For the last few years, winter has turned into a bit of a Cardigan Marathon and this year, I feel like I’m off and running in good time because my first cardigan for the cooler months is off the needles and ready to wear!
This is a cardigan I’ve been eyeing off since it was first released. It’s Seamair by Amy Herzog – the woman responsible for the Fit to Flatter series, which I highly recommend. What she doesn’t know about shaping and fit – well, she knows a lot and it shows in her designs. I was drawn at once to the flattering way the cables worked down the length of the body.
Here it is from the back. I feel like the arms a little baggy but I’m not too bothered.
There is waist shaping, just vertical darts in the usual places, but the way they draw the cables in is really nice, I think.
From the front the cables work the same way and if I could get the buttons, which are placed inside the placket, to stay done up you’d see that, but I can’t. I’ll have to tighten the holes a little bit with a couple of stitches to bring them.
Here’s some cable detail for you to see. It’s a lovely 6 row, easily memorised cable stitch. I got into a nice rhythm with it early on and settled right in for a comfortable and enjoyable knit.
Here with this side view you can see the cable detail in the lower sleeves. I really liked that. Just something to add a flash of interest.
I used Bendigo Woollen Mills Rustic 12ply for this, in the colour Radiant, which has been in the stash for a couple of years. Madly, I bought five 200g balls of it and used just on 2.5 so I guess I have plenty left over. I predict Alice and Willem will receive garments made from the rest!
I know some people really don’t get the Bendigo Rustic thing – they feel it’s scratchy or just not garment worthy but for my money it’s as good as Cascade 220 – which is my usual winter staple. The only difference for me really is that the colours in Cascade 220 are many and varied, whereas Bendigo, as we know, has a more limited palette.
My first cardigans, way back in 2003 or 2004, were made from Bendigo Rustic and I’ve never minded it one bit. It’s worn really well over the years and does soften up nicely. The thing is you never wear it right next to your skin anyway since winter is all about layering so even if there is a tiny bit of scratchiness to it, it’s not like it’s supposed to be worn with nothing under it. For Canberra’s bitterly cold winters (I know, northern hemisphere bloggers are saying WHAT?) it’s a great weight.
I loved so much of the detail in this, especially the tubular cast on – which is a first for me. It makes for such a stretchy, neat edge on all pieces – I haven’t knit a cardigan in pieces for several years and had to go researching it all over again to remind me of the best ways to sew it up. I still think I could learn a lot there and could improve but each time I seam a garment I get a little more confident and better at it.
I started knitting Seamair in February. I put it down for the month of March, which was all about gift knitting, and picked it up again in early April, finishing all three remaining pieces in just over two weeks (a week off work with illness helped!). Knitting in 12ply on 5.5mm needles does make a project go fast!
There aren’t many versions of this on Ravelry. Only twelve. I really don’t understand why since Amy Herzog is so well known and her patterns are so great. I hope more people make this. It’s lovely and such a fun knit, which is something I needed after the difficulties I faced in Willem’s vest!
I love cardigan season!