Finished: Little Black Cardigan

Pattern: The design is Ysolda’s, some of the maths is my own.

Size: 38″ bust.

Yarn: Elle Elite DK (50% cotton, 50% wool), 6 balls.

Needles: Addi Lace 3.75mm.

Tension: 22 sts and 30 rows to 4″x4″.

On Ravelry.

This cardigan marks a minor jump-off for me, because it’s the first time that I’ve felt really independent while knitting. When I decided that I wanted to finish the sweater even though I didn’t have the rest of the pattern, I committed to working it out for myself – not just the numbers and the shaping (which I considered a fearsome thing when it came to sleeve-cap and armhole, at least before I’d attempted it), but also the technique for seamless set-in sleeves. I looked up Maggie Righetti’s advice on sleeve shaping, I trusted to the innate forgivingness of knitted fabric, and I’m more than satisfied with what I came up with.

My grandma saw this while it was still on the needles, and said the following things: “That’s a skinny little thing”, “How do you cope with all those stitches at the same time?”, and “I don’t like those circular needles.” (There’s a reason for my grandma being more of a distant inspiration than an active mentor to my knitting career.) The fit and the shape are exactly what I was hoping for. Close, flattering, and easy to wear open, this is the perfect cardigan for throwing over pretty dresses and wearing with girly skirts. The lace edging and the eyelet rib are delightful, and the i-cord edging is a refined and unobtrusive way to finish off the design. I picked out buttons for it, but I don’t know whether I’ll attach them – as the cardigan stands, it’s perfect for me.

3 thoughts on “Finished: Little Black Cardigan

  1. Wow that’s fantatsic! I love it and want one myself, you are so clever :-D That carzy tiger-like cat is pretty cool too. Is that a normal cat?

    (sorry about turning my attention away from the amazing cardigan and obsessing over a cat :-s)

  2. That’s my cat Boo! He isn’t at all normal, he’s both psychotic and a Bengal. I am so proud he has been associated with such top notch knitwear.

  3. Hugely impressive maths skills: I’m far too lazy to attempt my own patterns. Looks like a great transition piece for this damn shoddy weather we’ve had, so hopefully it’ll get a lot of wear. I want that cat, too.

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