Remember how I said I was knitting away on a test knit? It's done! Cestari reaches out to me about test knitting a pattern for them, as a sample and to make notes on the the not-yet-published pattern, and I said yes. Completing an entire cardigan, knit in pieces, in just under two months felt like a huge accomplishment to me. I was pleased with the finished product, and happy to send it off to Cestari in the hopes that it can be useful as they proceed with the publishing process.
Before I mailed it off, Nicholas took a few photos for posterity, and Cestari said I could share them here, as a teaser. I'll update with post with pattern links in the future, once the pattern is published!
For more details, see my ravelry project page
Yarn: Cestari Monticello Collection DK in the colorway Scarlet Mallow
Pattern: a test knit for Cestari yarn (pattern not yet published)
Needles: US 5 for all pieces, except for button bands (US 4). Recommended needles size all around, which is unusual for me, since I'm typically a very loose knitter and nearly always need to size down a needle size.
Specifics/modifications: All the details are on my ravelry (linked above), but I knit the size the yarn company designated (likely one size up from what I would typically knit for myself). I did use Barbara G. Walker's one-row buttonhole for a cleaner finish for the buttonholes in the button band.
Beautiful pattern! I have never knit a fully seamed sweater (only a vest, knit in pieces). The structure of the seams seems to be a great match for the yarn, if it stretches a bit over time. Order of knitting/assembly is logical. I did find it easier to sew the side seams (back to each side) prior to doing the 3-needle BO shoulder join, just because I could lay all the pieces flat for seaming. If I were to knit this again, I would likely knit the sleeves in plain stockinette stitch and without the garter ridges on all pieces, for a simpler look (just my preference). But it fit well and the finished sweater looked so "finished" in my eyes!
Notes on the yarn
It was a beautiful yarn! I did alternate skeins for most of the sweater, but I didn't notice that much of a difference in color between skeins. Wonderfully soft. Considering that it's a rather inelastic yarn and a cotton/linen blend, it didn't hurt my hands at all, which is surprising. Would definitely use again.
I'll write more about my current knitting projects (3!) and upcoming knitting plans in a post soon. :)
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.