A Texturilicious Cardigan

I guess it was too much to hope that I’d complete this project last year, but it’s finally ready. Well, almost ready, since I feel the sweater could do with more buttons but we’ve not ordered any. However, it’s wearable now, so can I consider it done already? πŸ™‚

A Texturilicious Cardigan
A Texturilicious Cardigan

The cardigan used up almost 1400 metres of yarn, so it was a lot of knitting, and it’s pretty heavy as well. The sleeves turned out much looser than intended, because I apparently messed up copying over the measurements for my calculations! ‘Oops’ is an understatement. 😦 It’s super-cosy, however, which meets the main requirement for the sweater. πŸ˜› I like that the i-cord edges suit the cardigan well. Hope my sis finds a use for it in the few remaining weeks of cold weather.

The knitting seemed to have gone on forever, but the slipped rib + seed stitch texture of the body was really fun to knit, and needless to say, I love that texture! Here’s the pattern I used for it:

RS: sl1p wyib, k1, p1, k1, p1
WS: p1, k1, p1, sl1p wyif, p1

A Texturilicious Cardigan

What next?

Seeing Ginny’s stitching updates throughout last year, I’d been thinking of refreshing my cross stitch skills, and I’ve joined the Linen and Threads SAL this year. It’s awesome how supportive the community is on their Facebook group!

Knitting-wise, I’ve decided that my next projects are a pullover for myself, and another blouse for my mom. Let the designing begin! πŸ™‚

(I’ve totally given up on crochet, haven’t I? Hope I find something to crochet this year.)

I know I’m a slow knitter / stitcher, and yet I found myself slightly stressing sometime last year about the ‘insufficient’ number of things I was making. (Not limited only to knitting.) So I’ve decided that my new mantra is to be mindful, and I don’t mind if my throughput becomes smaller than it already is. As long as I love the process of working on my projects (and maybe get to learn a new technique or two along the way), everything is good.

And how about you? I’d love to know your new craftsy goals, and your progress on old ones.

22 thoughts on “A Texturilicious Cardigan

  1. You are going to love stitching on the Mystery Sampler! The facebook group is very supportive and all the color variations are amazing! Just remember, it is not how many things you create, but that you enjoy the creating πŸ™‚ The sampler is amazing because you get a little at a time and can work on it however much you want. So just enjoy the process. I am still waiting on fabric and some threads, so I haven’t started the new one yet. I can’t wait. And I can’t wait to see yours once you get it started. I hope to see you in the group. Your sweater is beautiful and it looks so warm and comfy. I need to get back to some knitting and finish a crochet blanket I started. My crochet skills are pretty bad, but I keep trying. My passion is cross stitch, so I will always have a cross stitch project going (or 2 or 3…) LOL

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly, Ginny — it’s the process of creating that’s the goal! I’m looking forward to your updates on all of your projects this year, cross stitch or otherwise. πŸ™‚ Hope your materials for the SAL arrive soon — I especially love your selection of fabric!
      I did ask for some suggestions in the group, and am overwhelmed with the helpful responses — I can already see my stitching getting better, lol… I still want to stitch the 2017 sampler (I’m in love with it) — it’ll be wonderful if I improve my stitches and actually manage to work on it. Fingers crossed.

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  2. Oh wow! That’s a showstopper. I love everything about this sweater. I like the combination of ribbing with seed stitch and the cabled raglan seams. Did you make this sweater up yourself? If you did, you’re a genius! Also, I think it fits you perfectly and your “oops” in accidentally adding extra ease to the sleeves will pay off because let’s say you decide to wear long sleeves underneath. Your shirt or blouse underneath won’t ride up and your cardigan sleeves won’t, either. This is the type of cardigan that should be worn with some extra ease, given the way the i-cord edges create a drapy effect. It’s a very flattering knit and good job! It’s really awesome! You also were careful with details, like the buttons, the band, the darker color for the edges. That really creates a nice effect on the neckline and flatters beautifully. It will look great with just about anything underneath, even a turtle neck!

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    1. Thank you, Tony, you made my day! πŸ™‚ The sweater is my own design, though the credit for the i-cord color goes to my sister. (The sweater’s for her — and she’s the model here — so I obviously went with her choices.)
      I’m glad about your assessment of the loose sleeves — you’re right about it being accommodating of a variety of underlying garments. Although I’m not sure of the turtleneck, I don’t think it goes well with anything, lol…

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  3. You’re a “slow” (????) knitter? Then I must knit at a snail’s pace! The cancer center that I knit hats for wants hats for men, so that’s what I’ve been doing — very plain, basic caps in greys, blacks,hunter greens, dark blues, and other such somber colors. This is a really conservative area of the country when it comes to color choices for men. The men here simply will not wear light or bright colors or anything that is too fancy — too “effeminate.” Moss stitch is almost too fancy! Go figure! Still, the simple caps go quickly, which is good because they are BORING!

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    1. Lol I guess slowness is just a matter of perception!
      It’s sad that quite a few men don’t prefer bright colors – maybe the changing rigidity of traditional gender expectations will slowly change that. Meanwhile, if you’re allowed to play with stitches for the hats, maybe some tight cable patterns (or at least rib patterns) will compensate for the color choices?

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    1. Thank you Theresa! ☺ Loom weaving sounds really exciting, and the fabrics it produces are so versatile style-wise! And I’m sure you’ll love cross stitch. Good luck with your goals! πŸ˜€

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  4. It’s really amazing, and I am sitting here staring at it, not sure what words to use to describe how impressed I am that you can not only knit that, but most of all design such pattern! Just stunning!

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    1. Thank you so much for the compliment, Kat, I’m blushing! 😜 It’s really not too difficult to make (and I’m not being modest! ☺) Maybe this is the sweater I can finally attempt writing a pattern for so others can enjoy making one as much as I did!

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  5. It does look fancy and complicated, especially the cable separating the body and the shoulder – I mean, how did you even think of that?! Great job, you are very tallented!

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    1. Thank you, Kat! Things come to me sometimes, and sometimes, I need to scroll through my Pinterest boards for inspiration. And at other times, I just drop my plans because nothing works. πŸ˜‰

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