Carbeth Cardi

Carbeth Cardigan by Kate Davies 


My knitting has been a bit hit and miss this year. I don’t think I’ve ever undone or unravelled so many things.

A few months back I had filled what I referred to in my head as ‘the basket of shame’!


There was a half finished Carbeth cardigan, a swatch for Kate’s #ezraglankal, some pieces of the fringeassociation KAL, a dolls jumper and a half finished improvised top.

It was really annoying me instead of inspiring me, so I wrote a list of the steps needed to finish each piece. I then made a plan to tick at least one thing off the list each day. (It could be as simple as knitting 5 rows).


It really helped me  – once I could see the bite sized steps, there was a satisfaction in ticking the steps off the list and getting closer to the finish line.

The Carbeth Cardi was one of the first things I finished – I made it using 2 strands of a dk weight acrylic. It’s very green! Not about to blend in easily, and I like it alot more than I thought I would!


I made a few changes… most obvious is the back neck where I added in short rows in garter stitch.


I felt like the wide neck was sitting too low and even if I added the wide collar it would still feel like it was slipping off my shoulders.


After finishing the sleeves I knew there wouldn’t be enough yarn for the collar so I finished off the neckline with a ribbed band and then added grey buttons.


Quite pleased with how it turned out and got to make a dent in the basket! Before I buy yarn for my next Carbeth, I plan to use up more of my yarn that was bought without a plan, so I’m searching on ravelry for quick little projects. All suggestions welcome!


6 thoughts on “Carbeth Cardi

  1. What a cheerful colour, Chris! I have left a lot of projects unfinished this year, too. I get inspired with an idea and then lose interest. I think it’s OK. I know sometimes I knit simply because I enjoy the activity, and I don’t always need an FO.

    I don’t know if you wear mittens at all but I love making cheerful mitts for friends. Sometimes at this time of year I knit a bunch of mittens to give to a church or charity. This year I have a fun pair in the queue for a good friend.

  2. Thanks Stephanie..I’ve only ever made baby mitts – I did save a purl bee mitten pattern saved a while back so I might give those a try!
    I started some things without putting much thought into it, I just wanted something to work on, and they were the ones that I unravelled. Even though I enjoy knitting for its own sake, I like having something to show for the effort too!

  3. It’s always a good feeling when you finish a lurking project – and that one looks lovely.
    Good luck working through your yarn stash. I have the same goal but it isn’t going too well…

  4. I love the colour and the design of the cardigan. I have just finished EZ’s wishbone sweater with (I think) the very same approach to the yoke. On the other hand I have quite a few unfinished projects that I have told myself I will complete over Christmas.

    • You know Kate, I hadn’t realised it…but you’re right it is the same as the wishbone sweater! I needn’t have bought that pattern – if I’d thought to make proper use of the EZ book I bought! Thanks for pointing that out. Christmas can be the perfect time for finishing off knits, I made my first pair of socks over Christmas, in between movies and eating my own weight in chocolate!

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