He is not particularly scholarly at this point as most of the time he is more interested in his hands and toes … and trying to eat them … but this is one gorgeous cardigan never-the-less!
Lisa has done it again :) I had the pleasure of testing this sweet little cardigan over the past couple of weeks and enjoyed every minute of it.
Pattern: Storytime Scholar Cardigan by Lisa Chemery *pattern to be released soon!
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers in colour 2452
Needles: 6.5mm for the body and sleeves, 6.00mm for the collar and button band
This is a very sweet little cardigan. I love the colour on him, too. The length is perfect for the cooler weather as well since everything rids up on him at this point.
Can you see Charlie’s nose there in the corner? I am not sure if he was busy sniffing Tiny or the newly-washed-in-lanolin-and-must-be-tasty sweater … hmmm
There are a few things about this little sweater that I just love – the garter stitch elbow ‘pads’ are just darling and the 1×1 ribbed pockets are a wonderful finishing touch.
My favourite aspect of this little sweater, though, is the collar/button band – it is the reason I wanted to test knit this for Lisa. I completely fell in love with it at first sight. I just looove the combination of 1×1 rib and garter. What a wonderful idea!
It looks even more wonderful on him! I just love the subtle transition and the perfect shawl collar that it creates:
I know that I will get some questions about the yarn I chose to use. I was stash busting (again) and did not have enough of any Aran weight in my stash. Cascade 220 is a light worsted so the fabric that was produced on 6.5mm needles, while gauge to the pattern, is quite light weight and a little frustrating to seam (there is a small amount of seaming to finish the pockets) – but I expected this as I had knit with Cascade at a loose gauge before. I would have gone down another needle size if I knit this again for the button band as the garter is quite stretchy but other than that I am happy with the finished sweater. The nice thing about Cascade is that while light, it fluffs up nicely when given the chance so it worked nicely for this but if you like more substantial knitted fabric, this might not be the best choice of yarn for your project. It does not get very cold here in Vancouver so this will be perfect for Tiny through his first winter. Right, Tiny?
Finally, here is a photo of the finished sweater minus Tiny:
Next, onto holiday knitting. I`m almost finished! Are you doing any holiday knitting? Have you finished? How is it going?