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Teen girl tying straps on wrapover ballet cardigan


A new handknit on the blog, finally!  Love love love how this one turned out.  Ballet wrap style cardigans are about as flattering and feminine as it gets, which is good in my book!  I wouldn’t go OTT and wear it with a floaty skirt or frills, but I do like a good girly style.  In moderation. 😛  Most projects are joint endeavours with my mum and I these days, although I must admit I only did the fiddly awkward bits this time and she did the slog of the plain knitting.  Tiny needles and super fine yarn explain why this one’s been so long in the making, hence the lack of new knits round these parts.  Would be nice to make all sorts of summery clothes, but annoyingly most of my creative time goes into my textiles work these days.  4/5 more weeks and that should all be done though, which is at the same time a relief and utterly horrifying at the amount of work I’ll have to do!


cardigan: handknit (this pattern by Jennie Atkinson) | pants: Primark | shoes: H&M


I should probably stop look at the floor in photos!  Once you’ve noticed something can’t un-see it, and I’m annoying myself now.  Blogger cliché pose, oopsie!


Those ties, oh my God.  That’s a lotttt of tiny rows on tiny needles.  A job for long car journeys, definitely!  I’m really bad for car-sickness and can’t even read a page without feeling queasy but I can knit with my eyes shut so I’m fine.  That sounds so geeky but never mind!  I must look pretty weird though, sat in the passenger seat looking fast asleep whilst my hands are busy knitting 3 feet of 1×1 rib.  It’s a strange sight to picture.  My weirdness shouldn’t come as a surprise by now though!


Love super long sleeves!  Which isn’t difficult on me considering my short-ish arms.  You’d think at 5’11 I’d struggle for sleeves long enough, but nope!  I often buy clothes from the tall section just for the torso length, then have to roll the sleeves up a load or I look like an orangutan.  My hands and feet haven’t grown since I was about 9, which is also kinda weird. Rather strangely proportioned!


The shade looks pretty grey here but is actually a really nice pale blue.  Not baby blue (no way), just a greyish, subtle blue.  It’s from a cone of yarn found in a charity shop years ago, so no idea what it actually is made of besides being a merino mix.  Soft, fine and surprisingly very warm, that’s about all I know.


I wish I could blame gale force winds for the birds nest that is my hair, but my living room’s as calm as can be and it’s still all over the place.  That stuff is like candyfloss it’s so light and fluffy!  Good for backcombing and huge messy buns, useless for any style that doesn’t involve the word ‘messy’.  Might as well stop trying.


Who else has been creative lately?

lily kate x

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  • Reply
    12th April 2015 at 3:21 pm

    I absolutely love that knitted warp top! It reminds me of something a ballerina would wear (but not knitted obviously). I think you need to start a shop! I actually would go ott and wear it will a circle skirt or something, I think it would look so cute!

    And same here with the car sickness and reading thing, it’s just a shame I can’t knit, although after seeing your gorgeous creations, you certainly have me inspired!


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      lily kate
      12th April 2015 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much Samio! I used to have a lilac one as a kid that I wore for ballet 😀 I would so love to have a shop! 1 item added every 6 months yee? ;P
      Travel sickness in general is soo annoying! Thank you :DDD

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    Emily Jane
    12th April 2015 at 11:13 pm

    That hand-knitted cardigan is beautiful! You’re so talented.

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      lily kate
      15th April 2015 at 5:50 pm

      Thank you! <3

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    13th April 2015 at 2:08 am

    It is so nice to see some more knitting from you and your mum. I used to love reading about your designs. 5’11 is quite tall for a lady so you are very lucky. I would not worry about the shorter arms, at least you dont have to try and pull them down to fit properly. The ballerina cardigan looks gorgeous on you.

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      lily kate
      15th April 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Glad you like it Sue! I promise there’d be new knits every week if I could; my interest certainly hasn’t waned. Lucky is debatable, being tall can be annoying at times! But I guess it has its perks too 🙂
      Thank you!!

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    Hollie Garner
    13th April 2015 at 3:04 pm

    another wonderful post! I would personally wear it with a skirt,i think it would look awesome and so cute too! I know all about travel sickness,i have always had this since i was a baby! Have a lovely week xx

    • Reply
      lily kate
      15th April 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Thank you Hollie! I’d wear it with a skirt too, just probably not a frilly pink one or something 😛
      Travel sickness is the worst isn’t it!
      Hope you have a fab week too 🙂

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    14th April 2015 at 2:41 pm

    you finished it! and it looks FABULOUS on you! xoxo

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      lily kate
      15th April 2015 at 6:03 pm

      we did indeed, eventually! Thank you! Wanna see you guys againnn!

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