a workshop in yarn versus pattern.

I’m re-posting this because I had a good brainstorm with my sister-in-law about it. We decided that while the cream is nice, a blue might look better underneath just to neutralize, rather than highlight the cream in the yarn. She was right! I love the cardigan with this denim hued blue beneath it – I think it actually does the cardigan more justice:


This was a ton of knitting!

atelier 2

I started this cardigan in the late Spring and it progressed very quickly until tiny tuna was born, and of course, everything came to a grinding halt. I have been thoroughly enjoying him – our mornings and his bath time are definitely the highlights of the day – but getting some time to myself to finish this last weekend and this has been really wonderful.

atelier 3

Pattern: Atelier by Heidi Kirrmaier

Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina in colour Parchment (3.5 skeins)

Needles: 4.00mm for the body, 3.75mm for the i-cord and garter edgings

garter yoke seam

I have worked many sweaters with a slipped stitch, i-cord edge down the front but for whatever reason, on this cardigan mine ended up being very very tight. It loosened slightly with blocking but I have to admit, it’s a little bit too tight for my liking. I do, however, like the shape it gives the sweater and with the interesting construction for the yoke, I think it really suits the cardigan. I think the yoke is my favourite part of this sweater – it’s definitely what drew me to it in the first place.

garter sleeve

The other details about this cardigan like the pockets and garter edging on the sleeves are interesting details that I think make it a great knit.


As you can probably tell, I’m not gushing about this cardigan. It wasn’t the pattern – Heidi’s patterns are fantastic and this was no exception! The fit is absolutely perfect.


I am going to knit this again but in a solid or heather … you knew I was going to say that didn’t you? I loved loved this yarn when I bought it in February on our annual trip to Tofino. Unfortunately, it has ended up being a little bit disappointing as the colours next to the cream within the yarn just scream at you, rather than blending together for a subtle look. It’s very difficult to wear anything but cream under this as anything you put with it (even pale blue or grey) competes with the yarn. I guess that’s okay – I have several cream shirts – but I am not sure that I would buy with colourway again given what I know now about how it knits up.


That said, the garter and this colourway are striking – I do love the pockets, yoke and sleeves … I think with some wear this cardigan will grow on me. I’ll let you know :)

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