I started this pattern of cardigan and got almost to the arm holes - only to decide that the fabric was too limp and take it back. Then I tried other ideas - and didn't like them either. So I am back with this version - this time using the yarn doubled. I am happier with the result.
I don't know what I would do without hot water bottles in cosy knitted covers - such a comfort when feeling seedy. I just bought two new bottles - which meant two new covers to knit. I have made many covers down the years but find that plain stocking stitch is nicest to cuddle up with. I don't follow a specific pattern but just knit to fit, starting at the top of the button band, working down to the bottom and back up until I can cast on for the buttonhole band and then carry on in the round. At the neck I cast off at the beginning of one side and for the other side I fold and do a three-needle cast off - so I work flat from that point but only have one side to sew up. It sounds complicated but is really easy to do and makes a well fitting cover as you can try it on to get exactly the right length to the shoulder.
My figure problems make it so very hard to find a dress that fits and suits me - so I am knitting my own. Black 100% cashmere and 2mm needles. It will be nearly ankle length (for winter warmth), high-necked and long-sleeve and stocking stitch. I must be mad - but this is the second one and the first is so comfortable that I can't bear the thought of it wearing out.
Walking with elbow crutches makes carrying things a problem, and outside pockets are too liable to catch on things to be safe. So all my cardigans have large knitted poachers pockets added to both inside fronts. I bought a cardigan very cheap in a clearance sale recently and here you can see the pocket I have knitted and slip stitched inside the front.
My wife:Scottish but currently
living in London.