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Monday, May 17, 2010

Another Something New

I'm kind of between socks right now (a bit socked-out to tell the truth), but I still needed to have a portable project for my waiting times. After I finished the last pair of socks a few weeks ago, I cast on for a pattern and the sample is blocking now (yes, there will be a new Pink Lemon pattern this week as soon as I finish editing the directions and get photos), so I needed a new project. Since I'm in a non-sock mood at the moment, I would ordinarily cast on for a simple shawl as the simpler ones are pretty portable, but I decided to start another cardigan - The Featherweight Cardigan to be exact. It's knit of laceweight yarn and its knit from the top down. The genius of the pattern is that you start with the same number of stitches, no matter which size you're making and you just stop increasing when you've hit your size. If you look through the projects for this pattern on Ravelry, you will see a huge number of variations on this design - mostly in the collar section, but some people have made it with fingering weight yarn or even DK weight yarn. I think (I'll know more once I've finished knitting it) this might be one of those patterns that can be used as a template to add different stitch patterns and different details to really make an endless variety of designs. I'm using some KnitPicks Shadow in Forest Heather that I've had in my stash for ages. It's pretty great for mindless stockinette because the markers remind me where to increase, making it easy to watch TV and knit.



Blogger CozyStitches said...

:D It's amazing that you are doing this sweater, I just cast on for it myself. :D I am one of the crazy ones who is doing it in fingering weight (specifically Bambaroo from yarn workshop). I had cast on in lace, but wasn't feeling the love, plus being a future teacher my wardrobe must be machine washable. :D

9:27 AM  
Blogger Kelly B. said...

I just CO this sweater a couple of days ago and am loving it. This is my first time to work with lace weight yarn (I've only been knitting for about 6 months.) I was a bit intimidated at first, but I think I've got the hang of it now. Can't wait to finish it!

10:02 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

This is a popular one! It's in my queue to knit. I'm giving up on lace shawls so I'll be knitting up my lace into cardigans and sweaters instead.

12:13 PM  

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