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featherweight cardigan

Pattern: Featherweight cardigan (rav link), by Hannah Fetig

Yarn: Malabrigo lace, in the colour Natural 63

Needles: 4mm, and 3mm for the ribbing.

I chose to do 1×1 ribbing for the bottom edge of the cardigan, finished off with my favourite tubular cast-off. I worked the front edge and sleeves in stocking stitch with a rolled edge.

As this is for me to wear during the summer, I didn’t mind that the edges rolled back quite a bit, and I like the way the rolled edge looks at the neckline.

Notes: I was happily knitting away on this cardigan when I read Bell’s cautionary tale about laceweight cardigans. She, and many commenters, talked about the problems they had with some laceweight yarns felting and just not being sturdy to last. I looked more closely at my knitting and realised that the yarn was indeed starting to felt a little, even before I had finished working on it.

This is most noticable on the sleeves, where I picked up the stitches that had been knit earlier. Blocking the cardigan helped, as it made the newer stitches also felt slightly, but you can still see a ridge where the two meet:

I am happy with how this cardigan turned out but, given that it started to felt before I even finished it, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out not to have a particularly long shelf-life. On the plus side, it only took me four weeks to knit, so I guess I’ll just enjoy it while I can!

Photos taken here:

To celebrate our anniversary last week we spent a wonderful long weekend staying in a fairytale chateaux near Bordeaux. I couldn’t resist slipping a couple of photos into this post – if you’d like to see some more, the Flickr set is here. Not bad eh?

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laceweight sundae

I have been consumed by laceweight projects over the last ten days or so. Even though I have other projects on the go that are heavier weights, I just can’t stop knitting this fine yarn with these tiny needles!

The pink project is the Laminaria shawl that I started in January. I put it down in February, feeling that the shocking pink was just too … pink for the depths of winter, and went on to make a green version instead. Now that summer is here, I am wearing much brighter colours, and I found that the uncompleted pink shawl was calling to me from the yarn cupboard where it had been hibernating. I’m making a larger version this time around, and can’t wait to have it around my shoulders!

The blue project is another Ishbel, again knitted as a gift. This version is in Malabrigo Lace. It is not a colour I would wear, but the recipient is blonde haired and blue eyed, and I think it should suit her very well. Again, a very quick knit, but I’m going to stop making stuff for others for a while – I’m too selfish to want to spend all my hobby time on other people.

The green project is the beginning of a Featherweight Cardigan (Rav link), also in Malabrigo Lace. I saw Linda’s version-in-progress, and was so inspired by it that I immediately ordered yarn and cast on the moment it arrived.

Unfortunately, I think I may have bitten off a bit more than I can chew! I also have some socks on the needles that I haven’t mentioned yet, and only three nailbiting weeks to go before my month-long yoga teacher training course starts in August. I’m going to go all out and try and finish all of these projects before then, but I’m not sure I’ll make it in time!

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