Wanda Nell Cardigan

This is the Wanda Nell Cardigan, pattern by Jen Hagan. I executed it in Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy, a cotton, hemp and modal blend. My goal for this project was to create a cropped cardigan that I could wear over lighter layers in the summertime, especially when the air conditioning makes things especially chilly. You can’t really tell from the picture, but the pattern has these great figure-flattering vertical darts in the front and back. This is the project I worked on in the hospital on the day of my mother’s kidney transplant surgery, so it has a sort of special meaning for me. I got a lot of knitting done that day, almost all the annoying yoke part with all those raglan increase that make for an almost interminable row. I was glad to have it with me, because we got there at 5:45am! It was nice to be able to have something to fill up all that waiting time with productivity.

One of the major challenges in this project was finding an appropriate button that worked with the lightness of the garment and didn’t pull the buttonband funny. I had wanted to use wooden buttons, but they proved too heavy, so I used wood-looking plastic ones instead. I don’t like them nearly as much as the tagua nut buttons I had picked out, but from far away you can’t really tell.

I want to make a second one of these and add just a touch more length to the body without losing the cropped shape of the garment. I have some Rowan Lenpur Linen in stash that I think might work.

Brooks Top Cardi

I’m still in search of the perfect buttons for the Brooks Top Cardi, which I knit in Nashua Creative Focus Linen. There is a lot going on in this pattern, from the patterned button band to the deep ribbing, angled vertical waist and bust shaping, eyelets and latticework. I love the way this cropped sweater gives a nod to the classic 1950s silhouette, nipped in at the waistline.

This was an enjoyable knit because there was enough happening to keep it interesting. It wasn’t so challenging as to be frustrating, but it switched up enough along the way that it wasn’t a total slog. This will make a great summer cardigan for those days when the AC is making it just a bit too shivery indoors.

Sidelines Top
I knit the Sidelines Top by Lou Schiela in Gedifra Cotton/Merino, a nice yarn with beautiful stitch definition that made me swear and cuss at how splitty it was (seriously it has like a million plies). The result was worth it though! More »