It took me a bit longer to get back to the blog than I anticipated. The main reason is that I went to France for a wee road trip, which I just got back from. France was the holiday destination of my childhood, but this was the first time that I visited as an adult. I’ve seen new places, went to enormous cathedrals, saw many pro-cycling road races from close distance and ate my first crème brûlée. I might do a blog post about this trip later, but first, let me show a finished project.
At the beginning of this year, I set myself the goal to knit at least one sweater without colourwork. I know, that shouldn’t be so hard. Looking at my projects on Ravelry however tells me that the last time I managed to do that was in the summer of 2013! That’s two years ago! Sadly, it even was a cardigan that I didn’t like upon finishing and have never worn since. Even thought sweater knitting is the thing I do most, apparently it is hard for me to step back from colourwork patterns. For the most part I am okay with this. Stranded knitting is my favourite technique and I wear my colourwork sweaters all the time, but I figured that mixing things up a bit (before I start my next stranded project) with something different is a good idea.Well, what better project to make a restart at this with than the Sibella cardigan?
The Sibella Cardigan is a pattern by Carrie Bostick Hog. It was first published a couple of years ago as a pullover, to which I immediately took a liking. Over the years it went in and out of my queue a couple of times. In July last year, both the cardigan and the pullover were published as part of the Madder Anthology Book One. I picked the cardigan because I liked it slightly better than the pullover, and I think my wardrobe is more in need of a cardigan rather than a pullover at the moment.
I used yarn that has been sitting in my stash for a long time, but it is definitely an (old) favourite of mine: Drops Alpaca. When I just started knitting I used this yarn quite a lot. Affordability and the enormous range if colours play no small part in it’s popularity. I choose a denim(ish) blue, with flecks of red and white spun in. Blue is one of my most worn colours, so I am sure this one will get into regular rotation come autumn.
This is my second blue, lace-yoked cardigan, the first one made from pattern 88-17 by DROPS design, in another colourway of Drops Alpaca. Though I wear most of my knitted garments regularly, I do not think I’ve worn any of them as much as my first blue cardigan. The trouble is that it’s starting to show some wear, especially around the elbows. That’s why I am happy to have a new one in a slightly different pattern, which I hope to wear just as often.
|See? This one doesn’t have elbows that are worn thin!|
Knitting and finishing the cardigan took me less time than I anticipated. I knitted it while I was emerged in uni work, and had little time for knitting. The combination of a clear well written pattern, straight forward knitting, a well loved yarn and the prospect of a new versatile cardigan did wonders for my knitting speed. The only modification I made was to knit the sleeves in the round instead of flat. I’m really happy with the fit of the pattern, the result is exactly how I pictured it when I started it.