FO: the Simple Cable Cardigan

After illness last week that thwarted my progress in knitting, I have completed my cardigan, and I am pretty darn happy with it!

It fits, it has POCKETS, a shawl collar that turned out well, and nice long sleeves that don’t ride up too much. If you want to know more details, here’s my Ravelry link¬†and this post discusses some of the in progress issues.

A couple of days ago I had posted the sweater bp, that is, before pockets, and it was a pretty good sweater already:

All About the Pockets

I really wanted pockets for this grandpa kind of sweater. The Vogue Knitting book has a nice section on pockets. Here was my method. I outlined the area for the pockets by using a darning needle and contrasting scrap yarn (see the right side as you face the sweater).

Then I snipped a thread and pulled out the yarn to form live stitches on the top and bottom. With the top stitches, I knit a rectangle in coordinating yarn (this was an alpaca/wool blend, worsted weight), and then grafted those stitches to the body of the sweater, and closed up the sides. Here’s the wrong side:

Then I went back to the bottom live stitches and did a row of stockinette, a row of seed stitch, a row of stockinette, and then cast-off.

I like that the pocket front echoes the seed stitch pattern elsewhere, but has a minimal profile. I think it looks sleek! This is only my second set of pockets on a sweater, I think they look good.

Front

I had thought I would put a bunch of buttonholes and funky buttons on the front, since I had some great buttons in the stash:

But the more I thought about how I would really wear this sweater, the more I decided against it. Instead I put one buttonhole at the bustline, and I’m not sure that I’ll put on a button. The sleek look is good, and I rarely need to close up a sweater completely in the mild climate I live in.

Economical Knit

Because I used Cascade’s Ecological Wool, the sweater materials came in at a great price – I used just about 2 skeins of the yarn (I really had about 2.75 because of leftovers), and my guess is that I paid about $20/skein at the time, so somewhere between $40-60 for a lovely sweater. I’ve learned recently that Cascade has some “interesting” points of view, and I haven’t been a fan since they boycotted the industry trade show and set up shop at a hotel nearby. But this yarn was in deep stash, and not knitting it wouldn’t change things for them.

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