Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Little Bluebirds take flight

Little Birds cardigan
I'm not an early adopter. i usually wait until plenty of others have gone before me before taking on a project. But I fell in love with Little Birds the moment I saw it, and knew that I had to take the plunge.
Little Birds cardigan
It took me 12 days to knit this cardigan (and one to sew on the buttons). nearly every moment was a joy. i won't exaggerate--the ribbing was a slog, but seeing how nice it looks overall with the colorwork makes it worth it.
Little Birds cardigan
Project Stats
Started August 13, Finished August 26.
Pattern: Little Birds, by Ysolda Teague, from Twist Collective.
Yarn: 4 skeins of knitpicks palette in fog, plus leftovers of Yorkshire Tweed 4ply, Fearless Fibers Merino Sock, Lana Grossa Meilenweit, Shepherd's baby wool 4ply, and Briggs and Little Durasport.
Needles: #2 addi turbos and #4 knitpicks options
Size: 30"
Little Birds cardigan
I really liked the tubular cast-on, and cutting the steek was fun and not at all scary. i first steam blocked the steek, and then i ran two lines of zig-zag stitch on the machine 2 stitches away from the center line and cut with my small thread-cutting scissors. this was also my first set-in sleeves in the round from the bottom-up. i didn't like how uncomfortable the knitting was after first joining the sleeves and body--just another reminder of why i like knitting top-down. i wove in the ends as i knit using sock pron's tutorial. i didn't have 10 matching buttons, so i alternated rows of 2 slightly different navy blue buttons. i wasn't sure about the buttons at first, but i think it really finishes the sweater nicely.

This was a fun, challenging knit, and I'm sure I'll wear it often.

ETA: I forgot to add that I used more yarn than specified in the pattern. I should've only needed 3 balls of palette and I used probably about 3.66.

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  1. Wow! That turned out beautifully! Go for steeking and fair isle!

  2. Wow, I'm gobsmacked. That's beautiful.

  3. I love it! The cardi looks especially cozy.

  4. As a fellow knitter, not in your league, I am seriously impressed with this sweater. It fits wonderfully.



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