Today is Easter Sunday. The kids and I enjoyed a lovely ham dinner, with maple frosted spice cupcakes and maple walnut ice cream for dessert. I always make ham for Easter. It's a spring thing. Same deal with the maple. There must be maple in Easter dinner. I think it's a genetic requirement for someone whose background is half French Canadian. Yumm
I've been perusing the knitting mags again. Taking a bit of a sock break because I am having an issue with the herringbone rib socks I very much want to have and my actual ability to create said socks. They're in time out until they decide to be lots more cooperative. It's springtime though, which means sunny blue skies and crisp air. To a knitter that spells C A R D I G A N.
Here are the candidates - in no particular order at this point.
Vogue Knitting Spring 2010 (very nice issue by the way, lots of knittable stuff)
Now, I am certainly not a 6 foot tall woman with flawless skin the colour of rich milk chocolate (no wonder this model won "America's Next Top Model") but this is a cardigan that would suit just about any body. It's knit top down, so controlling overall length and especially sleeve length is easy. The circular yoke eliminates raglan lines. It's plain stockinette, so requires nothing more of me than a row counter and is otherwise completely knittable on autopilot.
I swatched, and learned how to do the 2 colour cable (meh) so my version will be done on 5mm bamboo needles using a very pretty clear spring green Butterfly 10 mercerized cotton with ecru contrast. I have all the way to the bottom hem before I need to decide if I'll do the bands/hems in ecru as well.
Sienna Cardigan from Interweave Knits (Included in a Free Download e-book "7 Free Cardigan Patterns") and also published in the magazine somewhere.
This cardi has much that I'm looking for in a warm transition garment. It wants to be wool. I like the almost dainty shawl collar with it's stepwise bindoffs that create the look of picots. The deeply ribbed band and gentle shaping will ensure a comfortable fit that will look good over time. I love the very easy to do, but complicated to look at fagotted lace cable on the fronts. Again, this is nearly all stockinette which makes for easy fast knitting.
I swatched this on 5.5 mm using Elann Highland Chunky in "Red Maple" (a beautiful heathered red). It's lovely. Although I'm sure I would wear this sweater for the winter/spring transition, the colour and chunky wool say fall/winter to me.
Cerisara... another lovely creation from the talented mind of Bonne Marie (www.chicknits.com)
A ravelry knitalong started nearly the day the pattern came out. I like this on for several reasons as well. It's top down and seamless which to my mind makes for easy knitting and better fitting lightweight sweaters that don't need to rely on seams for structure. The lace pattern adds interest and texture and helps to define a waist. The gently rolled collar and lack of fasteners make this an easy to wear cover up to ward off the chill. Knit from DK yarn at a worsted guage, Cerisara will be lightweight and airy. Although perfect for spring/summer this is a cardigan that could easily be worn year round.
I swatched using Scholler Merino Soft in a pale neutral beige. The hand is light, with nice drape but will be warm enough for a chilly summer evening. I joined the knitalong, but haven't cast on yet.
Poplar and Elm from the spring issue of Twist Collective
This is a stunning lace cardigan knit in the traditional way - 5 pieces, bottom up. The pattern has sizes from 28.5" to 50.5" and sizing is further fine-tuned by adjusting the button placement. For a rather short (I'm 5'2") well endowed (36D) narrow waisted but larger hipped (forget it) woman, this cardigan is designed in heaven. It would be a bit of a labour of love both because of the lace patterns, a closed one for the body and a similiar but open pattern for the sleeves, and it's fine guage. The recommended yarn is 3 ply light sport weight which to me says something heavier than sock yarn but lighter than most DK. I suspect something like KPPM could be subbed in but mine (yes, I have enough of one dyelot to make this) is variegated blues and this pattern must have a solid yarn or there's really no point. The stash does have a rather large quantity of very fine (fingering/lace) alpaca. I'm thinking I could run that millspun through my wheel to make my own 3 ply alpaca....... This is definitely a long term project but would be truly gorgeous.
What do you think? Do you have a favourite? Would you make any of these? Why, or why not? I would love to hear your opinions.
Meanwhile, it's Easter, a time of rebirth, renewal, rejeuvenation, and retail therapy. The kids are off soon to spend the afternoon and evening with their dad and his family. I'm going to have some time. It's all good.