I finished my first cardigan. My first sweater, my first non accessory project. And it is adorable. As you can see it still needs buttons but I’ve decided to wait until after the oncoming blizzard to venture out and buy some.
This is the Playful Stripes Cardigan designed by Alana Dakos.
I love the cute scalloped hem on the bottom of the sleeves and body. And the tiny burst of color around the sleeves and above the hem is just to die for.
I made this sweater because I really want to make myself a cardigan. But knitting for an adult is a huge undertaking and I’m not sure I’m going to make it through. I have so many other knitting projects I want to take on fitting time in to knit miles of stockinette seems unlikely. So to test this I decided to knit a childs size sweater. This was a bigger project than I thought it would be. Despite it only being a size 4 it still felt like miles and miles of stockinette.
Honestly, it is physically bigger too. I dont think my niece will fit in this sweater for a while. I knit it to size, but I chose the wrong size.
I’m not off sweater knitting completely. But i have some other projects in the que first. I need something smaller, something that requires less seaming. And also a project made with insanely bright colors to help me cope with the always gray appearance of life in the second half of winter. I love to knit, but hate winter.
This is the gorgeous yarn i’ve chosen for my leftie shawl. Bright colors hand dyed by A Hundred Ravens. I’ve started thinking of it as my Sunshine Shawl knitted to combat the great gray beast of February and I’m knitting it on US2 needles. I can’t wait to start.
In other finished project updates, I knit up the kit ball of DMC Top This yarn in the giraffe color way. I picked this up while at Vogue Knitting Live. It is an adorable multi colored skein of yarn with a sewn toy head instead of a puff ball on top. Apparently they are sold out of the skeins on the DMC website, and the skeins aren’t listed on Ravelry yet. The yarn is bulky and knit up on size 9 needles and knit up in a single night. I cast on 70 and tried to knit tightly so that it wouldn’t be huge for my 3 year old nieces head.
I love it. It is simply adorable. I have another skein in pink and purple with a unicorn on top for my other niece.
Briefly I was working on a Sundry Shawl in red and white, but I was not in love with the yarn and I think I was knitting on needles that were too big for the fingering weight I was using. My current plan is to turn the frogged yarn into a woven houndstooth scarf.