Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Purple and cosy, what more could you want?

My latest project for the last few weeks has been this cardigan.  It is a very simple pattern and perfect for  mindless knitting (I've been a little bad lately and have been knitting during class...)


The pattern is Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, a top-down cardigan with the dreaded edges you have to pick up never ending numbers of stitches for.  So far it has been very enjoyable to knit and I don't really mind that it is all stockinette.  Surprisingly I'm finding knitting back and forth to be a nice change from circular knitting.


I picked out Berroco Vintage dk for this pattern (this was birthday yarn from my mother) when I visited Charleston, South Carolina last November.  I feel that this is a good yarn for the value, which was part of the reason I like it.  But I am a little concerned that it is going to pill like crazy once I start wearing it.  I'm determined to trust in my undying love for Berroco that it will all be alright.


I haven't been knitting anything in purple for a while, which makes it more fun.  So far I am not happy with the torso length and I left those stitches live so I can go back after I finish the sleeves and make it longer.  I frequently curse the fact that I have a long torso and, as my grandmother would say, not a lot of "ba-boom ba-boom" (small chest).

I'm very optimistic about this one!  It will be nice for the spring months!

24 comments:

  1. It's funny that I curse my long torse AND my ba-boom ba-boom! It means much more yarn PLUS short row shaping.

    That is very pretty yarn indeed. I wish I could afford berroco, but it's really quite expensive in the UK, so I can't justify it, despite wanting to knit a garment in it.

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  2. That's my blue sweater! Which is also knit in Vintage. Mine is pilling pretty bad (so I tend to just use it around the house now) but I think it's more because I am unsure how to really care for it :( I bet yours will be fantastic!

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  3. I love the Effortless Cardigan. Yours will surely be beautiful in that color! I hope it won't pile too much. Maybe special care will help!

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  4. great colour, great pattern, nothing like a bit of mindless knitting now and again

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  5. Love that last photo - the color variation in this yarn is gorgeous!

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  6. Your sweater is beautiful! I love the color.

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  7. Classic knits are timeless: you will enjoy that element of this sweater. I love knitting stockinette - mindless knitting at its best.

    The color is gorgeous!

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  8. I'm a huge fan of Berroco Vintage but it can be tempermental so beware. I find that it also grows a bit after washing but with this pattern, that may not be a problem. LOVE the color!

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  9. Fun color! It is totally acceptable to knit during class, I say. :)

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  10. Have you shared this before? Can't recall seeing it. Beautiful colour.

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  11. I have a rather short waist and I am forever having to shorten and shift the positioning of any shaping. I feel your pain.

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  12. You picked a great color! I have been wanting to knit this for a while, but I just cannot decide what color or yarn to do it in. :P I'll save it for fall and live vicariously through you for now. :) I hope the yarn holds up! I've been very sad about my Vintage mitts, but a sweater shouldn't have to put up with as much abuse as mitts, for sure.

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  13. Ah, I clearly have exactly the same shaping issues as you! Gorgeous colour and I've just got this funny picture in my head of you hiding your knitting under a desk in class (probably wildly wrong but it made me smile). Button bands eh, who'd have em... :)

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  14. That yarn is so gorgeous, I love the richness of the colour.

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  15. Beautiful color and pattern! I've had the Walpole cardigan (also by Hannah Fettig) in my queue forever. The construction of the two cardigans is pretty similar. I'll cast it on as soon as I find the right yarn for the project.
    I knit in class all the time, it's totally acceptable! Although I'd be too lazy to drag a huge project bag with an entire cardigan in it around campus all day - I usually just stick to small projects like socks or hats :)

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  16. Love the color. As I made a couple of baby blankets with vintage, I sure hope it doesn't turn out to be pilly. I trusted it too. :)

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  17. It's just DARN GORGEOUS ! ! !

    Yummy Color.

    I want one.
    So I'll no doubt be adding another to my Rav Queue

    Huggs

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  18. I adore the colour!
    I thought it looked a bit short :) Grandmother sounds like a hoot.
    You just need a knitting buddy in your classes and then it'd be fine :)

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  19. Nice color and I like the Effortless Cardigan too. You are inspiring me to move it up the list on my queue. I have used Vintage before and it didn't seem to pill for me.

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  20. Some of us rather miss the long torso and lack of ba-boom ba-boom days (tall and lean ;-)), enjoy it while you can!

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  21. I really love the color! It's a very warm purple.

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  22. I love that color, your sweater is just going to look so cute!

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  23. Ooh! This is a beautiful colorway. It's going to be a terrific cardi.

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  24. Well, if you've become a master of the knitting without looking at your knitting skill, your professor may not even realize what you're doing! As long as you clearly are involved and paying attention, you aren't being "bad" ... :-D

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