There was doubt in my mind every time I walked past my table and saw this cardigan. But blocking dispelled it and now I can get on with my summer projects and we can all eat at the table again. It does, indeed, fit.
This is a contiguous sweater (contiguous is my new favorite knitting technique) from Isabell Kraemer whose patterns and finished objects I love, love, love. Each one looks like a new favorite sweater.
I originally wanted this to look a little shrunken in fit, but after dealing with gauge problems and fearing it would be too big, I am happy that it fits like a normal cardigan on me. Only it is sooo much nicer than something I’d buy at Target.
I also included one purl st “seam” on the sides and inner arm of the sweater after reading that some knitters feared all of the stockinette becoming a bit twisted and shapeless over time. I don’t know that anyone’s did, but I liked the idea for extra structure, so I included it.
It’s not all that difficult, it just seemed to take some real effort- from finding enough yarn locally, to finding the right needle size/gauge, to knitting it on tiny needles.
It didn’t help that I’d zone out as we drove north for vacation and forgot to carry my contrast color down the body or forgot to even switch colors when I should. There is a fifth button somewhere between Texas and Tennessee. I’m hiding it’s absence in these photos.
The end result was worth the effort, though. I love this sweater! The garter stitch yoke makes it special, along with the I cord bind off along the edge of the collar. It’s also a practical weight for winter in Texas. However, it’s not winter right now and as soon as these photos were shot, it was back to the wife beaters and soccer shorts for me. Now, for some summer tops knit in front of a fan with an iced coffee.