Cardigan Comeback: Monte Rosa Bound Off

Well, it's 2015: Cardigan Comeback and I've FINALLY finished a cardigan for myself. 

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Specs:

Pattern: Monte Rosa by Isabell Kraemer
Size: 36"
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy in Magic Orchid, about 4.25 skeins; contrast color is Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK weight in Garnet.
Needles: US 7 and 8

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I'm pretty psyched about this sweater. It could've used perhaps a tad more waist shaping, but that's about it. The yarn is soft and warm, I love the color, and I've been wearing this sweater every time it's cool enough. I made the mistake of NOT wearing it to Rhinebeck--I wanted to wear one of my own designs, and the only sample I had was cotton--and froze my butt off, but I did wear it on the drive up and the drive home. 

The only mod I made was to use the contrast color on the inside of the collar, which I think gives it a nice pop (although it's not really visible in these photos, which we took about an hour after I got back from Rhinebeck). I know some knitters opted to do the body in stockinette, but I love the garter stitch, it feels extra squishy and cozy.

I am having a little trouble keeping the buttons fastened and am wondering if I should finally learn how to back a button band for more stability.

Now that I have a new cardigan in my wardrobe, I'm reminded why I started this project, and really hoping I can magically find time to knit at least one more for Cardigan Comeback!


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2015 Cardigan Comeback Update

Once upon a time, I declared 2015 the year of the Cardigan Comeback. After knitting 4 pullovers in 2014, it seemed time to introduce more open front sweaters to my wardrobe. So, how am I doing?

Well, the sweater I've made the most progress on isn't actually for me! Here's mom's Mother's Day cardigan:

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Just needs a 2nd sleeve. This is Tanis Lavallee's Lady Sunnyside, the adult version of her popular Sunnyside cardigan for babies. What I absolutely love about this sweater is that, in addition to being a seamless top down cardigan, the collar and button bands are knit at the same time as the body. So once the sleeves are done, you're done

As far as cardigans for myself, here's what my Monte Rosa cardigan looks like:

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This sweater is also knit in worsted weight, but has been going much more slowly than the Lady Sunnyside and I'm not sure why. I mean, other than the fact that my mom's sweater was 32" and this is 36". But that's not such a spectacular difference that I should be so far behind on this one. It has lots of garter stitch too, so less purling. It's a mystery. I hope to finish it next month. 

And I did actually start a 2nd cardigan for myself, but progress has been minimal:

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This is Ginny's Cardigan from Unofficial Harry Potter Knits. It's not much to look at yet, but the yarn--phenomenal. Anzula Cricket. So soft. So squishy. I'm in love.

So, what are you working on--now that the weather's warming up (at least in the northern hemisphere), are you still knitting sweaters?

 

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