Project – Carmela's Cardigan
Patons Pattern Book #500860 – Top Down Classics
Yarn – Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Sea Ice Tweeds
Blogger – YoElizbo
This time of year all I want is a warm sweater. Never mind that my magnolia is blooming, the daffodils are up, and despite the unseasonably warm weather out here in the Pacific Northwest this winter (sorry about the slushy Winter Olympics!) it has turned cold all of a sudden. March is never nice, and so it is the perfect month to be cuddling up with sweater knitting. While I may only get to wear this a handful of times before next winter, at least I can start next winter in style with Patons Carmela's Cardigan from Top Down Classics to Knit.
I've been in love with that vertical cabled neckline for some time now, so when I saw Carmela, the pattern had me at "hello." Knit in Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds--which by the way is incredibly soft and lovely to knit with--I knew this would be a fast knit--even with the intricate cables. I know some people get a little jumpy or nervous about what look like really tricky cables, but they aren't that hard. Besides, the neckline acts like one big practice swatch, so by the time you finish with it, you are the Cable Master. Here is a close up of the neck line cable:
This also shows the color the best, which is Patons Shetland Chunky Tweeds in Sea Ice.
Because instead of casting on for the big sweater, you cast on less than two dozen stitches and knit those to the right length. Yeah, like I said, one big swatch. Here is mine:
You might notice that I have already picked up the stitches to start knitting the body, but you get the idea--knit a long strip, then pick up along the edge and knit down. When I did the pick up along the edge, I divided the number of stitches by four and then mark the cabled strip accordingly. I do this to avoid just picking up randomly and hoping that by the end I have enough stitches. Even with the markers, I used that old rule of 2 stitches for every 3 rows and that helped keep it even.
A couple of tips on this project if you get all enamored and want to knit one--if only to have something warm at night to curl up with until Spring really gets around to warming us all up--get an extra skein of yarn and make sure you read the erratum. The yarn amounts in the book are incorrect--the ones for the Shetland Chunky and the Tweed Chunky are reversed and even then, I would suggest again, getting an extra skein of yarn beyond that. There is also an updated chart for the cables. Make sure to print that out before you get started.
So this is how I am spending my March. Are you still in the throes of winter knitting or are spring and summer projects beckoning?