The Red Cardigan

I haven’t had any knitting to show you for a while, because I’ve been knitting away on a couple of big projects. I’ve almost finished the Wingspan shawl – I’ve knit the wing tips and cast off half of the shawl width. I have to do the other side, then block it, so I should have that to show you soon.

Here’s a progress report on my red cardigan in Koigu KPPPM. I’m working on the collar right now – you can see my needle in the stitches – then have just the sleeves to knit.

Lunenberg Cardigan knit in Koigu KPPPM by Deborah Cooke

Once again, the colour looks a lot more pink in this image than it actually is. The yarn is a wonderful rich red and not very pink at all. (I talked about that in my last post about this project.) It actually matches the currant jelly I made this week. 🙂

The pattern is the Lunenberg cardiganhere’s a Ravelry link. The pattern is included in By Hand Serial #9 – you can see more about that publication on their website, here.

I’ve made some changes. Instead of ribbing on the hem, button bands and collar, I’m using garter stitch – mostly because I love how garter stitch shows off the colours of Koigu. I made a mistake in my calculations for the button band – there are supposed to be 8 buttons on the button band and one in the collar, but the way I figured it out, there are 9, plus the one in the collar. I’m not going to rip it back because I have another card of these buttons. Here’s my project page on Ravelry.

I am loving the softness and the colours of this yarn – which means, yes, we’ll be making another trip to the Koigu tent sale this August.

What do you think?

Red Koigu KPPPM Cardigan

It’s Fibre Friday again, and time to peek in on my knitting projects. Progress on my Wingspan shawl came to shuddering halt this week, when I realized I would run out of yarn. You might remember that I went up a needle size and wondered if I’d run out. Well, I will. So, I stopped knitting and ordered another skein of the same yarn – it’s Briar Rose Fibers Sea Pearl. The yarn is 50% merino and 50% tencel, and has a lovely sheen. I didn’t think that mixing in another yarn even for the border would look right.

The colour and dye lot aren’t marked on mine and it’s been aging in the stash for so long that there’s no way the colour would match anyway. I had a look at their website and think mine might be colour 1841. (It’s also possible that it’s a colour they don’t dye anymore.) I ordered a skein of 1901 (it’s on the second page of colour samples) which is a grey. It looks quite similar to mine but without the pink, which should make the hem look a bit darker. And the grey is probably the same dye.

While that project is on hold, I wanted to knit something other than socks. I had another poke through my needle stash and found a pair of 3.5mm circulars. Yay! They’re only 60 cm long, but that’s plenty for a cardigan knit in pieces. You know what happened next – I cast on the Lunenberg Cardigan in my red Koigu.

Here’s what it looks like so far:

Back of Lunenberg Cardigan knit in Koigu KPPPM by Deborah CookeIt’s interesting how pink this shot looks on my computer. The yarn is actually a gorgeous variegated cherry red and I just love it.

The colour number is 329. I had a look at the colours on Koigu’s site, and it looks even more vividly pink there. It looks more like #859 on this page.

This cardigan is knit top down but in pieces – this is the back from the shoulders down. I have a few more inches to go before doing the ribbing (which will give me time to decide whether to knit ribbing or another edge) but I’m very happy with how it’s coming out.

What do you think?

My Juicy Gloss Cardigan

A while back, I showed you the cardigan I was knitting from Koigu KPPPM, using the pattern called Juicy Gloss. (That’s a Ravelry link.)

Juicy Gloss cardigan knit by Deborah Cooke in Koigu KPPPM

I’ve finally finished knitting the body of this one and have it off the needles so I can show it to you again.

Here’s the older post. It shows the colour of the yarn better than these new pix do – here, it looks a lot more mauve than it is. And here’s the front:

This is a looooooong sweater. A big part of that is because of the changes I made to the front at the top. If you look at the pix for the pattern, you can see that the fronts are much shorter in the original design. I didn’t think this was as flattering as I wanted it to be, so added rows of stockinette to the front at the top as I was doing the raglan increases. In the original design, there isn’t any stockinette on the fronts: the lace starts at the raglan line. I like this better.

Juicy Gloss cardigan knit by Deborah Cooke in Koigu KPPPMHere’s the back of the cardigan. It’s hard to see in the variegated yarn, but there’s a garter stitch ridge at th waist, then there are increases to flare the lower half of the sweater. In an ideal universe, that garter ridge should be just above the waist, I think. Because of my increases to the front, mine is about an inch below my waist. This is less flattering than would be ideal, but I’m not going to rip it back.

I’m quite impressed that the yarn didn’t pool at all. It’s beautifully soft, so soft that I know I could wear it next to my skin.

I haven’t knitted the sleeves yet: you can see that I’ve put my sleeve stitches on circular needles already.

Juicy Gloss cardigan knit by Deborah Cooke in Koigu KPPPMHere’s a picture from the side. You can see that swooping angle of the waistline, which is a very pretty feature. If I knit this again with the same modifications to the front (ha), I’d make the back waist swoop across closer to the point where the lace ends at the sides. There are short rows shaping the back, and I’d knit a lot fewer of them. That would bring up the waist.

And now, on to the sleeves! I feel as if I’ve been knitting this sweater forever, but progress should be quicker now.

I really like the I-cord edging on this cardigan. It’s on the fronts, worked as you go, and the hem is bound off with I-cord. That makes a lovely neat finish all around.

One thing that puzzles me about this pattern is the name of it. I read the pattern notes again and wonder if it’s a reference to the yarn used in the sample photographed for the pattern – it’s a beautiful red, which she calls “juicy”, maybe because the color is reminiscent of ripe cherries. (?)

What do you think of the sweater so far?