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I finished my Guinevere cardigan over the weekend.  (Here's my Ravelry link.)

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I complained about this cardigan. . . as I was knitting it.  In fact, I complained rather a lot.  It turned out nicely.  I loved the yarn (Queensland Collection Haze).  It's easy to wear.  But, oh my!  The pattern was a mess.

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The first lace chart was really goofy -- and turned out to be in error.  There are several annoying glitches and inconsistencies within the directions.  The front decreases for the arm and neckline are charted -- without the option of following complete written directions instead (and we're not talking about anything tricky going on here).  I was able to work through the pattern issues without any problems. . . but that's because I've knit lots of sweaters already.  If this had been one of my first sweater projects, I'd have had some serious problems!

Mostly, I just got grumpy with this knit . . . because I paid $7 for the pattern. . . and it was full of mistakes and errors.  I have a sneaking suspicion that maybe this designer didn't use test knitters?

Another little grump -- in the pattern description, the designer says that "very little finishing is required."  To this I must simply say. . . bullshit.  The sweater is knit in 5 flat pieces -- a back, 2 fronts, and 2 sleeves.  Standard seaming is required.  Futzy standard seaming!  Because you're matching up a ribbed lace pattern, a regular lace pattern, AND setting in cap sleeves knit in 1x1 ribbing.  There may not be any stitches to pick up. . . but there is far more than "very little" finishing required.

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I actually did even MORE finishing.  The fronts rolled so persistently (despite two good blockings), that I hand-stitched some ribbon to the inside of both fronts.  This really helped with the rolling problem, and gives the sweater some welcome structure.

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The pattern calls for snaps (with buttons sewn over the top) for the closure.  I'm not a big fan of snaps, so I tried something different -- crocheted button loops.  (Jury's still out on this . . .)

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Oh well. . . it's finished.  Maybe I'll even get over my grumpiness and start liking this sweater . . . eventually.  In the meantime, I can let it go.  Because. . . like the song says. . . I shall be free!

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