Hebrides Cardigan

This is a cardigan that I finished this week – I love it so much that I wore it before taking a photograph of it! It’s knit in my favourite yarn, Rowan Kidsilk Haze, in one of the KSH Stripe colourways, Twilight. As you can see, this yarn is self-striping, which is another of my fave concepts in yarn.

In addition, I think this is the first time I’ve ever knit a pattern not just in the specified yarn (no substitutions here) but in the colour illustrated. Here it is:


And here’s the pattern, called Hebrides, which is a free download from the Rowan website. It’s in stockinette stitch with moss stitch borders – the colour in the yarn does all the work of making it beautiful. I used more buttons than the pattern did, but that was just about my only change. I really like abalone buttons, and they look particularly good here. šŸ™‚

This sweater is so wonderful. It’s light and soft, yet very very warm. Perfect!

I’m going to knit another, because I know I’ll wear this one so much. I already have more KSH Stripe in the Cool Colourway. I did knit another cardi in KSH Stripe in the Forest colourway, but I don’t wear it at all. The difference is that it has a sweetheart neckline, which looked great in the pattern photo but doesn’t look right over shirts and blouses. (The model was wearing it without a blouse underneath.) So, before I cast on the Cool cardi, I’m going to frog and reknit the fronts of the Forest one, to give it the same neckline as this one. I’m not really looking forward to that job, but it will be worth it in the end.

What do you think?

4 thoughts on “Hebrides Cardigan

  1. Even though I’m not a knitter (I’m a weaver) I love reading your knitting posts because the geekery is the same. šŸ™‚


    • LOL Kim. I took a weaving class when I was in college and really loved it. I couldn’t figure out where to put a loom, though. Knitting should be require less space, although my stash is ridiculous.


  2. I love it! I also feel your pain. After hesitating for more than two years, I am contemplating a painful frogging task. One of my designs that is all written complete with two samples ready for photography has oddly shaped fronts that have bugged me since I finished the first front. In order to fix it, I need to frog the deep border, then both fronts, and reknit them and the border back on in a shape I do like. Either that, or I need to just go with the curvy fronts as they are. In fact, the more I think about frogging them, the easier it seems just to publish them as is and write another pattern. I’ll need to find a full-figured model.


    • Thanks Diana.

      Once something is bugging me, I have to frog it. I suspect part of the reason I haven’t worn the other cardi is that right from the outset, I thought about frogging the fronts to redo the neckline. So, I might as well get to it!


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