March 27, 2010
This is, by far, my favorite sweater that I've ever knit - I'm sure the handspun has something to do with that, but even without that extra added attraction, I adore this cardigan - the fit is just perfect, the stitch patterns are simple- yet so attractive, the hood has already come in handy on a cold windy walk this morning and I forgot how beautifully set-in sleeves fit - no pulling, stretching, bunching. I love everything about it - Thank you Bonne Marie for your excellent, well written patterns.
This was by no means consistently spun yarn, but it was so forgiving when knit up that I can hardly tell. I used the thinnest skein for the ribbing/button bands, the several consistent middle skeins for the body, next thickest for arms and very thickest skein for the hood.
Pattern: Cassidy by Bonne Marie Burns of Chic Knits
Yarn: 22 ounces of 3 ply Handspun Oatmeal BFL from Paradise Fibers.
Needles: Circular sizes US 6 (for ribbing and bands) and US7 (for body/arms/hood)
Extra info and mods:
1.Knit the back and 2 fronts all together on a 40" circular needle and knit both sleeves together too. This makes perfect "row to row" seaming. I also spun a very small skein of 2 ply yarn and used it for all the seaming which worked very well.
2.Did M1R and M1L increases to match the full fashioned waist decreases.
3.Picked up the stitches all the way around the bands/hood in one fell swoop - 316 stitches for perfect symmetry.
4.Did a one row buttonhole with 2 cast off stitches in the purl dip.
hood front and back
and finally, a few close ups
set in sleeve
This has been a thrilling adventure - 6 months ago, when I picked out a teeny braid of fiber at Rhinebeck and tried to spin it on a spindle, I never dreamed that I'd actually be spinning my own yarn for a sweater anytime in the remote future! Wahooooo :-)