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.
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.
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.