I finished this cardigan on December 28th 2006 but it was blocking and I never remembered to take a photo of it, so I took a few quick ones today before putting it away in the pile of knits “to be washed” with baby detergent for our baby.
This is the yarn I got from Mona and Veronik at one of the last Montreal Knits meetups I’d attended. I knew I wanted to use it for a cabled cardi because I loved the color and thought it would look so cute with a wee pair of jeans. Unfortunately after swatching some cables I didn’t like how the cotton blend held up the cables. It was too floppy for my liking, so I played around with other textures and came up with the idea of mixing stockinette and moss stitch in large blocks that extended down over the sleeves too.
Yarn: 3 balls of Schewe Baumwoll-Mix (50g/120m, 50% cotton, 50% acrylic)
Needles: 3.25mm for ribbing and 3.5mm for body
Pattern: My own. I used fully-fashioned raglan decreases as I felt they blended better with the look of the moss stitch, as opposed to the smooth diagonal line you get when you angle the decreases with the slant of the shaping.
I’m thinking of maybe providing this pattern as a free pattern on my website. I probably will if there is a demand for it, so if you like it, let me know!
This is the front of the cardigan. You can see how the texture blocks carry over onto the sleeves.
This is the back of the cardigan.
This is the back again. This photo doesn’t show the color too well but it shows off the texture better than the other photos.
A close-up detail shot of the back where the texture switches. If I had to design this again I’d remember that the moss sections would pull in more than the stockinette ones and I would add a few extra rows and maybe a stitch or two in those areas. As it is it *did* pull in a bit and the pieces didn’t match exactly in size before seaming, but I still think it came out well and will look adorable with a pair of blue jeans and a white onesie. Plus, the minor difference in sizes (from the moss sections pulling in) eased out very well in seaming and blocking.