Posts Tagged ‘knit cardigan’

12
Jul

Maxfield Cardigan: The Plan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, yarn

Amy Christoffers has come out with a new pattern, everyone! As if you hadn’t heard! It’s called Maxfield and my jaw hit the ground as soon as I saw it. Seriously. Amy, I am not worthy.

Immediately, I started planning. I had so many ideas. First off, I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to use Madeline Tosh. I’m sorry, MT. It’s not you, it’s me. I just think I need to try other yarns.

I was sneaking peeks at the Ravelry yarn pages for Lorna’s Laces at work. I did some intense Google-ing. I took screen shots of every yarn that was a possibility so I could pair it with different colorways and see which worked best. I distrusted every photograph I saw on Webs and Jimmy Beans and cross-referenced them with stash pictures on Ravelry. And then I distrusted those.

Basically, I was like some crazy yarn psychopath for about 48 hours. I finally settled on two colorways of Lorna’s Laces Honor (which is what Amy’s pattern calls for) and then I couldn’t find them anywhere! I looked for a long time but no one was selling Honor in a colorway I’d set my heart on. But then I started thinking about some other possibilities.

You see, my basic inspiration is a southwestern-style Dude-esque cardigan. (Side note: Is there a name for that style of cardigan that’s brown and white and has, like, Native American patterns on it or moose?) I really wanted a neutral or beige with, like, a desert sunset for the chevrons.

This is what I found:

 

I worked with Malabrigo Silky Merino a few years ago and I thought it was so luxurious. I think it will work well with the pattern and the color is perfect! I’m using Acorn for the MC and the CC is Viena. I love the purple and orange. I hope it looks just like an old poncho! My only worry is that since it’s 50% silk it might be a little shiny. (Honor is a merino/alpaca blend which sounds fantastically soft.)

I’m so excited to cast on. I just can’t stop looking at the pattern and at Amy’s pictures. Are you casting on a Maxfield cardigan of your own? What are you waiting for?

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25
Jun

Famous Knits: Mr. Rogers

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, knits, tv

Who didn’t love Mr. Rogers? Who didn’t love those sweater? I want to go tie my shoes just thinking about him.

Have you read this article from CNN? Apparently all of those lovely cardigans that were Mr. Rogers’ trademark were hand knit by his mom. If that hasn’t swollen your heart to the point of bursting, well, check your pulse.

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13
Mar

WIP: Pomme de Pin: Savory KAL

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, lace

You know what the best part about an FO is? CASTING ON FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT!

Immediately after finishing the hamburger sweater, I set it down on the couch beside me, picked up my laptop and went through my queue on Ravelry. I guess you could say I’m a process knitter! Every time I cast on, I’m already dreaming of what yarn I will use for my next project and, more recently, collecting sock patterns I can work on during my morning commute.

This choice was kind of a no-brainer.

I’d hyped up Amy and Maria’s Savory Knit-A-Long when Amy had introduced the idea to me on Twitter. This was just after I’d posted photos of my Larch Cardigan. Not to say that I was all Amy Chrisoffers’ed-out (obivously, this is impossible) but I’d had my heart set on making that damn hamburger sweater for so long! This may have been the first time I put my foot down to interrupting the order of my knitting queue.

Well, I got that out of my system. And while I was working on it, something amazing happened! Amy came out with this Pomme de Pin pattern! I once met someone who told me that procrastination isn’t always bad. Sometimes, she told me, you are waiting for when you’re ready and sometimes awesome things happen and you’re all “Phew, glad I was procrastinating! Things worked out so much better for me!” This was kind of like that situation. (PS, I never took that as the advice she was trying to bestow upon me. It’s clearly just a really well-thought excuse for putting things off.)

So, although I missed the KAL deadline, I can participate in the did cast on in February so I’m participating and that makes me happy!

As soon as I saw this pattern, I knew I had to make it. Here’s why:
Numero Uno: Cardigans are awesome. And after riding the high of a 21-day sweater, I felt unstoppable.
2: This cardigan is unlike things that I normally wear. It would be a really fun addition to my wardrobe (Is there a bit of a product knitter in me?!)
C: Lace. The Final Frontier.

I don’t knit lace. I’ve never really tried it. It’s incredibly intimidating even though I like to think that everything is fair game in knitting. Here’s why I’ve never bothered to really give lace knitting a go: I hate shawls. I know, I know, I said, “Oh, I’ll never knit socks!” and now I’m addicted. But I really REALLY can never ever see myself wearing a lacy, frilly, light-weight shawl. If there is one thing that defines my style, the word is utilitarian. I don’t layer with scarves and I’m allergic to belts and I don’t like accessories. I don’t see ANY point in a shawl that makes me look like a grandma that doesn’t keep me warm. Even if I wear it cowboy bandana style. (Disclaimer: I hope no one is offended by how much I hate shawls. I DO think they’re beautiful and I know they take an incredible amount of work because I obviously am afraid of lace. But some things just aren’t for me. Maybe I’m being too harsh.)

I mean, seriously, we all know if I actually tried knitting a shawl, I’d probably freaking love it.

Anyway, this seemed like some entry-level lace knitting. And it is a cardigan, not a shawl.

 

Long story short, here is a photo of my swatch. Blocking really makes a huge difference. The progress I’ve made on the sleeves looks all puffy and misshappen. But I know that one day when it grows up into a nice, smooth, blocked sweater, it will be beautiful.

I’m using Blue Sky Alpaca sport weight. This color is somewhere between olive green and umber brown. I like greens but I stopped wearing them a long time ago. Maybe it’s time to stop wearing blues and greys always?

I’ll be back with more. Happy knitting and I’m seeing amazing things from the rest of you participating in #savorykal

Pattern: Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
 Yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Sport
Needles: 5 and 6
Ravelry page

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05
Jan

FO Larch Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, sweater

I’m not really sure where to start! I’m trying to revamp everything for 2012 and I have a lot of new projects coming up in the new year. I guess let’s start by saying that I hope everyone had a great start to the New Year. It sounds like a lot of people were doing the low-key thing this time around. We did too.

Becaaaause we’re so exhausted/exhilarated/busy from our big move. I can’t wait to show you the new apartment. This year is going to be all about redesigning this little gem.

Anyway, maybe I can start by showing you a long-overdue post about my larch cardigan? Tie up the loose ends of last year. It’s been such a long time since I finished it. (Before Thanksgiving!) Let’s see…

The construction of the collar really confused me the first few times I read the pattern. When I finally got my head around it, I realized how brilliant it was! The collar is worked around the neckline and then back and forth picking up a little more on either side to make a really beautiful roll collar. I’ve never knit anything will a roll collar so I love it!

The beautiful tortoise buttons are from an adorable little you’ll-miss-it-if-you-don’t-know-it’s-there button store on the Upper East Side called Tender Buttons. I’m so in love. It’s one of those shops that doesn’t really exist anymore and is so small and unique it feels like magic. They are just wall to wall buttons! And all kinds including some vintage and antique wonders. I bought about 4 buttons just in case something unfortunate happens to the ones I put on.

I’m not terribly pleased with how the cardigan fits across my chest when the buttons are done. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not the size I thought I was or if my gauge wasn’t spot on. Maybe the length isn’t right? I was going for something tighter than I usually wear as I’m trying to break the giant comfy sweater habit (at least when I’m going out.) It’s not that bad but I think another more serious blocking will do the trick on it. I’m pleased otherwise.

So love how this MadTosh knit up. How many times can I say that? I’ll say it again. It’s tops.

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