Thursday, September 24, 2009

Poison Cardigan

I have a backlog of sweaters to share, but I'll start with this one. It's based on Cameo, a pattern by Wendy Bernard from Custom Knits. In the spirit of the book, I tweaked the pattern by changing the neckline to a wide scoop, adding waist shaping, and knitting it in stockinette with baby cable ribbing for the button bands.

The bulk of this cardigan was knit while the boy drove us up the northern coastlines of California and Oregon, a lovely kayaking/camping/microbrew pub sampling trip I should share at some point. I even knit for hours while he was driving us on a 4x4 trail, hence my decision to knit this in stockinette!

I still think I prefer knitting top down raglans, but this may be influenced by my frustration at the set in sleeves, afterthought sleeves, on this pattern. The sleeve cap shaping wasn't hard, but it did require a little more concentration than I had available on "rip the sleeve" day.

Since I used 1/2" buttons, I used eyelets, yarn overs, for buttonholes. I just had to remember to k2tog on the next row. Sewing on the buttons wasn't as tedious as I thought it would be, thanks to wonderful tutorials such as this one.

Top down sweaters are nice for us tweaky types who knit on the fly! I'm hooked!

The Dirty Details

Pattern: Based on Cameo by Wendy Bernard
Size: XS
Yarn: 4 balls of RYC Cashsoft DK, colorway Poison
Needles: Hiyahiya interchangeable circulars, US Size 7 and 5


  1. How funny...I was just trying to decide whether or not I should buy Wendy's book today. Looks like I will after seeing your sweater. Really pretty :)

  2. Beautiful sweater. I'm a raglan top down fan too but this one might change my mind.

  3. I love the cabled collar. That is so pretty. When you do your yarn-over for the button hole, do you have to wait until the next row for your K2tog? I've always done a yo, k2tog right away.

    I think my next sweater will have to be a top down. Elizabeth Zimmermann is calling my name!

  4. I really love your blog. I found it while searching for recipes for Vietnamese yogurt and spent a few hours reading old posts. I have now added root beer to my list of cooking projects.



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