Mum’s Madigan


I’ve been planning to knit the Madigan top for my mother since… I’m not even sure, seems like forever. That’s because it’s exactly the type of sweater she likes, with short sleeves and ridged cowl designed to keep the neck warm. And it’s simple, no lace or fancy stitches – I just know she’s going to love it!

As I mentioned in my older posts, I knew I needed to knit it in superwash yarn, since my mum has some arthritis related problems and her hands are not strong enough to deal with heavy, water soaked garments. I needed worsted weight, machine washable yarn, and once again I chose Malabrigo Rios, in Marte colourway.

Knitting this top took about a week, and I wasn’t in a hurry – it’s just a really fast knit so even without much effort it doesn’t take long. Heavier yarn knits up quickly and the pattern is very easy even for beginners.

And once again I have to say that I just love this yarn! When I look back to my Stavanger jumper and all the uneven stitches that I just couldn’t get to look well, and then compare it to my Madigan, the difference is amazing. The stitches turn out nice and even without an effort. In general, I noticed that knitting with merino-based yarns is easier for me than when I use classic sheep wool or alpaca.


I couldn’t really decide between two sizes (one seemed like it could be a bit tight, and the bigger size was just too large), so I modified the pattern a little and knitted something in between these two sizes. I really hope it’s going to fit!


Malabrigo Rios is a hand dyed yarn and as you can see, the skeins are not identical. The one used for the yoke is brighter red than the others. I don’t really mind as this is mostly going to be covered by the cowl and personally I actually like how it looks. Let’s hope Mum doesn’t mind either!

11 thoughts on “Mum’s Madigan

  1. Ooh that’s a beautiful one, and the color is just awesome! I noticed the lighter shade of the yoke only when you mentioned it, but it might be considered intentional because the hip appears a shade darker. 🙂
    I’m sure your mom will love this one!

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    1. Thank you! I really love the colours of all Malabrigo yarns I’ve worked with so far, they create such lovely variegation! The hip is a little darker too, and so are the tiny sleeves (made from the same skein) – I know some people just change the skeins every few rows to avoid this effect but I’m way too lazy to do that and I really don’t mind 😉
      I’m actually considering knitting it again for myself, just with longer sleeves. But then again it would be like an item No 1000 on my list, so it may as well never happen 😉

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