Hello friends! Phew, Tuesday is already over — how’s your week going so far?
Usually, when I finish a project — especially a big one — I wait until I’ve gotten it photographed and (ideally) done my blog post before wearing it. Silly? Maybe! But I like to make sure I get pictures before I wear it in case some sort of disaster occurs (ha!)
It’s a testament to how much I love my newest sweater that I simply couldn’t wait to get pictures to start wearing it … which means today, I can show you my finished Arctic Intentions cardigan and tell you a little bit about how it’s wearing, because I’ve barely taken it off since I finished it!
When I heard about Knit British’s Good Intentions Club, I knew without a doubt that this would be my first project for it. I loved this sweater, designed by Carrie Bostick Hoge, from the moment my issue of Making, Vol. 2 arrived, and my thoughtful and wonderful mom got me the yarn for it for last Christmas — what a wonderful surprise that was! I had every intention of knitting it last winter but … you know how that goes (or maybe you don’t, and you always start projects right when you get the yarn — if so, I salute you!)
The pattern is a simple, top down raglan that really allows the gorgeous Brooklyn Tweed Quarry to shine. It was pleasurable and fast to knit — it’d been ages since I knit something bulky. The knitting took me just over a month, and that was with a few breaks where I set it down for days or even a week — I think if I had focused on it alone, I could have knit the whole thing in under two weeks. It flew off the needles!
I imagined this would be a cozy cardi that verged on a jacket — and I haven’t been disappointed. The Quarry yarn has a gorgeous loftiness — when unbuttoned, I was perfectly comfortable wearing this in a well-heated cafe in Edinburgh on my yarn crawl this weekend (which was so much fun that I forgot to take pictures — I was going to do a little round up of Edinburgh yarn shops … guess I’ll just have to go back!), but buttoned up, it’s warm enough to keep you toasty on a mild winter day. I love that, even though it’s knit with bulky yarn, there’s nothing heavy about it as a garment.
I made a few modifications to the yoke, both because my row gauge was off and because, the dimensions as written were going to make for a cardi that was too tight at my underarms — something I definitely wanted to avoid as I wanted to be able to comfortably wear a long sleeve shirt under this. The pattern suggested anywhere from -1 to +3 ease, and I went for the latter — as I said, I wanted this to be on the looser side! Yarnwise, it turns out I could have even knit a larger size — I have a skein of the Quarry that I didn’t touch, even though I made a pretty large gauge swatch!
Overall, I’m really happy with the fit. When I first put it on, the sleeves felt a little tight with a long sleeve shirt, but they’ve loosened right up and now feel great on. In my eagerness to add extra length to the yoke, I might have put slightly too much in — but I’d rather have a little extra looseness there than tightness!
I got the lovely grey buttons from Textile Garden — I think they pick up the flecks of the Quarry nicely. Because my row gauge was off and I didn’t make appropriate adjustments with the button holes, I’ve ended up with quite a few more than the pattern suggested — if I were to knit it again, I might space them out a tad more, but the buttons are gorgeous, so I don’t mind so much!
I love lots of things about this sweater, but by far, the thing I love most is: it has pockets! Beautiful, mustard colored pockets!
I really like the pockets. I used a bit of De Rerum Natura Gilliatt for those beauties.
A fab pattern, fab yarn, and quick (for me) project. And bonus: I actually finished well ahead of the end of the first quarter of Good Intentions. I’m still hoping I can whip up my bonus first quarter project, a pair of Ysolda’s lovely Aoibhinn mittens, but I have a few things to finish, before I can think about casting them on.
I needed a new black cardigan, and I’m really happy I’ve gotten around to making this — I know it’ll be something that’s in pretty constant wardrobe rotation. Do you have a favorite sweater that you go to again — if so, I’d love to hear about it in the comments!
Thanks, as always, for stopping by!