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Cosy Kinder at the Beach!

Ahoy there me hearties!

Sorry I couldn’t resist that greeting, its Chatterstitch here, back on the Minerva blog to tell you al about this lovely navy and white striped Ponte Roma Fabric, its such a great find.

Now I bought myself the book by @thatwendyward earlier in the year and I had been on the look out for a nice striped jersey to make up my first Kinder cardi. So, when this popped up on the Minerva website, I thought it would be perfect! The kinder is a great pattern which can be made up in three different lengths. A short waist length, a longer version which just skims the bottom and a longer one which would be past the knees. However, I decided that halfway between the two longer lengths would be perfect for this one.

When my fabric arrived from Minerva crafts I was not disappointed, and proceeded to wash it straight away. I laundered at 40 degrees and dried it over my clothes airer. It washed up so soft and dreamy to the touch.

I checked the width ways stretch and found it to be about 25% with good recovery, so perfect for my very first Kinder. I knew that it would withstand being stretched when I sat down in it and then spring back into its original shape.

So, I proceeded to cut out. Now, the back is cut on the fold so I carefully pinned the stripes together before cutting to ensure that my stripes would run straight across the back of my cardigan.

After that it was plain sailing, so to speak. It’s a really stable knit so very easy to work with even if you were a novice with stretch fabrics. It certainly behaved its self on the cutting mat (I used my rotary cutter and pattern weights on my self-healing mat) and it didn’t slip around at all. Even when I cut the back on the fold and cut both fronts together. It also sewed up with no trouble, when I used both my regular sewing machine and also my overlocker.

Now, I would say that I am roughly a size 14 to 16 in UK ready to wear and 5 feet 9 tall in old money. I cut the middle size (38-39 ¾) and there was easily enough with the 2m I had.

There are several design options with this pattern, not only the length of the cardigan but sleeve cuffs, contrast panels and pockets too! I do think if I were to make this again, I might like to vary the design slightly maybe by changing the direction of the stripes on the neck band to run vertically as an opposite to the classic horizontal of the body, or rotated on one or both of the pockets, don’t you just love those pockets? They are just so roomy, perfect for carrying all sorts of things, such as my mobile phone, car keys or change for a coffee!!

This is such a quick make, a real palette cleanser, and is so lovely snuggly and warm it was perfect for a day out at the beach, even for Yorkshire in January!

Thanks for reading,

Carol @chatterstitch

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