've knit this project without it. At one point I had about 4 cables going on, all holding onto live stitches. I've most likely said it before, but I'll say it again: buying that Knit Picks needle set is THE best investment I have ever made for my knitting. I know a lot of knitters out there swear by Addis, and trust me, I love Addis as much as the next person but for the price point and quality, the KP set is the best. Pants down.
I also have to say that I'm quite impressed with the yarn I used to. It's also from Knit Picks. It's the City Tweed in the DK weight, which I have never used before. I have mixed feelings about KP yarns, as some of the ones I have used in the past have not held up well to wear. Or to regular handling during the knitting process. But the DK City Tweed was nothing but awesome. Even after a wash and blocking it came out looking even better! I also like how it doesn't halo too much, but just enough that it gives it a feeling of luxury...even though it only cost me about $40 for the entire project! I'll definitely use this yarn again and will probably stock up the next time I need to order something from KP. Which will not be the upcoming group order that the Bitchy Bees are doing. Oh no, I'm going to try out the new Capra yarn. Can we say cashmere? Hmm...maybe I should knit a Manu in Capra...
Pattern: Manu by Kate Davies
Yarn: Knit Picks City Tweed DK, 9.5 balls
Needles: Knit Picks Interchangeable Harmony Wood in US 4 (3.5mm), US 5 (3.75mm), and US 7 (4.5mm)