Just in time for the onset of chilly, autumnal days is my Featherweight Cardigan. A beautiful project designed by Hannah Fettig to be knit in laceweight yarn. I’ve longed to make this one for some time and I’m not disappointed. I love it. I knitted this alongside Drk who I know loves hers as much as I love mine!
I’m a big fan of lightweight cardigans in milder weather and to be worn under heavier coats in winter. I might wear a heavy coat to work, but I don’t want a bulky piece under it, so those light, soft cardigans you can get anywhere for next to nothing are a great and loved piece for me. I have heaps. Now I have one I made myself!
The yarn is Knitpicks Shadow, a soft, fuzzy laceweight and I used just a smidge under three skeins. The colour is Basalt heather and the tiny flecks of purple in the yarn don’t show up in the photos, sadly. Very heathery and pretty.
The original pattern has you knit it shorter and with shorter sleeves but I knew that wouldn’t work for me. I plan to wear this in winter, and shorter sleeves in Canberra’s chill won’t work. I learned that last year!
So I added a couple of inches all round. I think it made it infinitely more wearable for me.
For those who think a laceweight cardigan must be the most tortured knitting, take heart in the fact that it’s knit on 4.5mm needles so it’s not really fine. But still, if you’re used to heavier weight cardigans, you’re in for a slower ride although really, it’s on piece, top down and makes good knitting for tv or social knitting. Just go on and on and eventually, it’s done.
I chose to do the ribbed band/collar because I thought it would sit better. I think it does. The blowing open in the photos is because it was windy this morning.
I will make this again and I’ll iron out some of the imperfections. I think I muffed my sleeve sizing a bit although truth be told, the pattern needs tweaking there because everyone finds it’s best to pick up a few extra stitches when you begin the sleeves. I picked up six in total on each sleeve.
I knitted the band and sleeves on holiday and to be honest it got me down a bit. It felt a bit relentless despite being my constant companion at pubs and cafes and tucked up in front of DVDs at night. Truthfully, when you’re facing a wine-fuelled holiday, you don’t want to do anything fiddly. Acres of stocking stitch is just the ticket, but it did feel relentless and not very exciting.
But then I wanted it done and I knew I had to make the most of the stretched out days so I’m glad i did it. Swings and roundabouts, you know?
Now, when can I start a new one? Maybe not just yet. I think I’ll make sure I have a new one for Spring.