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My New Little Cardigan

After knitting my Citrus Dream cardigan last month, I knew that I was going to knit it again, with slightly tighter gauge than before, and in a more neutral colours. I find the shape of this design perfect for a lightweight, early autumn or spring cardigan, with larger neck opening and shorter sleeves that allow to easily adjust to the weather by adding a scarf and longer gloves if it gets colder.

This time I used Malabrigo Sock yarn in Piedras colourway, a nice, soft merino yarn in the shades of brown, green, and some hints of purple. I hesitated between three different colour options for the bands and cuffs: orange, mustard and light green. I liked each version, but ultimately decided to stick with the initial plan of knitting in more “neutral” shades, so I used some of the yarn bought at Wollinn – Live or Dye fingering merino in pale, muted green.

I think the result is great, and the colour combination reminds me of an autumn beech forest, with brown beech and green spruce and fir – exactly the kind of forest that is typical for the lower parts of the mountains close to my home in Poland.

I used Drops Inca buttons, which work great with this colour palette, and – despite my worries – are not too heavy for this lightweight, thin sweater.

I actually finished this project a few weeks ago, and I’ve been wearing it a lot since then; I just couldn’t find energy to write about it earlier – so it’s a bit of a late update ๐Ÿ™‚

This design will probably be one of my to-go cardigan patterns and it’s going to be knitted again in the future. It’s a very simple and well written pattern, and even though it calls for fingering weight yarn, it knits up fast because it’s so straightforward (great for some mindless knitting in front of TV). It should also be relatively easy to add some cables, lacy elements, or maybe colourwork to make it a little more elaborate, or adjust the pattern by making the body and/or sleeves longer (I actually decided to knit both a little shorter than in the pattern this time).

17 thoughts on “My New Little Cardigan

  1. Nice! The yellow cardigan is nice and so is this one. The colour is just right and it matches your hair and eyes really well! I’ve used those same buttons on a cardigan I knitted years ago and I really like them.

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  2. Oh, wow! It’s wonderful, and you look gorgeous in it!! Your image of the forest and mountains as touchstones for the colors is something I’d think of every time I wore it. Beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you! I wrote my masters thesis about the dieback of spruce in the mountains in Poland and I spent many hours in such forests back then, so it’s almost an instinct to make this comparison ๐Ÿ˜‰

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      1. Awww, I hate to hear that about the spruce. Sounds like what is happening to the Hemlocks here. Your sweater is a beautiful tribute.

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  3. Wow, the sweater is beautiful! It’s a much different feel compared to the yellow one, isn’t it? I totally love this shorter version. The sweater and the buttons are a match made in heaven! Overall, the colors are perfect for autumn. I’ve said it already, but here I go again – beautiful! โค

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    1. Thank you! I wasn’t sure about the colours until the end but then when it was finished, I loved it ๐Ÿ™‚
      The yellow one almost seems oversized compared to this version, I think I prefer this one more although it wouldn’t be good on really cold days (I can almost hear my Mum in my head saying “cover your kidneys, it’s windy today!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  4. I like your choices of colors, especially the edging color. It picks up that same shade in the mix of the yarn you used on the body. I have to admit I’m not much of a cardigan girl, but then I’m dealing with quite a different climate than you are.

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