I’m so glad I went with what I thought would be a larger size – M2 is supposed to be a finished bust measurement of 42.75″. However, I ended up with only a slight bit of positive ease, and I have a 37″ bust – this definitely didn’t give me almost 6″ of ease! I also knit it several inches longer – around 16″ from armhole to hem. I was hoping for a bit of an oversized cardigan, but I ended up with a nice (but close) fit.Pin It
I made this cardigan for a fellow artist, in barter for some of her beautiful weaving work. Unfortunately, that means I’m stuck with bad mannequin photos, since I don’t have a live model who fits the sweater!
Yarn: Quince & Co Owl (10 skeins in color Bog)
Needles: US 7s
This one goes in the “fail” category – I substituted yarn and I thought I got gauge, but it must not have been the case as this came out WAY too small. I don’t like several of the design elements, as well – too much waist shaping for me, the sleeves don’t fit well at the shoulders (makes me look like a linebacker), and I don’t like how the collar turned out (I like the idea of folding the collar over to make it double-thick, but when I knit the button bands up to the sides of the collar, one side tweaked out really badly and I couldn’t fix it, even with blocking).
Pattern: White Pepper Cardigan by Alicia Plummer
Yarn: Hinterland Range (50% alpaca / 50% wool) – four skeins in Maple, with partial skeins in Honey and Snow for the sleeve striping
Needles: US 8s (I tried going up a size to get bigger gauge, but it made the fabric too open and floppy)
I recently finished knitting one of Brooklyn Tweed’s new patterns; I liked the focus on texture and the unique shaping of this piece. It took a while – the stitch pattern calls for a K1 P1 rib every other row – but the FO is beautiful and wearable. My only hesitation is that the fabric produced by this yarn, while very soft and lovely to wear, feels somewhat fragile, as if it may stretch under the weight of the garment (even though it’s got a little nylon in the fiber). I was very careful when wet blocking it, because it could have easily stretched way out of shape, and I even tossed it in the dryer for 20 minutes at the end to tighten everything up a little. The sweater is already a little on the long side, so I’d prefer that it not stretch any further!
I went with the second smallest size – not my usual size range, but even though this garment calls for a lot of positive ease, anything larger seemed just gigantic. I’m glad I chose the size I did, as this piece is already pretty oversized all over – any bigger and it would have felt like draping on an overcoat.
Pattern: Dunes Dolman Cardigan
Yarn: Magpie Fibers Swanky DK (80% superwash merino / 10% cashmere / 10% nylon) – 5 skeins (250 yds/ea) in Pretty in Pink
Needles: US 6s and US 4s (for ribbing)
The perfect go-anywhere, where-with-anything cardigan! I think that Fossil is the perfect neutral, and because it’s knit in Loft, it’s lightweight enough to be worn year-round, and feels light as a feather.
Pattern: Willapa Cardigan
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft in color Fossil (7 skeins)
Needles: US 5s
I’ve been working on this pattern for some time now – it gives me a chance for one of my favorite colorwork combinations, speckles and complementary solids. I love this particular color combo, but I have another in the works to test out some tweaks to the pattern before it’s ready for publishing.
The yarn is Long Dog Yarn – in my opinion, her speckles and tonal solids are some of the most beautiful, saturated and brilliant yarn colors out there! The yarns are all fingering weight, knit held double to approximate a worsted weight knit on US 6s.
Pattern coming soon!
I love this version of my Red Spire Cardigan, knit in the luxurious and utterly wonderful Clever Camel yarn.
This yarn (actually made from camel hair!) has such loft and lightness, but with a wonderful cozy warmth. It’s truly perfect year-round!
Yarn: 11 skeins of Clever Camel (100% baby camel), color Naked, 110 yds/ea
Needles: US 7s or 8s (uh-oh, guess I didn’t take very good notes . . .)
Working a fade on my own improvised cardigan . . .
Yarn (from top down): Junkyarn DK in colors Fleur (1 skein), Lara (2 skeins), Dolly (2 skeins), and Diana (2 skeins)
Needles: US 6s
The sweater is constructed so that it’s completely reversible, but I like how the colors blend and fade better on the reverse stockinette side 🙂
I was intrigued by Andrea Mowry’s new design in Amirisu, but I didn’t think that the big, lacy collar would work well for me, so I replaced it with a wide ribbed band (in black, instead of white).
Pattern: Hachinosu by Andrea Mowry
Yarn: YOTH Daughter (100% Domestic Rambouillet and Merino wool blend) – 1 ¼ skeins Natural Vanilla, and 2 skeins + a little bit of a Daughter Mini skein in Truffle (330 yds/ea)
Needles: US 6s
Size: 40″ (this turned out pretty tight, especially in the sleeves, so I skipped a few of the sleeve decrease. I was surprised by the tight, skimpy fit, since 40″ should have given me about 3″ of positive ease).
YOTH’s Daughter yarn is very “farmy,” with a lot of texture and at this gauge, it creates a very sturdy, dense fabric. At first it wasn’t what I expected for a little cardigan in this style, but it grew on me once the project was finished and blocked. I was really worried about bleeding during the wet blocking, so I added one cup of white vinegar and I didn’t let the sweater soak for more than 10-20 minutes, and it came out with no visible color transfer.
I’m not sure how I feel about this one – I usually don’t like cropped cardis (they’re not super flattering for my build), and the same goes for cardis that are so open in the front, without a lot of coverage (even though I knit the button bands almost 4″ wide!) But I think it might work well in the spring – to pull on when it’s cool in the morning, but without a lot of bulk or smothery softness once it starts to warm up. I do like the black with the natural vanilla color, and the way the wide stripes look, but this is one I’ll have to wear a few times before I decide whether it has a permanent place in my wardrobe.
I pulled together a customized pattern to showcase these gorgeous yarns – it incorporates some pieces of Albini Cardigan and some of the color scheme of BlueSand Cardigan. The yarn is a merino, silk and yak blend, and you cannot believe how silky soft it feels! And, I love how it takes color . . . because it’s so soft, I think it’s likely going to pill, but I’m okay with that 🙂 The merino helps give it some structure, but it still has a great deal of drape, so I wanted a project that wasn’t likely to stretch out of shape or try to show off a lot of texture.
This cardigan differs from most that I’ve been knitting lately — closer fitting, not overly long or oversized. I like the close fit and the fact that the crewneck means I don’t have to wear anything under it.
Yarn: Nice & Knit DK Luxe (65/20/15% merino/silk/yak) – 3 skeins Harpoon, 2 skeins Hazy Skies, 1 skein Dockside
Needles: US 6s
Size: Knit to approx. 39″ (about 2″ of positive ease)
I love this one – oh boy! One of the best combinations of pattern and yarn that I’ve ever knit 🙂
Pattern: Gramps Cardigan by Kate Oakes
Yarn: YOTH Daughter in Natural Vanilla (100% domestic Rambouillet and Merino blend) – 4 skeins (330 yds/ea)
Size: 40″ (this supposedly gives me about 3″ of positive ease)
Needles; US 7s and US 6s (ribbing)
Buttons: from Never Not Knitting’s online shop (not currently available)
I really loved working with YOTH Daughter – it’s got such a sheepy, wooly feel to it, but it knits up beautifully, as well – it feels soft, warm, and light, all at the same time! The color is so natural that it really goes with everything. My only thought is maybe I should have made the sleeves a little wider – they are a perfect fit when I’m wearing a t-shirt, but a little tight if I want to wear a long-sleeve button-down shirt underneath. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing about it!Pin It
This one took a while, but I’m happy with the results and I like how it’s different than most of my other cardigans. It should be perfect to wear in spring/summer – my next task is to sew a pencil skirt to wear with it. I like the color better than in the pictures – it’s a really difficult color to photograph!
Pattern: Lake Effect
Yarn: Plucky Lodge Fingering (60% merino / 20% cotton / 10% silk / 10% flax) – 3 skeins (430 yds/ea) in color Petticoat
Needles: US 4s and US 2s (for ribbing)
Size: 38 1/2″
Mods: I stopped the sleeve decreases at 60 sts – I think if I’d gone down to the 48 sts called for in the pattern, I would have barely been able to get my arms through!
I liked the lace pattern used for the sweater, and it kept the knitting interesting, although I would add that you have to really be able to read your stitches and understand how the lace pattern works, because as you do the decreases throughout the pattern, it messes up your count and you have to adapt to keep the lace pattern consistent. I found this particularly hard when doing the short rows for the sleeve caps.
I love how the color takes on this yarn base, and how it feels – light and not too soft or wooly, it’s the perfect spring/summer yarn.
Pattern: Shibui Knits Siena Cardigan by Shellie Anderson
Size: Medium (to fit bust 36.5″ – finished bust circumference is 44″ and finished back length to shoulder is 25.5″)
Needles: US 9s and US 7s
I loved this project – relatively quick, ingenious construction, a perfect combination of yarns with silk for softness, sheen, and drape, and linen for structure. It’s a little oversize, but that’s the way it fits best, and it’s the perfect weight for spring and summer. I wish I had time (and patience) to knit more in other colors, there are so many beautiful Shibui Knit colors that would be perfect for this cardigan!
This was a test knit for the amazing Thea Coleman of Baby Cocktails – it is the most challenging of a set of three patterns, and it does not go quickly, but the FO is stunning! Stone Wool is the perfect yarn for this pattern because of its squishy yet structured texture – it really shows off the honeycomb stitch and makes this cardigan both snuggly and light. If you’re looking to push your knitting skills to the next level and end up with a cardigan you’ll wear to death and love for years, I recommend this one 🙂
Pattern: Vodka with a Twist
Yarn: Stone Woo Cormo in colorway Alfalfa 02 (8 skeins)
Needles: US 7s and US 8s
Size: 40″ – this would usually be a little large for me, but I got exactly the fit I was looking for – not oversized at all, just comfy, with good front coverage.
I love how my second Watkins turned out even better than my first. Double-stranded Brooklyn Tweed Shelter is pretty dead-on in terms of gauge, and once it’s wet-blocked, the stitches smooth out and it feels lofty and cozy at the same time. I think I like the color combinations and the feel of the fabric knitted up in Brooklyn Tweed even better than in Puffin!
Pattern: Watkins by Whitney Hayward
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter (held double-stranded throughout) – MC Fossil (10 skeins) and CCs Tartan, Barn Owl, and Pumpernickel (2 skeins ea)
Needles: US 10s (ribbing), US 11s (body), and US 13s (colorwork)
Size: 41 1/4″
Before blocking, the cardigan fit nearly perfect; after it was blocked, it felt a little large all over, even though I was very careful not to let it stretch when it was wet. When it was still barely damp, I tossed it in a hot dryer for approximately 15 minutes – this helped tighten up all of the stitches and shrunk it enough to get a better fit. The sleeves are still too long, requiring that I cuff them, and I could have gone for just a little smaller in terms of length, but overall, I like the fit. If I were to knit it again in BT, I’d probably go one size smaller, although the size jumps are so big that I’d be a little nervous doing so . . . however, BT can really stretch when blocked, so that would probably allow me to adjust if it came out a little too tight-fitting.
The one pattern edit I would really like to make is to add pockets – my hands keep reaching for them whenever I wear the cardigan 🙂 I just can’t figure out how I would do it and not mess up the look of the colorwork . . . it would be easy enough to knit up after-the-fact patch pockets, but if they were knit in one color, they’d ruin the colorwork, and I’m not sure I could knit them so that they matched perfectly the colorwork they’d be covering. Any ideas out there?
I love this one – the combination of Swans Island bulky yarn and Shibui Silk Cloud makes it the softest, most snuggly sweater I’ve knit yet! And who doesn’t love cables as gorgeous as these? Best of all, I finished it in one week . . .
Pattern: Stinson Beach Cardigan
Yarn: Swans Island Company Natural Colors Bulky (Merino/Alpaca) in color Seasmoke – 8 skeins (130 yds/ea) and Shibui Knits Silk Cloud (60% kid mohair / 40% silk) in color Graphite – 3 skeins (330 yds/ea) – knit double-stranded throughout
Needles: US 10s (down from 10 1/2s to get gauge) and US 9s (ribbing)
Size: I modified stitch numbers in order to knit in between sizes Small (39″) and Medium (43″) and got a perfect fit!
Mods: I knit the pocket linings in the Swans Island yarn (without double-stranding with the Shibui) – the pattern called for the smaller gauge yarn only, but while that would have created less bulk, I felt it would have been so thin as to either stretch out badly or get holes poked through it when you actually tried to use the pockets.
I love how the colors of the two yarns play together – the Seasmoke is a smoky grey, and the Graphite is a steely blue, and it’s amazing how much the Graphite adds a blue hue to the entire piece. I also love the halo created by the mohair in the Shibui yarn.
Pattern: Ivar cardigan by Anne Hanson
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Loft – 7 skeins in color Camper
Size: 38 1/2″
Needles: US 6s and US 3s (ribbing)
This is a wonderful cardigan for transition seasons, because it’s so lightweight and lofty – nice stitch definition, and it can be dressed up or down, depending on what you wear with it. It has a pretty slim silhouette, so I think it looks best with skinny jeans or a narrow skirt.
Oh wow, guys, you are really going to want to knit this one! This has got to be one of my favorite cardigans of all time . . .
First, start with the yarn: AMAZING! It is so incredibly soft, you won’t believe it. And, this pattern double-strands Far (which is a chainetfte-contruction worsted) and Sno (a more tightly wound fingering), which gives it the perfect texture – loft and spring!
Second, the fit is spot-on – it hangs perfectly, fits across my shoulders perfectly, and I love the length (see below).
Third, since you’re knitting on US 9s, even though it’s a big piece, it goes so quickly, and you’ll love it while you’re knitting it! The color combinations are endless, and I swatched several before deciding, but I love the more subtle marl and how interesting this makes a neutral look.
Pattern: Birk Cardigan
Yarn: Woolfolk Far Color 01 (11 skeins) and Sno Color 01 + 17 (6 skeins)
Needles: US 8s and US 9s
Size: 36″ (small) – this is a smaller size than I would usually knit, but as the pattern notes, the finished size is larger, and even though I’m typically a bust size 36″, I have plenty of ease with this size.
Mods: Because I’m not near as tall as the model for this pattern, and I wanted a little more of a conventional fit, I shortened the length by 3″. This mean that I knit the pocket openings at 7″ from CO, then I knit to 17″ before beginning the V-neck shaping, and I knit to 21″ before dividing front and back. Perfect!
This is an incredibly decadent cardigan! Knit double-stranded from two beautiful Plucky Knitter yarns: worsted-weight Scholar 2.0 (75% merino / 25% cashmere) and sport-weight Cashmere (100% cashmere).
I used 3 1/2 skeins (280 yds/ea) of the Cashmere in color Peninsula, and either 4 or 5 skeins (250 yds/ea) of Scholar 2.0 in color In a Pickle (I didn’t do a very good job of tracking how many skeins I started out with!)
The pattern is Warm Sheep – I knit size 40″ (and that definitely gave me 2-3″ of positive ease) on US 7s, 8s, and 9s.
The buttons are beautiful, hand-carved from some kind of a nut (so I’m told), purchased at Button Emporium.
Beautiful pattern – took longer than I thought it would, given the bulky yarn and the size of the needles. After it was done, I tossed it damp into the dryer for carefully supervised ten-minute time blocks – I find that it tightens up the yarn and the stitching a little and gives the cardigan more shape. Plus, it was too big – even though it’s supposed to be oversized – and I wanted a little shrinkage. I’m thinking it could go in the dryer one more time, but I wanted to wear it a few times first, to see how I liked the fit.
Pattern: Snoqualmie by Michele Wang
Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Quarry (100% American-Targhee-Columbia wool) – 10 skeins (200 yds/ea) in color Gypsum
Size: 45 3/4″
Needles: US 10s and US 10 1/2s