Peasy [pee-zee]; noun: otherwise synonymous with most perfect cardigan EVER
Despite finishing this cardigan a little while ago, I've been holding off blogging about the final piece for a while, to live with the finished cardigan for a bit before putting down my thoughts on it here.
It's safe to say, I love it. This cardigan has already seen more wear than any other of my handknits, which is testament to a few elements, I think - mostly around the planning and preparation!
First, I swatched. Yes, I know, novel. We all know we are supposed to swatch but reality is, if we're being honest, a lot of times we all don't. I've been making far more effort to swatch (and wash, and block the swatches) when knitting adult garments, and the final fit of my handknits has definitely shown the benefit of this practice.
I also took a little more care making sure I got the length of the body and the sleeves exactly the dimensions I wanted. 7/8th's sleeves and a hem length that *just* skims passed my jeans waistband. Covers the kidneys, and all that. I've been wearing it over cotton dresses, and jeans (as seen above), as well as with lightweight long-sleeve tops, skirts and leggings On a side note, it's been nice to transition to boots too! Lots of stomping through damp Autumn foliage and dewy grass on my daily walks. Leather workboots are just the most practical footwear I can imagine, really.
I planned this to be a transitional cardigan, something lightweight enough for Autumn, but still warm enough to keep out the chills as we settle into the cooler weather, so I spent time making sure my yarn/pattern/colour choices married up with this brief, and I definitely think it's been a good choice on all three accounts.
To recap, the yarn is Rowan Felted Tweed DK, in Seasalter, and the pattern is Peasy, by Heidi Kirrmaeir. I made the M (38") size, which gave me a good amount of negative ease. The alpaca/wool blend of the Felted Tweed is a delight to both knit and wear, and I'm looking forward to using it again very soon.
So that's it. The first of the Year of Sweaters is done. Here's hoping the next three garments in this series are as much of a success!