Thursday, January 24, 2008

Trying to keep warm

I had a lot of incentive to finish this one fast. It has been about -10 F, or -25 C here for a while already, and I'm running out of warm sweaters to wear, unless I want to wear the same clothes for weeks on end. So, enter new soft and warm cardi:

Like I said, this was a fast knit. Possibly even the fastest sweater I ever put together, right around two weeks from start to finish. I used my own pattern - raglan sleeves, pieces knit flat, with garter stitch details in the hem, collar and sleeves. I wanted to keep it simple, because the yarn was so smooth, and every small little detail really stands out. Plus I like simple cardigans with one or two interesting but subtle details.
I ended up re-knitting the collar and button bands once, because the first try was just too bulky and not nearly as neat as I wanted. The second time I used a smaller needle and knit less rows for both, and ended up with a much more satisfying result.

I happened to have the perfect buttons in my stash. I think the warm wood color adds just enough interest so that the cardigan doesn't look dull.


Technical details:
Yarn: Adrianne Vittadini Trina, 16 x 50 g
Needles: 5.0 mm Clover bamboo circular, 3.5 mm Inox aluminum circular for collar and button bands

5 comments:

Michele said...

Love it...neutral enough to go with everything!

Elsa Xenia said...

Sån fin och enkel tröja! Det första jag ser på i ett mönster är hur bra det passar, och den här passar dig verkligen utmärkt bra. Halskanten är passligt rund, ärmarna tillräckligt vida och långa.

Melanie said...

Such a beautiful, classic and elegant cardigan! Well done.

Lisa said...

VERY NICE!!!

be*mused jan said...

You have knitted my dream sweater! I love the simplicity of your design. Lovely.
By the way, I found you through your review of the Upitis Mitten book on Amazon!