Several weeks ago, I finished a new cardigan! This project was the first time I've done an all over lace pattern, as well as the first time I've made a drop shoulder construction cardigan.
There were a lot of moments of hesistation throughout this project, even before I cast on. Since I purchased the yarn online and spent time looking at photos of the colorway in other knitter's projects, I expected a heathered, medium pink, but this really is a true lilac, and that surprised me. I decided to proceed anyway, since I did still like the color.
With bottom-up sweater construction, I frequently find myself second-guessing anytime I need to decide about length, at various "transition" points, such as when to split front and back. So I did that on this project, as well. And since it's all-over lace (albeit, very simple lace!) it wasn't something I could easily work on without looking at it.
For all the above reasons, the process of making this sweater felt a little more cumbersome. But once I got into a rhythm with the lace on big needles, it did grow quickly!
As the weather is only just beginning to cool off enough for sweaters, I forsee playing around with different outfit combinations. But for now, I took some photos wearing my cardigan with both jeans and a dress.
For more details, see my Ravelry project page.
Yarn: Cascade 220 in the color Helleborus Heather, or what I consider to be a pretty spot-on lilac color (it's difficult to photograph)
Size: 2 (37.5 finished bust circumference), as I wanted a relatively close fit with little ease.
Pattern: Corran Cardigan by Rebecca Clow
Needles: US 9 for lace body and sleeves, US 7 for all ribbing
Specifics/modifications: Added length to body and sleeves. My row gauge was a lot smaller (more rows per inch of length) than the pattern recommended, even after swatching with three different needle sizes, so I just took that into account anytime the pattern specified rows rather than measurements for length.
As mentioned above, I have more photos from the process of knitting this, as well as a few more technical details, all included in my Ravelry page.
Today, the air felt different. Cooler and more crisp. Filled with anitcipation. The last several weeks since my last "life lately" post, have been filled with a lot of summery fun and they've felt full. I might be getting ahead of myself, since it was in the upper eighties this past weekend, but decidedly, I love the shift that comes with slightly cooler weather. Nevertheless, here are some things we've been up to in recent weeks:
As July comes to a close, I wanted to check in and share some recent projects I've been working on, as well as a few that I've completed. I also wanted to share some creative-focused podcasts I've been enjoying, and some musings about crafting in community and future plans for knitting, sewing, and a brand new, very-beginner skill for me: crochet!
I've been fairly prolific (by my own standards) lately in terms of sewing and knitting and I figured it was time to share some of them! With spring and summery weather, I always feel a shift in terms of my creativity. I still want to knit with wool, but I see myself drawn a bit more towards color or lighter tones and printed fabric. I'll share below what I've been up to!