Hi friends, happy 2020! I hope you have had a healthy and happy start to the year! Here’s my version of the Sunday Cardigan by Petite Knit.
This is not my most recent make, I actually knit this in September of last year, partly during our blissful camping trip at Featherdown Farms in the New Forest near Fordingbridge. For anyone unfamiliar with Featherdown Farms they are a glamping experience situated on working farms in locations all across the U.K. and some in Europe. It was Jack’s first time camping and it was SO MUCH FUN! He loved his little cupboard bed and drinking hot chocolate and toasting marshmallows. He also had great fun on the farm tour feeding the farm animals and collecting eggs. We had perfect late summer weather that allowed for plenty of outdoor knitting.
I knit the cardigan with one strand of Drops Alaska yarn in the shade Pearl Grey Mix, held with two strands of Dandelion & Dogwood Featherdown in the colour She’s Naked which is a natural ivory. The Alaska yarn is somewhat rustic but not at all scratchy or irritating and being 100% new wool it is wonderfully warm. This is the warmest cardigan I have ever knit.
I chose to omit the buttonholes that feature on the pattern, this was in part because I somehow managed to knit one stitch too few on the left button band without noticing! Don’t ask me how this happened! To remedy the imbalance between the button bands I added an i-cord bind off down the front. This also made the cardigan sit better on me. Prior to the addition of the i-cord the front edge was not lying flat. I wonder if this was a side-effect of the Alaska being somewhat thicker than the suggested yarn and knitting into a denser fabric. Knitting the i-cord on a smaller needle and not picking up every stitch really clinched in the front edge.
Once Spring arrives I envisage myself reaching for this cardigan instead of a jacket. I am excited to throw it on over dresses; for now it’s great layered over tees and under thick coats!
I would recommend this pattern to an ambitious beginner knitter, it is relatively simple and nice and quick. I would suggest using the recommended yarn however, or maybe just using the Alaska without any mohair!
Have you knit anything by Petite Knit? I think her Saturday Night Sweater is next for me!
See you soon