Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Striped Cardigan

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I’ve been wanting just a basic, oversized, knock-around-the-house cardigan for a long time but just never found the time or urgency to fit it in with my other knitting which usually has priority.  So when my local yarn store hosted a promotion by Berroco Yarns, I decided it might just be time to do a cardigan for me. 

I basically knew what I wanted it to look like but the hardest part was deciding on colors.  I think it turned out pretty well actually.  I used Knitware software for the basic pattern with modified drop sleeves, hip length and 3” ribbing on the body and sleeve cuffs.   I used DAK to align the stripes but could’ve used DAK to design the whole pattern if I’d bone up on DAK’s garment shaping….which I should do anyway.  This is made with Berroco Comfort worsted on my KX350 midgauge at T5.   I worked the ribbing on my SK860 midgauge, scrapped it off and transferred it to my KX350 to make the body sections and sleeves….much easier and nicer looking that hand latching the ribbing on the 350.  I did a 1x1 rib for the button bands on the SK860 at T3, then mattress stitched it onto the fronts and neck back.  The next adventure was finding buttons that I wanted.  I found some really nice ones made from coconut shell that seemed to be just made for it.

I’m not going to post my pattern because I did so many alterations to the pattern to please me that it most likely wouldn’t fit anyone else.  The schematic in your size specifications and yarn gauge will get you in the ballpark.


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