Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Glentrekker, or: the cardigan of my dreams

 
 
 
Really, I don't have to say a word, do I?  The photos of this just tell you the whole story.  Those cables, that shawl collar, those super-long sleeves, oh my goodness.  This cardigan is The One.  This perfect pattern is Glentrekker by Jennifer Hagan, and it only took as long as it did because I worked on other things at the same time.  It was endlessly interesting and engaging as a project, and while there were moments where I needed complete silence in order to concentrate on the different rates of decreasing at the armhole, raglans, and neckline all at once, it was never difficult.  And, well, just looooook at the finished result.  Guys, I want to wear this, I want to wear this right now, and every day.  The yarn (oh man, this is the best part) is an unknown who-knows-what, bought at the thrift store, ten long sausage-shaped vintage skeins of it for four dollars.  It is creamy, natural, DK-weight wool, and probably came as part of a kit for either a pretty big sweater or possibly a blanket--somebody had rolled some of it into a ball, probably in an unravel, and then gave up on the whole thing.  For four dollars, I was willing to gamble that it would be wool, so when I got it home, I tested it by setting the end of a piece of it on fire.  Wait!  Hold on!  Safety first!  If you're going to do this, do it over the sink:  take a three-inch length of the yarn in question, and light one end of it.  Let it catch and burn for a second, then blow it out.  If what's left on the end of the yarn is a hard ball of melted plastic that doesn't easily break off, you have acrylic (or maybe a mostly-acrylic blend).  If what's left looks like a ball, but crumbles away when you touch it, you've got wool.  (Another way to tell is to try felting it--I did this too, eventually, when joining one skein to the next.  If it felts together with any kind of alacrity, it's wool.  Plastic won't felt.)   I love this thing, so much.  Normally, the beginning of Pumpkin Spice Season makes this beach-loving summer girl a little bit sad, but whoo!  This cardigan.  I can see how a chilly day might not be so bad.  

21 comments:

  1. Well done! Wear it in good health!

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  2. You have made another beautiful knit. The fit is perfect.

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  3. That has to be the best $4 ever spent! Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous cardi! And it fits perfectly!

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  4. What a bargain.........and WHAT a sweater. Well done........again!!!

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  5. It is beautiful. I like the neckline shaping. Clever!

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  6. Gorgeous, as always. Love the extra-long sleeves - you'll always be cozy.

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  7. totally gorgeous! love the shapely curves it gives you too! wow & what a score $4! awesome!
    love those cables
    thanx for sharing

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  8. Wow - could a pattern possibly be more complex! Gorgeous execution, perfect fit, and you seem to be getting thinner and thinner, to boot. Amazing - love it!

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  9. I am in awe of your talent, a stunning knit.

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  10. You have such a good eye. What an incredible bargain for that lovely wool. It's a fabulous sweater.

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  11. Of your dreams? but it isn't grey! it is lovely and cosy looking though. Jo xx

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  12. That is one of the loveliest sweaters I've ever seen. I love finding yarn at thrift stores!

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  13. Oh my, it demands a rainy day and a couch by a window and a book and something hot to sip! Really beautiful.

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  14. The fit is so perfect!!! I'm so impressed. And even more impressed at your amazingly cheap wonderful yarn! I always take a gander at the yarn in the thrift stores, but wow, you really hit the jackpot.

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  15. I love this. All it needs is a tartan kilt and it takes me back to my favourite look of 1970.

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  16. it is a superb cardigan and you are an amazing knitter!!! it is absolutely gorgeous by itself and on you, so Congratulations !!! I am sure it will be wonderful to wear when it becomes a bit cooler. take care from Iowa

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  17. I luv it! Beautiful!

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