Saturday, September 8, 2007
Cotton Minimalist Cardi
This is my first time blogging, ever, and my 6 year old took the pictures, so please forgive the quality. Thanks for letting me join your group!
My dear friend gave me 10 balls of Rowan Handknit DK in a lovely blue. The Minimalist Cardigan pattern seemed just right for it. It looked like a summery shape, and I thought that cotton would be a good fit for it. I really love the pattern. However, when I knitted my swatch in seed stitch, I thought that it looked too grandmotherly or washcloth-y in the cotton, if you know what I mean. So, like bobbi, I switched the body to stockinette, and the band to seed stitch.
I'm happy with the way it came out, but I do want to knit it again in the original pattern with something like Debbie Bliss Alpaca silk. I'm using a hair pin to keep it closed up top, but really like that clasp that Bronwyn (the prolific knitter) used on hers.
I thought this was a fun, easy, quick knit, but I'd change a few things. I'd either make the sleeves longer or shorter, they just aren't elbow length on me, and look like I just made a mistake knitting the sleeves. I also think that I'd do the smaller size (did the 351/2 bust), but I think it looks a little big on me. However, I do have a terrible history of shrinking my handknit sweaters, so maybe it will work out in the long run.
Anyway, thanks for letting me join your knit a long, and when I get some Alpaca Silk, I'll start posting my next Minimalist Cardi.