The We Are Knitters Mick Cardigan is a beautiful & lightweight lace knit cardigan. It’s the perfect pattern for adventurous beginners learning lace work! Read more for my full knitting pattern review.
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I am getting a lot of knitting done during the COVID-19 quarantine. I honestly haven’t knit this much in a while! Since I have still been pretty busy with all my sewing projects, knitting has been a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
If you saw my blog post where I shared my We Are Knitters Silver Monk Sweater, you know that I love the convenience of their kits! It’s so great that I don’t have to gather materials for a project on my own. Everything comes in a bag ready to knit! All you have to do is pick out a pattern and choose your size.
The We Are Knitters Mick Cardigan
In choosing my pattern, I decided to find a pattern for a layering piece to wear over tank tops or light blouses. I then narrowed my decision down to a cardigan. I also wanted to make something a little more challenging since the last project I made was knit in garter stitch throughout the entire piece. It’s always nice to knit something with more design elements!
During my search I came across the Mick Cardigan, and I knew it would be my next project! The arrow pattern is super cute, and I am a total sucker for lace work. Knitting lace patterns is probably one of my favorite things to do. It’s so fun and satisfying to watch the design unfold!
First Impression of the Pattern
When I received my pattern and looked through the pattern book, I immediately checked the length measurements. Since the model in the photo looks pretty tall, I knew to expect that I would need to shorten the length. I also found that the lace charts were very easy to read. I think that this would be a great project for an advanced beginner who is ready to learn lace work.
Knitting the We Are Knitters Mick Cardigan
Sizing, Adjustments, and Customization
I chose to knit a size small. I didn’t have to do many adjustments other than reduce the length of the front and back pieces. Since each piece is knit in a rectangle, I simply reduced the number of rows I knit for the front and back pieces. One thing to keep in mind is that the lace chart repeats in rows of 30. The pattern repeats the lace chart until row 206, which is 6 lace chart repeats + 1 repeat ending at row 26.
I reduced my length by 30 rows. That way, I didn’t have to think much about where in the lace chart my design would end. As you see in the photo below, the hem of my cardigan (which is the bind off edge) ends just a little below the lacey arrow. If you plan to reduce the length but still want your arrows to look “whole”, make sure to look at the lace chart before deciding on how many rows to decrease.
I didn’t decrease the length of the sleeves. Based on the pattern measurements, I didn’t feel that it was necessary. The sleeves turned out to be the perfect length in the end.
The Knitting Process
I didn’t have any issues knitting this pattern, though I did accidentally lose my place once and had to knit backwards! It was my fault though – that’s what I get for watching The Witcher while knitting lace. My Mick Cardigan took me about 1 month to complete. I knit for about 1 hour during the evenings, several days a week.
Finishing My Cardigan
This knitting pattern is seamed together at the end, so you basically hand sew it together. Their sewing instructions aren’t super detailed in the pattern book, so I recommend watching this video on their YouTube channel if you are unsure.
One important detail when seaming the pieces together is to line up the arrow pattern as much as possible. You will get a more seamless look by doing so. I paid close attention to this at the shoulder seams and side seams. As you see below, the side seams are virtually invisible and you can’t even tell that it was sewn together. I didn’t find it necessary to line the arrows up when sewing the sleeves on. The pattern just doesn’t line up, but it ends up looking great when everything is put together!
My Final Impression of the We Are Knitters Mick Cardigan
The Mick Cardigan pattern is labeled as an intermediate pattern and after knitting it I agree. The lace charts were easy to read and follow, along with the pattern instructions overall. Nothing was over-complicated in the pattern, though you may think so by looking at it! Lace work can seem daunting for beginners, but as long as you have a good pattern with clear instructions learning is a breeze!
Overall, I’m very happy with how my Mick Cardigan turned out and I wear it all the time! It’s been the perfect layering piece this summer. I love to wear it around the house when working from home. It keeps me warm when it’s chilly from the air conditioning, but cool when I step outside to take the dogs out! I look forward to wearing this piece transitioning into fall and for many years ahead!