At last I've knitted something I not only like but can actually wear. Something with practical use! Isn't the colour just glorious? It's Sirdar Escape Chunky (Shade 0197 - I can't remember the proper name for it!) which I got on sale. It was a spontaneous purchase, completely unplanned. I then glanced through my knitting magazines and discovered a simple cardigan pattern for a chunky wool. It's supposed to have a fur collar, which was the main feature, not really my thing, but the plain garter stitch collar I thought worked out really well. It's warm without being too thick, just right for the wildly random London spring weather.
It looks particularly fantastic closed with a shawl pin I got free from a copy of Simply Knitting. At the time, I didn't like the colour much as it isn't a colour I wear, nor did it match anything, but by chance, it looks fantastic with this cardigan!
Details: Pattern is from Simply Knitting Issue 89.
Things I would have done differently: the hem. You're supposed to cast on with the thumb method but I have no idea what that is. I presume it gives a neater edge? Whatever, without a rib, it naturally curled up several inches. I blocked it carefully with damp cloths and about ten thousand pins but it began to curl up again. Realising this was going to be a problem (AFTER I'd finished the back and front sections), I decided to do a proper sew-up hem for the sleeves which was also a mistake. Too chunky! What I should have done was just knit the first row into the back of the stitch. I'd forgotten about this! It produces a neat edge and might even have prevented all the rolling up it does.
No matter. The delicious colours and practicality make up for any errors!