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So baby can come any time after today – I finished the cardigan I was working on that I was determined to finish prior to baby’s arrival! I know life/pregnancy doesn’t work that way but hey … I’m ready whenever baby’s ready :) I’m 39 weeks today actually.

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I just want to gush gush gush about this cardigan. I absolutely love it. It is my favourite-est knit EVER. Remember how I was feeling a bit mojo-less and wanting something inspiring to work on? I decided in a moment of weakness to go down to my LYS on Friday and see if there was something that would inspire me. I’ve wanted to make Acer since … Amy published the pattern, probably. I finished the last seam last night and let it dry overnight (thank goodness for warm summer weather!). My one-week cardigan!

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Pattern: Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers

Yarn: Malabrigo Arroyo in colourway 054 Escorias

Needles: 4.5mm for body & sleeves, 3.5mm for collar and seamed button bands

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The Arroyo is closer to a sport weight than a DK. The recommended needle size is 3.5-4mm but I swatched in 4.5mm, got gauge and liked the slightly loose fabric the swatch produced. I was a little nervous about how the lace and cables would look in the finished sweater but they turned out beautifully.

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The slightly more open lace leaves the cardigan feeling light and airy, not heavy and very pleasing to wear.

I tried a new technique that I now wish I had tried sooner. The seamed button band from Norah Gaughan is a great addition to this. I think it finishes the cardigan in a slightly cleaner way – and certainly looks very professional. And I love that you can’t see the buttonholes! Especially since I have no intention of ever buttoning this up :)

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The ‘formula’ I used for the button band was simple:

For the RIGHT front band, on 3.5mm needles (I used DPNs since there were so few stitches), I cast on 8 stitches.

Row 1 (WS): P2, (K1, P1) 3 times

Row 2 (RS): Sl1 Purlwise, work across in pattern as stitches appear.

Continue until desired length.

For the LEFT front band (buttonholes), repeat above cast on.

Row 1 (WS): Sl1 Purlwise, K1, P1, K1, P1, K1, P2

Row 2 (RS): Work across as stitches appear.

I wanted between 9-11 buttons. I placed the 1st on row 5 as follows:

Buttonhole Row (RS): K2, P1, SSK, YO, K1, P1, K1

When you reach the YO on the WS as you work back, just knit into it as you would if there wasn’t a buttonhole there as this keeps the 1×1 rib pattern going and disguises the buttonhole perfectly. Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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The only thing I will say about the sewn-on button bands is that they are a little finicky when you get to the top – you want the top edges to match up perfectly to create a beautiful edge and this took some re-knitting, ripping and re-seaming. Completely worthwhile though.

The buttons were from my stash and look perfect with this yarn. They are just cheap Countess Basic 99cent buttons :)

I hope that what you’re working on is going well & that you are loving the finished project too! I’d love to hear about it :)

4 thoughts on “favourite-est.

  1. Amazing Rachel! 39 wks pregnant and learning a new technique AND finishing a gorgeous cardigan in one week? Congrats! Take care and try to rest while waiting for your baby…

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