It took thousands of stitches in lace weight yarn, but it was worth it. Listen to me, I’m being so dramatic. A quick look at my Ravelry page shows me it only took about two months of working, off and on. I’m spoiled to rapid tv knitting that gives me a sweater in two weeks. Since this one took so long to make, you’ll have to stomach many, many sweater photos.
So, Featherweight, by Hannah Fettig, is my second sweater for the Summer Sweater Knitalong 2014 and my first entry for The Classic “Must Knit” Knitalong. I’m a full fledged member of the Featherweight Club now. 6743 of these have been made and logged into Ravelry. No telling how many more are floating around out there. It is easily one of the most knitted patterns I’ve ever queued up. But I’ve always hesitated to knit it because I wanted to lengthen the body and sleeves and knew that would take some time to work up.
I’ve already posted about my color inspiration, a painting inspired by the colors on the side of VHS tapes of the 80’s and 90s. I had such a big stack of those – collections of random 120 Minutes and Comic Strip episodes, along with every episode of China Beach. Ah, nostalgia.
So I found just the colors I needed in Jaggerspun Zephyr (curry and jade) and Madtosh Lace (shire). I balled each skein up, making my arm muscles totally ripped, and toted around 3000 yards of lace weight yarn for two months.
I used a size US 2.5 circular needle for a gauge of 6 sts/ 8 rows per inch, working the sleeves with magic loop. I made the size 35.25″ but expected it to block out to 36.5″ or so. I worked 20 rows per color until the bottom, where I worked 20 rows of the blue, then 20 more rows of blue ribbing on both body and sleeves.
(Like my necklace? It’s from Stephanie of Native Clutter.)
I did the recommended sleeve decreases, then worked the sleeves straight to be full length. I had originally added more decreases but didn’t like the look of them and reknit them. They appear more fitted in the upper arm than they actually are. The lace yarn has a clingy look but feels wonderfully stretchy and comfortable. I love the length on these sleeves, too. I blocked my sleeves and body out for width, not length, so I intentionally knit these longer than wrist length.
Oh, man! I cannot tell you how good it felt to stick this in the tub and then block it. It was a major sense of accomplishment. Plus, I can go back to worsted weight stuff, which is the new bulky for me.
(on my instagram)
My only mods were to do stripes and lengthen the cardigan. The pattern is pretty much perfect. I know I moaned quite a bit about lace weight sleeves on magic loop, but I’m so glad I did. Had this been knit in fingering weight, it would have gone faster, not only because the yarn is thicker, but also because it’s easier to knit and read with heavier yarn. Even so, I did get to a point where I could read The Well of Ascension and watch The Returned while working on this.
Okay, so I’ve made two Hannah Fettig designs. I’m a real knitter now!! I think she’s undeniably the master of loose and flowy cardigans. But there are other designs I love just as well, like Aproned Tank, Flugel, Bayside, Willard Fair Isle Pullover, and Lightweight Pullover. So much goodness.
So, yeah, I love it. The lace is lightweight and stretchy like the perfect leggings. The length will work great with any skinny legged thing I put on, and the colors are so, so great. I only pray I don’t immediately snag it on a drawer pull or a cat or something.