Saturday, July 2, 2011

Summertime Cardigan


Another sweater has come off my needles.  It’s getting to be quite a sweatshop around here as I finish one thing after another at warp speed.  You can imagine the state of the house…


I had it done up to the yoke weeks ago, but there was something daunting about it, 350 stitches done in ribbing.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t really love knitting ribbing.  It’s something about all that back and forth, it just seems to slow everything down. 


I love choosing buttons.  Except I never really have eleven buttons that are all the same.  Well, compromise is okay, and these are close enough.  100_7862a

I believe I have enough white four-hole shirt buttons to last me an entire lifetime. 


This is that sweater I always need when the sky turns to twilight and the sand starts to cool, and my sunburned shoulders get a little chilly, but I want to stay around the bonfire just a little while longer, because someone just started playing my favorite song. 


The pattern is Leah’s Lovely Cardigan by Leah Mitchell, from the book More Last Minute Knitted Gifts, the yarn is KnitPicks Palette in Green Tea, knit on US size 2 and 3 needles.  I will be wearing this one a lot.


  1. That is gorgeous! We could never wear that here in our hot summers. Spring, yes, but summer, no. Triple digits here today. Have a lovely weekend.

  2. How beautiful! Clothing in general seems too fiddly for me, but you so such a beautiful job. Your button stash looks like mine. A million buttons that fit the same general category, but few real matches. A matched set of buttons just wouldn't fit on a handknit sweater, anyway. :)

  3. Kristen the sweater is gorgous!!!!! Absolutely perfect. The color is fantastic and the knitting excellent. Well done.

  4. can you mail me your address very muchly xx

  5. What a pretty cardi! Love the yoke-thingey.

  6. Your sweater is beautiful; you do such nice work.

  7. Your sweater and sampler turned out beautiful! The orange necklace looks pretty against the green. By the way, I know what you mean about working in the garden. We also live in the country. This year I managed to get in a few tomato plants and that's it. I would much rather be creating with needle or hook, than a shovel.

  8. Really, really pretty and I love the colour too xx

  9. I absolutely love your cardi - it's fabulous!!!!

  10. Oh my goodness I need to learn how to knit now!!! This is beautiful!