Wintergreen Cardigan

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When I was looking for a knitting pattern for a child’s cardigan on Ravelry, I stumbled upon the Wintergreen pattern by petitchoufleur. As I liked the idea of my two and a half year old godchild wearing a cabled cardigan, this was my pattern of choice. First of all, I am impressed this pattern comes in a large number of sizes, from newborn to 58” bust circumference. The cable patterns are provided as charts and in written form and are easily memorisable. As usually with heavily cabled knits, the progress is pretty slow even when you cable without a cable needle, which is my technique of choice. The cardigan is a bottom-up construction and knit in one piece, so only little finishing is required. I was very happy the saddle-shoulder sleeves are in stockinette stitch. This means, when you finally have reached the armholes, there will be way less cabling from there on.

I loved knitting the cardigan and I love the finished garment. Although I used a fuzzy aran weight yarn, it did not eat up the pattern at all. I’d rather say the fuzz gives it an extra twist. So you might like to use some mohair blend for extra cosiness.

The only point I have to criticise about the pattern is the way all sizes are put into one pattern. You definitely need to mark each paragraph that is relevant for the size you are knitting before you start. Otherwise, you might get confused easily. I would have preferred if at least the child and adult sizes had been separated. Nonetheless, this is a gorgeous pattern for a cabled cardigan and has only eight projects on Ravelry. What a pity!

My Finished Botani-KAL

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This went a lot quicker than expected! Although the plain stockinette part of the Wrapped in Leaves shawl bored me a lot, the leafy edging was really fun to knit.

The pattern is well-written and used 143g of Austermann Alpaca Star, which I was offered for free by the yarn manufacturer. The yarn, in my opinion, suits the pattern perfectly. Its halo gives the shawl a super comfy feel while the tiny sequins add some elegance at the same time. I have heard other testers complain about the size of the sequins as they only measure about 2mm in diameter, but I particularly like this size. It makes the shawl sparkle only when light hits the sequins directly, so they catch your eye only at second glance.

The yarn is available from July 2018 and is ultra versatile for any fall and winter knits. Just imagine a fluffy, oversized sweater sparkling in the spotlight only. It knits up quite fast with a recommended needle size of 4-5 mm and a meterage of 150 m per 50g. The fibre content is 36% baby alpaca, 35% nylon, 15% silk and 14% cotton, so it is lightweight, yet warm. Although I usually complain about any synthetic fibre, it did not bother me this time. Good job, Austermann!

Botani-KAL

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A while ago, Alice and Miki came up with the idea to knit the Wrapped in Leaves shawl by Alana Dakos from the beautiful book Botanical Knits together. Soon, Rebekka and me joined. The main part is knit in stockinette stitch, but I already have finished 60% of the increases. I am really looking forward to the leafy border!

I am super happy with my yarn choice, Alpaka Star by Austermann. I received it for free to play with it before it hits the market in July, so thanks a lot! It consists of 36% baby alpaca, 35% nylon, 15% silk and 14% cotton. The structure is plied, but fluffy with little sequins in it. The meterage is 150m per 50g, perfect for 4.5mm needles.

I hope to finish the main part, soon, to proceed to the leaves as stockinette stitch keeps boring me. Take a look at Alice’s, Miki’s and Rebekka’s projects as well, we are using very different yarns! Of course, you can also find us on Instagram, using the hashtag #botaniKAL. If you like the shawl and want to join our knitalong, feel free to do so! More fun for all of us!

A linen stitch scarf

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Once again, my huge yarn stash was driving me crazy, when a friend asked me to knit him a scarf. I found three balls of dark grey, DK weight alpaca yarn and some colourful DK weight merino scraps. To add some extra spice, I decided to knit the scarf in linen stitch. I loosely followed the Cerus Scarf pattern, but I cast on 445 stitches and added one colour row after two grey ones. The idea of adding fringe was partly due to omitting sewing in a gazillion of lose ends, partly due to achieving softer edges. The result is 2.10 m long (without the fringe) and 15 cm wide after 37 rows.