Wednesday, March 2, 2011

FO: Cabled Cardigan


I have been wanting to knit this sweater since I bought the Fall 2006 issue of Vogue Knitting. I was a newbie knitter and at that point, I pretty much knew how to knit and how to purl and I had never even attempted something as big as a sweater. I was 8 months pregnant and I was knitting away on a garter stitch baby blanket (which turned out really terrible - I feel so bad for my little boy). Cue to 5 years later - I finally did it!

Pattern: #19 Cabled Cardigan by Margaret O'Leary from the Fall 2006 issue of Vogue Knitting
Yarn: Berroco Peruvia in Gris Claro
Needles: size US 8 and 10
Mods: added 3 inches to the length and added an extra buttonhole

I absolutely love the way this turned out. It fits really well. It is so wearable and so warm. It was a relatively quick knit because of the chunky yarn. I finished the back, fronts, and sleeves pretty quickly and sewed them all together and the collar/button bands were knit on last. I figured that they would go quickly as well (its only the collar, right?) but they took forever and they also took up 2 skeins of yarn! Isn't that always the way things work out? The only thing that I don't love about this sweater is that the button bands are double thickness of chunky yarn and then doubled again when buttoned and I think that it makes me look like I had a double cheeseburger for lunch.

The yarn is wonderful. It is 100% wool and I can officially say that this is the warmest sweater that I own. It blocked out beautifully and has worn pretty well so far with very minimal pilling. I would definitely use this yarn again. I am so glad that I waited to knit this sweater because it turned out just perfectly.

6 comments:

Julie said...

It looks so beautiful!! the classic grey colour is a great choice. You did a great job!

amore mamma said...

Beautiful! I was going to ask if it's warm, but you answered that! Lots of snow!

Sue said...

It is gorgeous - obviously worth the wait!

Rainy Daisy said...

Oh my. This is beautiful! Congratulations! :)

(The cheeseburger thing is probably in your head. At least in the photo, you look great.)

cheers!
Daisy

soknitpicky said...

Oh wow! That is really beautiful and fits you perfectly!

Anonymous said...

You are very pretty wearing this cardigan. Have you others photos ?