WIP – Amherst Cardigan

(The title was a giveaway but…) It’s decided – the Amherst Pullover is going to be a cardigan in my hands. I’ve made the pattern modifications from pullover to cardigan, and have calculated the amount of yarn required with my gauge. And guess what, it looks like the yarn I have barely covers it. Not this again! Am I somehow ultra-efficient while purchasing yarn? Is this some annoying superpower?

So I’ve started the cardigan with a provisional cast on (the crochet cast on) for the body/sleeves split (or body/sleeves join, depending on how you look at it.) I’m knitting the yoke now. When that’s done, I’ll move on to the sleeves and knit them fully as calculated. I’ll then come back to the rest of the body below the armhole, so I can reduce an inch or two of its length if the yarn seems insufficient. Hope this plan works out well. πŸ™‚

Amherst Cardigan progress
The brioche doesn’t look like much right now, but my earlier swatchings assure me that it looks just as it should. (And I seem to have misplaced a stitch marker pair, so I’m just using the plastic ones for now everywhere, while I mull upon making more markers…)

After the thin yarn and tiny cables from my last project, this sweater feels like it’s knitting up pretty fast! (But not really, my pace is still slow as usual.) I’ve reached the 2-color brioche section of the yoke, and I’m referring to tutorials again to internalize the 2-stitch decreases required at the raglans going forward. (I love how those raglans look and feel! And I strive hard not to glance at the ugly LLDs right beside, which have never improved no matter what I try.)

I’ve not decided yet if I’m joining another SAL this year, so until I get bored or want to work on something else, this cardigan is my only WIP.

And what are you working on currently?

21 thoughts on “WIP – Amherst Cardigan

  1. Your superpower is opposite to mine, since I always end up with a skein or more left. Not only because I panic at the thought of playing yarn chicken and buy more, but also I somehow usually use up less yarn that indicated in the pattern (even with the correct gauge, which I really can’t explain). Maybe we could share some of our superpowers and meet somewhere in the middle? πŸ˜‰

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    1. Lol, yes we definitely should. I used to have the same experience as you do, and my stash has lots of partly-used skeins. I’m pretty sure the next time I buy even more yarn to make up for this change, I’ll suddenly end up with two leftover skeins. πŸ˜›
      As for your yarn usage – patterns could err on the side of caution and over-estimate yarn amounts a bit, but it looks like you have way too much left even after accounting for that, and that’s puzzling indeed. πŸ™‚

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      1. Last time I used a little over 1 skein less than the pattern said! Plus another obligatory skein I bought just in case… I think when I’m back from my trip to my gamily, it’s time to take photos of all this leftover yarn and just sell it on yarn exchange facebook group because I’ll never use them up otherwise…

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  2. I think you really like a challenge. And I know you will come out the winner. I wish you an easy time with it and I look forward to seeing your end results. I am currently working on cross stitching a pillow that I have been commissioned to do. But in my mind I am thinking about the 2019 Mystery Sampler from Linen and Threads. I have already ordered a piece of plain gray fabric in the size I need. I also purchased a smaller piece of it and tried stitching with a very light pink silk thread. It’s not going to work, so colors are still going around in my head while I wait to see what else will be added to the Peacock. I’ve have also just heard that Passione Ricamo will be doing another SAL, maybe this year. How exciting!

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    1. Thank you, Ginny! I’m still figuring out the decreases – the ones that I made don’t look like the ones in the pullover pictures. Once I get it right, I’ll have more of an easy time. πŸ™‚
      So many SALs! If you do join the Linen and Threads one (looks like you’re leaning towards it) I’ll definitely be looking forward to all of your updates! I’m sure you’ll love the Passione Ricamo SAL – are you thinking of joining?


      1. I know you will figure it out and create a fabulous cardigan. SAL’s…they are fun to look forward to each month and sometimes a nice break from whatever I am currently working on. Since I have finished the 2018 sampler, and this month will be the end of the mermaid SAL, I think there may be room in my life for another SAL ;). I still want to see more of the Sampler before making a firm decision. The peacock is great, but what is going to go on around it? I know the them is Peacock Garden, but what does that mean? The PR SAL….I have not been able to resist her designs, so I probably will go for it when it does come out. And that she is still designing makes me very happy as she has had a difficult time with hackers stealing her designs 😦

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  3. I’m juggling about five shawl patterns that I’m writing and knitting, several hats, a pair of fingerless mitts, and I just bought a sweater’s quantity of two yarns for some Joji Locatello cardigans, but those are the carrot I’m holding out in front of myself to get me to finish something — LOL! There is never a shortage of stitch markers at my house — whenever I need one, I just check in the cracks between the sofa cushions or under the furniture!

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    1. It is pretty scary, especially when working with out-of-stock yarns or when it’s been a while since you’ve bought the yarn so there’s no guarantee of buying another skein from the same batch again…

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