Friday, May 18, 2018

Paloma Cardigan

I finished knitting the Paloma Cardigan a few weeks ago and was able to wear it a few times before the weather gets too warm. This cardigan knit with bulky weight yarn was very easy to knit. The pattern was well written and easy to follow. My only problem came when I had to pick up stitches along the front band and knit it without it being too lose or too tight. It took me three tries but I finally got it right.

I thought the knit one, purl one pattern would drive me crazy but in reality, once I got a rhythm going, it went smoothly and fast. It took me about one month to knit the sweater. One of my favorite features of this pattern is the pockets.

This sweater is knit from the bottom up in individual pieces and then sewn together like a garment. The pattern says to block the pieces before using a mattress stitch to sew them together. I don't have  blocking mats so I got creative and used my design wall to block them after using my steamer to dampen them and ease them into shape.

When the sweater was finally sewn together and I tried it on it was a little too big and sloppy looking, so I took a chance and threw it in the washing machine and washed it on the gentle cycle. It got just a little "felted" but I actually like it and the fit is now perfect!

I found the perfect buttons at a local fabric store and they were just what I think makes the sweater a beautifully finished garment. I am just so pleased with the way it turned out.

JHB Buttons

Given the opportunity of cold weather I can assure you I will be wearing this sweater a lot.
O-Wool Yarn, Paloma Cardigan
I took the cardigan to Wisconsin with me a few weeks ago when I went to the Stitch Supply Company/Stash Sewciety retreat. It was a cozy and comfy piece on the plane and in the cool of the mornings while I was there. It is now packed away in a moth proof bag to protect it until the weather turns cool again.

I always say I learned how to knit by watching YouTube videos. That is not 100% true, because my mom's friend taught me to knit and purl when I was a child. All the extra techniques that I needed to learn for this cardigan, I learned on YouTube. 
New techniques I used to complete this sweater:
*Cable Cast-On
*One Row Buttonholes with 2-Stitch Holes
*Three Needle Bind-Off
*Mattress Stitch

Sweater Stats:

Needles:Addi Natura Bamboo 16" circular size US 10
              Addi Natura Bamboo 32" circular size US 10
              Addi Turbo 60" circular size US 10 
Buttons: JHB 1-1/8" Wooden Button


Bernie Kringel said...

The sweater is gorgeous and the buttons you chose are perfect. So pretty on you!!