Monday, April 4, 2011

Emily Bronte’s Favorite Cardigan


The rain is lashing the bare branches outside and the yard looks like the set from Wuthering Heights, so I think I have a cozy new sweater at just the right time. I don’t know when spring will really get here, but I’m beginning to think maybe never, so the wool sweater factory is still cranking at full throttle.


This dressmaker’s form has some pretty ridiculous linebacker shoulders that I can’t seem to adjust, but you can get the idea. I started with Debbie O’Neill’s Paperboy Cardigan from the winter/spring 2011 issue of Knitscene, and except for changing the seed stitch sections to stockinette, I made the back and fronts according to her pattern. The sleeves, though, are written as semi-drop shouldered, which don’t flatter anybody me, and that necessitated a remodel, so I started from scratch and made up my own sleeves. The yarn is Patons Classic Merino, recycled from a failure sweater I knit last spring.


I love gray cabled cardigans. This one makes four. Gray cabled cardigans I’ve knitted. For myself. Might be time to branch out a little.


It’s already missing a button. I can’t wait to wear this.