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.



gsshorty said...

Oh how looks good on you. And your 6 yr old took beautiful pics too, you should be so I'm still working on mine...slow going, but all of these beautiful finished pics perks me up enough to keep working on it. Happy Knitting!!!

Bobbi said...

wow! It looks great! I think the sleeves look good. Bronwyn had the right idea with the clasp, I need to get one too!

Danielle said...

Very nice! Love that blue. And I actually think I like your hair clip even more than a clasp, for more styling versatility. :)