1950s · Knitting

Flightless Bird, American Mouth

I’ve been putting off writing this post for a long time.  But a friend recently asked me what I thought about her trying one of these patterns for her first knitted garment, and I realised it was time I told the truth. But before I do, a rather large disclaimer: the issues you are about to read are entirely my fault, and have nothing to do with the design, nor the designer. You just have to look at all the successful projects on social media to see that the fault is me.

So.  I want to talk to you about the glorious Andi Satterlund, and my complete inability to successfully knit one of her patterns.

I’m assuming you all know who Andi is, and how perfect her garments are.  They are seamless in their construction, have a feminine vintage aesthetic and as a result have my name written all over them. I’ve got four of Andi’s patterns in my collection, but only one successful garment in my wardrobe.

I started a couple of years ago with Andi’s A to Z sweater. I’d show you a photo, but all photographic evidence of my incompetence has been destroyed.  I next tried my hand at the gorgeous Miette, which made my heart flutter every time I saw one on social media. I cast on one summer – a gorgeous jade green.  It took me a couple of attempts, but this is what was cast off the needles.

Andi Miette 1

Now those of you who have successfully knit a Miette will be looking at me like I’m an idiot, and will point out the waist increases which are not in Andi’s pattern. I know. I don’t know what I was thinking either. And then there’s the button band, as pictured below.  You wouldn’t think I’d been knitting for 20+ years, would you?

Andi Miette 3

I just wasn’t happy with the way this fit me. It hung all wrong, and was banished to the back of the cardigan cupboard. It’s never been worn, never seen the outside world.

At the end of last year, Andi held a Salal KAL.  I love a KAL, especially if they involve real life knit-a-longing. So I bought the pattern, dug out the yarn, and cast on.

Never never never have I been so frustated with a pattern.  I had to consult social media almost at every row, because the pattern just did not make sense. I would eventually leap over one hurdle, only to find another in my path.  This cardigan aged me Lovelies. I pushed on, kept going, determined not to let a cardigan beat me. But I’m afraid it did.

Andi Red Salal 1a

One front looks wider than the other, one front is higher than the other, the lace yoke pattern is not symmetrical, and to cap it off, the sleeves and the button bands are knit on smaller needles and a different dye lot.

I decided to try again, this time in my beloved jade cotton.


Clearly my brain was not with me, because my armhole length is usually 9-10 inches, not the 12 shown here.

It was at this point I gave up.  I clearly do not have the Andi Satterlund gene, which makes me sad because I’d love a wardrobe full of her cardigans. What a I doing wrong Lovelies, (apart from not concentrating on my armhole length, and making waist increases when I shouldn’t be?) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Andi’s designs, and want to have them in my wardrobe.  But they just get the better of me.

F for Fail, F for Frogging.



One thought on “Flightless Bird, American Mouth

  1. Looking at the red cardi, my guess is that the yarn doesn’t have a balanced twist so that the stitches slant and therefore the garment pieces aren’t symmetrical. The gauge may be a little loose for the yarn, too, so the fabric is too floppy for the design. How disappointing! It looks like a lovely design.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s