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Year of Projects 2023: Week 18

First up this week, I finished my Copenhagen Cardigan. This is a great little classic cardigan with a slightly cropped shape and pockets. Pattern design is by Petite Knit and while it is a pretty straightforward cardigan, this pattern is written assuming you understand some construction basics, so I’m not sure I would suggest it as a true beginner sweater knitter pattern. I knit mine using 1 strand of Rauma Finullgarn and 1 strand of Rauma Plum and I love the finished fabric. It’s a bit rustic perhaps for some folks’ tastes, but I think it’s going to wear much better than a superwash wool and the mohair strand of Plum does soften it up a bit. I’m also quite in love with the heathery red-purple achieved with the yarn blend.

For those of you who asked about pockets, these are easy to work. I think I like the version where you put the stitches on a holder and come back and knit the pocket up so you have a ribbed (or otherwise flat) edging rather than this version which gives the pockets three layers of fabric and no specific turning row to create a crisp line for the edge. I do love pockets in a garment tho, so it was a good exercise to try this version but if I make this design again, I’ll probably substitute in my preferred method.

I’ve already worn this on Friday – thanks to a late season wind/snow storm that rolled in for a while Friday morning – and it was lovely, lightweight, warm and cozy.

Other in-progress things I’m working on right now include:

  1. I pulled out the Spirea shawl, which was the first kit from the yearly club from A Verb for Keeping Warm that I started during Cast-on Madness in January. It’s an interesting project with a fairly simple knit/purl texture pattern in a khaki green and then you embroider little 4-petal flowers in a peachy-yellow color over the top. Not much progress yet and I’m not sure I’m satisfied with how the instructions tell you to do the embroidery but I did a few sample one just to try it out.
  2. Austermann Step self-striping socks. I’ve got sock 1 finished and sock 2 is done through the leg, so just the heel to add, and the foot to work and this pair will be done.
  3. I’m also trying to put a few rows in, here and there, on my scrappy sock-yarn-weight Granny Stripe Blanket. I miscounted the clusters which then threw off several rows, but I’ve ripped those out and redone and added a few more. I love how the colors in this work together.

I’ve also finished up a skein of handspun. This is the first half of two 4.9 oz braids of a 64-count merino roving from PortFiber in the “Luna Lovegood” colorway. I spun up a 2-ply finished yarn that puffed up to about a heavy fingering/sportweight yarn after it’s bath. I have about 455 yards in this skein so I’m thinking once the second half is finished, I should have enough for a Ranunculus from this. (And I might …. or might not… carry along some mohair/silk with it, but we’ll see when I get there.) Additionally, I finished up my 2K stitch challenge for this month on Winter’s Encounter and I’m creeping up on the 60% mark which I think I’ll reach in May (or pretty close).

Have a great week, YOP’ers!

21 thoughts on “Year of Projects 2023: Week 18

  1. Hope you have a great trip. Your cardigan is gorgeous!! The pockets look great. I’m not one for solids so I love the tonal look. Your projects on needles look fun so something to look forward to. Your spun yarn looks like it will make a beautiful Ranunculus.

  2. That sweater looks perfect for your cool mornings and evenings. The self striping sock color us pretty. Your xs is moving along. 2K stitches is a lot. I am impressed you do that in a month.

  3. That sweater is gorgeous. I have only made one sweater so not sure I am advanced enough to make that one but I do love their patterns! The shawl with the embroidery is such a feminine touch. The socks are looking good and I adore that blanket!
    It looks like you have made a lot of progress with the XS….gorgeous!
    Have a great week!

    1. You could work this one, I’d guess. And if you decide to give it a go, I’m happy to help! I really like the classic look of it. πŸ™‚ Hope your week is off to a great start!

  4. The cardigan is beautiful. I do like that color. The other knitting looks nice too. I am knitting some fingerless mitts from early handspun and finding that a strand of mohair a nice addition. It certainly smooths out the thick and thin of this spindle spun yarn.

  5. Well I love that cardigan, the colour, I prefer rustic to superwash yarn and it’s very much a classic smart go with work trousers, skirt or jeans so super practical. I bet this gets worn a lot.

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