The older I get, the more I appreciate the comforts of a cardigan. In fact, the one item of clothing I wear almost everyday is a slop-around-the-house cardigan — and it is also the only knitted item in my wardrobe that I did NOT make. It belonged to Mom, and is one of three in different colors that she rotated as her house sweater. It is several sizes too big, it isn’t wool, but I love its utilitarian shapelessness. I look like Mom wearing it.
And then there are the cardigans I knit for my self . . .
Pattern: No actual pattern — I call it Fly because I knitted it on the fly 🙂 The bottom band is a reversible cable from Lynn Barr’s Reversible Knitting: 50 Brand-New, Groundbreaking Stitch Patterns.
Yarn: The black yarn is a Lambspun of Colorado DK-weight merino/silk/cashmere blend in the color “black platinum.” After frogging the original sweater coat, I used the yarn for the Dickson dress, and now for Fly. I still have leftover yarn. The yarn had color variations clearly visible on right sleeve cuff and across the upper back. I don’t mind.
The red yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed DK, in the color “rage.” The yarn was left over from Red Knight.
Thoughts: My long-term goal is to use up my yarn stash before I die. The Graduate Student doesn’t knit, and I don’t know that she will ever pick it up. So . . . I just wanted to use up odd balls of yarn, and I didn’t want to knit hats or scarves. This little cardigan did not require planning; it was truly one of those “cast on and stop when finished” sort of a project. I don’t do gauge swatches, and this project was no exception. I knitted the reversible cable first, then picked up the body stitches from the cable, leaving room on the cable ends for the front bands that I would pick up later and seam to the body. The armscye and neck shaping were guesstimated — I wanted somewhat fitted sleeves, and a neckline somewhere between crew and scoop. In the end I decided not to have buttons, so the ribbed bands are on the narrow side.
The project was uncomplicated, the black and red combination turned out well, and most important, the cardigan fits!
Pattern: Watermark by Jared Flood, from Brooklyn Tweed BT Winter 19. It was love at first sight!
Yarn: Elsawool woolen-spun worsted-weight cormo yarn in “40% medium grey.” This yarn was recycled from the Moire Dress I knitted 10 years ago. The dress did not fit well through the shoulders and upper arms (I wasn’t as good at knitting on the fly back then), so I only wore it a couple of times before finally frogging it last summer.
Modifications: I don’t like patch pockets, so I made “knitted-in” pockets instead. I also thought I was going to run of yarn, so the pocket linings are in two different yarns (hooray for using up more scrap yarn). I knitted the sleeves on top-down using short row shaping, and also used short rows for the shoulders to create a smooth slope for sewing the shoulders seams. The left cuff is in a different yarn — not because I ran out of yarn, but just because I felt like it.
Thoughts: This was an uncomplicated knit without unnecessary fiddly bits. The pattern is truly striking with a touch of masculinity, and the designer didn’t give it a silly/random Gaelic name. I don’t have the right body type for this cardigan, but I don’t really care. It wears well.