Monday, March 07, 2005

It's the Must-Have-taken-a-year-to-finish Cardigan!

wearing my heart on the wall

Here I am, rocking the self-timer on my camera to show you my new sweater. Did you even remember that I was making this? I knit the pieces last winter in Taipei but never got around to finishing it. I have since come to enjoy blocking and have gotten over my fear of seaming, so it was time. High time. Last night I sat down with the blocked pieces and all the supplies and got to seaming and knitting the button band. It took a lot longer than I'd figured it would (I may or may not have been up till four), but I finished all the knitting and sewing last night. This morning I added the buttons -- nice wooden buttons that actually came with the Peace Fleece Everyday Cardigan kit. Et voila!

front of the Must Have cardigan

back of the Must Have cardigan

I'm head over heels in love with this sweater. I'm a big cardigan fan, and I love how this one fits: not tight, not too loose, with longish arms. Here are the specs:

Pattern: Must Have Cardigan, from Patons Street Smart booklet
Size: large
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Merino (colour: Natural Mix)
Needles: various lengths of 5.0mm circulars
I know I shouldn't be so surprised, since I used the recommended yarn, but my sweater looks exactly like the one in the pattern book! Whee! I'm so pleased with this sweater -- and with the fact that I just went outside without a coat and survived -- that I feel like dancing.

cutting a rug


gray la gran said...

it's beautiful, and i just got my street smart book yesterday (though, i don't know when i'll cast on because i also just started another patons sweater pattern).
how has the classic merino held up? do you think it's a good value yarn and would you use it again?
thank you,

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sweetea said...

Heh! I love the Happy-and-in-Love-with-m'fancy-new-sweater dance shot! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

I'd bust a move too if I had knit a cardigan like that!

Annie said...

i may or may not have been up til 4 this morning too. had you known me, you could have called. i was knitting. ;)

your cardi rocks. fabulous!

Slipgal said...

I just started my own cardi from this pattern and it is pretty challenging. Rock on and dance away that you are done!It looks great.

thibeaux1369 said...

i love, love, love your MHC! amazing stitch definition, gorgeous all around. when i want to show people the sweater i am obsessing on, i show them your pictures. (ummmm.... i even borrowed one - credited to you for my blog. hope you don't mind terribly.) i'm going to start mine for the ravelympics and am chomping at the bit.