Thank you all so so much for your responses. I have finally crossed the finishing line.
Here is a small write up, which I look to do at the end of every project ! It is fun to read it months/years later !
Emma for Stephanie
Every knitting project is a novelty and a challenge. I learn something new, try to improve on my knitting techniques, gain a little more confidence, but until the project is ready in all respects, that bit of uncertainty remains.
Yet another Kim Hargreaves design - in Rowan Big wool, for Stephanie, my daughter in law. Pattern and color pre-approved by her. Knitting in bulky wool is swift and this time, I had no trouble with the decreases. I knitted with confidence and with a lot of pleasure. The twist to right and twist to left stitches were new to me and I believe that I could have executed them cleaner. There is something different in the way I have done these stitches as compared to the picture on the pattern, but I am unable to figure out what I may have done differently or incorrectly. I also notice that I should have picked up a few more stitches for the neck, as the ribbing appears parse on one side as compared to the other. Thankfully it is at the back of the neck and may not be visible. So much to watch out for, so much more to learn !
Still the outcome is satisfactory and I am looking forward to having Stephanie wear it this winter.
Special mention to Kathleen, Kim Hargreave’s mother who promptly clarified a missing piece of the pattern and gave a detailed guidance on blocking the knits.
This is the second of my projects and the first cardigan that I took the effort to block and I can see the positive results of the effort.
Thank you @salmonmac and @Creations for consistently cheering me on to the finish line !
Thank you also to @Shintoga, @Margs, @ColoCro - your responses are so encouraging !