didn’t this used to be a mostly knitting blog?

I don’t even want to say how long it took me to knit this dang sweater. I think I started it a year and a half ago or something ridiculous like that. I just lost my knitting mojo for a while. I usually knit in the evenings while parked in front of the TV, but this last year I spent the evenings sprawled on the couch in front of the TV.
Anyway, this simple cardigan was knit in little bursts, and it kind of shows. I wanted a simple, everyday sort of sweater, and in that respect it pretty much works. The sleeves are a tad on the snug side, but I think that’s because my gauge changed over the course of the cardigan. Yup, I began knitting more tightly. Maybe I was feeling more uptight. Do you all share that theory? That how tightly one knits is a reflection of one’s personality? For instance, my mother? Super loose knitter, and yes, she is a pretty laidback chica.
And here’s a better view of the buttons. There are two more buttonholes, but I only had three of these buttons, and really, I’m not going to button those bottom two, anyway.
The pattern is one I made up using my Knitware software. I used the KnitPicks superwash wool, which is actually very nice and soft. I think superwash is my wool of choice, especially after accidentally shrinking an all-wool handknit sweater in the wash last year!

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22 Responses to didn’t this used to be a mostly knitting blog?

  1. Kay says:

    I wouldn’t like it as much with 5 buttons! It’s wonderful and fits you so well! So Christmassy, too……

  2. Emma says:

    I agree, I don’t think I’d like it as much with 5 buttons either – it’s perfect just the way it is and I really love the colour!

  3. freecia says:

    Looks nice! Love the red and *insert smart alec “wow knitting content” comment*. I’ll have to consider getting some of the KnitPicks superwash wool.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Woohoo! A Sweater. Good for you. I love the color and the fit. I’m extremely uptight, yet I tend to knit loosely. Over the course of a sweater, though, I definitely notice which degree of uptight I am, especially on fair isle, as it shows in my knitting.

  5. Tesia says:

    Its pretty, but given the time and effort put into making it, I think I’d rather buy one off the shelf! (Provided I can find one remotely similar)

  6. Lydia says:

    You can’t be that uptight if you’re willing to go with 2-less buttons, right? I would’ve obsessively hunted around for just the right look, burning a few dinosaurs in the process, but you just go with 3 and it looks great! Nice work on the whole project. Superwash is a modern miracle.

  7. I forgot to add how utterly shocked I was to find a knitted project on your blog! What got into you?

  8. carolyn says:

    looks super warm and cosy, is my carolyn comment.
    you just knit an old man sweater!, is my peter comment.

  9. yoko says:

    That is exactly the kind of sweater I would love to knit and have for myself, snug sleeves, 3 buttons and all. Could you send me your pattern? I haven’t yet tried the Knitware software yet, but maybe someday I’ll bite the bullet….

  10. Erin says:

    I agree about the tightness theory. I taught my laid-back husband how to knit a couple years ago (how cute! he only did it once). We made hand warmers. But he knit it so loosely that it was literally big enough to be a knee warmer. And that was the year I learned about gauge.

  11. Alma says:

    Beautiful. Impressive. The three buttons give it the right degree insouciance.(think I misspelled that…)

  12. Melissa says:

    Yo! That turned out really cute. Looking good!

  13. Taradactyl says:

    Yes, I do believe that. I am a tight knitter/crocheter for sure!

  14. Lulu says:

    Do you remember when you told me: “You should never sew. You’re a tight knitter.” Bahahahahaha. The sweater is lovely, and this from the original tight knitter.

  15. sue says:

    Carolyn (or is it Peter?)is RIGHT! Old men have been fashion-forward for decades, not buttoning the bottom seater buttons.
    Whatever, it looks good, and the color–oh my! ‘It’s you, It’s you, you silly savage!’
    Congrats on the finish. I’m teaching myself how to knit (rank beginner) and have been making a fingerless glove for about a week. Torn it out about 6 times. Don’t know if I have the right stuff to be a knitter. Gardening–now, no one knows when you make a mistake.

  16. danarrr says:

    That’s a great sweater! Absolutely charming. Love the pattern and the 3 buttons just makes it.

  17. sil says:

    That’s cute! It looks like a super cool schoolgirl sweater 🙂

  18. Rachael says:

    So cute, both the sweater and the new top!

  19. Nicole says:

    It looks cute. Love the buttons!

  20. yuan says:

    very mr. rogers neighborhood, nice!

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