All the finishing-off tasks took rather a long time. I had to crochet tightly up and down the front of the cardie to secure the edge stitches, cut (or 'steek') between my columns of crochet, add button-loops, attach ribbon to the inside edges to hide and protect the cut ends of the steek, and sew on the buttons...
|Crocheting through both 'legs' of each stitch, beside the purl column|
|The inside, after crocheting (I crocheted through the floats too)|
|The cut edges after steeking|
|Sewing on the ribbon (in backstitch), with faithful 'helper'|
|My toggle buttons and button-loops|
The ribbon was the most time-consuming part since I'm a slow hand-sewer, but it finished off the cardigan nicely and gives a good sturdy base for the buttons. I'm really happy with the fit, and it doesn't seem too itchy. :)
I'm off back to Melbourne tomorrow. I hope the trip will be relatively drama-free, so I can get cracking with moving preparations without needing to recover too much. Sunday is Moving Day!
I've had a great relaxing time over the last couple of weeks. Until next time...