I am a knitter who loved to knit garments for herself. Mostly it’s because knitted garments in the shops are made of nasty, hateful, static-y, sweaty acrylic and I have more luxurious tastes and prefer yarns that are natural and breathable and bloom with age. But fit and colour and the fact that I’m creating something unique are also factors for me. Anyhoo, the seasons have turned to autumn and soon it will be winter and so I thought that knitting a cardigan might be a jolly good thing to do. I have admired three cardigan patterns of similar styles with slightly differing design elements for some time and couldn’t decide on which one to knit first. Not exactly a cake or death decision (reference to the magnificent Eddie Izzard sketch and if I were clever enough to do a linky thing I would) but still, it has required some deliberation as cardigans do take some time to knit.
The first design to catch my eye was the beautiful Coraline by clever Scottish Designer Ysolda Teague, a bottom up knit cardigan it has a pretty smocked yoke and icord edging that I think are very fetching but was essentially row after row of stocking stitch till you get to the yoke. The smocking will take some concentration though as it is an unfamiliar technique.
The second cardigan was Manu by the equally clever Kate Davies who also lives in Scotland, (not a deliberate theme, but my Nana is Scottish and I do feel a connection). So back to the cardigan, it has very elegant pleats and very cute pockets and again icord edging all of which will involve learning new techniques but again it is essentially row after row of stocking stitch.
The third cardigan is Tea Leaves by Melissa LaBarre which is the simplest of the three cardigans to knit and features garter stitch trims. Otherwise, yep, you guessed it… row upon row of stocking stitch.
All in all I think that there will be just enough interesting-ness as in learning new techniques and just enough telly stocking stitch in all three garments to keep me busy for a while and so I decided to knit all three.
Choosing the yarn for the cardigans has been quite intuitive, time will tell but I think the yarns fit the patterns quite well. The first two cardigans require 8ply/DK. I have had a mushroom coloured Jo Sharp Alpaca Kid Lustre in my stash for some time which initially I thought would be perfect for Coraline. However, after swatching I decided to knit the Coraline in the fennel green Wensleydale Longwool DK I purchased at baaramewe as it requires a smaller needle and the Wensleydale Longwool DK looks better knit on a smaller needle. The Alpaca Kid Lustre will therefore be used for Manu. Both yarns have a lovely sheen to them and an attractive bloom.
Tea Leaves requires an aran/10ply weight yarn and after knitting with the gorgeous Colinette Cadenza I wanted to try another Colinette yarn. I fell in love with some Colinette Art a wool/bamboo yarn in beautiful shades of grey called Thunder, given my love of a good thunderstorm how could I resist. The new header for the blog is a photo of the Colinette Art swatch.
The only thing I need now is way more knitting time, hopefully I will have them knit before spring/summer rolls around, so wish me luck. I’ll keep you all updated with the progress. The first to be cast on has been Coraline and I have just finished the hem. I have been waiting for some more cables and some 3.75mm nickel Knitpro interchangables for the Manu which I will pick up tomorrow and I’m waiting for a swift and yarn winder to wind the Colinette Art with.