Summery Striped Cardigan

Posted on by Mary Heather


I'm back in Albuquerque after my trip! It was a great vacation, and I didn't have a chance to blog at all... I barely got any knitting done, either.  Family time trumped everything else, which is how it should be, really. I'm still sorting through my pictures from the trip and uploading them to Flickr, slowly but surely, and I'll post a trip recap (or maybe two - we were all over the place) as soon as possible. In the meantime, I wanted to share a few pictures of my finished striped cardigan! I blocked it in time to bring on my trip but didn't have a chance to weave in the ends until we were driving down to Santa Barbara. My brother Brian kindly took a few quick photos just before we all left the rental house on Sunday to drive up to Hearst Castle - thanks Brian! 


Project Details (also on Ravelry):

  • Pattern: None, really - just a basic top-down raglan, worked in an airy gauge for the yarn (20 sts/30 r = 4" or 10 cm) with 8-row stripes: 6 rows stockinette in the main color, then a garter ridge in the contrast color. The hems and edging are all worked in garter stitch.
  • Yarn: The Plucky Knitter Primo Fingering. I'm absolutely in love with her colors now! Though I washed and blocked my swatch like a Very Good Knitter, the yarn grew a surprising amount when I washed the sweater. A little time in the dryer and it shrunk right back up and got its springiness back: yay superwash! I was a little conservative with the dryer time (better safe than sorry) but I think I'll throw it in for a bit longer, even, the next time I wash it. They yarn looked perfect even after being tumbled around on low.

This was a complete process knit for me, to the point where I almost didn't care what the finished sweater looked like or how it fit while I was making it, so it feels like a bonus to have a cozy sweater I like at the end! I do think the sleeves are a bit wider than my ideal, but they don't bother me enough to rip and redo. As is, the sweater is comfortable and wearable: soft, drapey, and flowy when worn open, which was the goal. It also turned out long enough that I could belt it or close it with a shawl pin for a more fitted, flattering look. I enjoyed working with the yarn very much, so I'm happy!