Knitting Cardigans For a Change
I haven’t touched my sewing machine(s) in months. Then Christmas came and I had to make room for the tree, so I put it all away. My “sewing station” has been up for about four years in the middle of my living/dining room. I go through phases that last several years at a time.
My new phase is knitting. I love to wear cardigan sweaters at work and thought I’d try my hand at making one. I am now on my sixth or seventh sweater. I’ve completely ripped out all of them, except one. The hardest part is finding patterns that I can understand. It’s not that I can’t do the stitches, it’s that some are so poorly written that I have absolutely no idea what to do. As I sharpen my skills and gain more confidence, I’ll go back and re-write them in a way that makes sense to me.
My photography skills suck, but here is one I wear a lot. It’s made with Red Heart Black Fleck worsted yarn. The pattern I used is called the Shapely Boyfriend cardigan. I also added pockets. I’m doing another one in Red Heart’s Aran Fleck, but without the hip shaping.
I learned to knit about 45 years ago when I was a teenager. Back then it was on straight needles. My mom had a set of Mary Maxim Canadian needles. My personal stash of needles wasn’t complete. Short ones, long ones, aluminum, plastic, bamboo in all kinds of hit and miss sizes. Every sweater pattern I wanted to do needed some size I didn’t have, so I broke down and bought a set of Knitter’s Pride Dreamz Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set. I just LOVE them. BTW, they also work with needles and cables from Knit Picks. I picked up some extra Knit Picks cables and they fit my KPD needles just fine.