Wednesday, September 18, 2013

my bright red burdock cardigan

I have a few other projects that I planned on posting before this cardigan, but I just couldn't wait. I am so excited about how this turned out. 

The original pattern, the Burdock Cardigan from November Knits, had the star lace pattern on the sleeves, but since I'm not really a lace kinda person to begin with, I thought it was just too much. So I went with regular old stockinette sleeves and I'm so happy that I did.  They look just right.

This was my first time knitting a bottom-up cardigan. I'm not sure how I feel about it. All of the easy stuff comes first like the body and the sleeves, and then the shaping comes at the end. By the time I'm into the shaping, I just want to be done with the darn thing. But I will give another bottom-up pattern a go and see if I can convince myself to enjoy the process. Afterall, I did tell my mom when I started knitting that it was fun but I would never be serious enough about knitting to make anything like a sweater. Now it seems like that's all I will do.

I like this pattern, but it took me a while to understand the lace pattern well enough to not have to count my stitches and look at the pattern all the time. I like the look of the cuffs; hemmed cuffs have their place and tend to make a classier garment. I still prefer the look of regular old knit 2 purl 2 rib, but that's a sportier look and not right for this cardigan.

I love it and I want to wear it all the time. Just look how happy I am...

To all you knitters: click here to see the Ravelry page with my notes.
yarn name: Cascade 220 Quatro
yarn type: 100% woolcolorway: red
yardage: ~990 yards

needle size: US 7 (4.5mm) circular