Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Never Ending Cardigan

Cue music from "The Never Ending Story."

Featherweight Cardigan as of Fall, 2010

So I am STILL working on knitting my Featherweight Cardigan, which was cast on Aug, 2010.  This is a simple knit.  It's all stockinette stitch with a little rib thrown in.  It's knit from the top down with no seaming.  The catch is, to make it featherweight, one has to knit it in fingering weight yarn.  Needless to say, it's a lot of stitches.  I'm also making mine 1 size larger than I'd normally wear only because the pic on the pattern depicts the cardigan as falling at the waist and the front sides not able to meet - a very fitted, snug cardigan.  Well, when you have as much natural padding as many curves as I do, a short cardi that is snug makes me look like I tried on a sweater a couple of sizes too small (I can't help picturing Chris Farley singing, "Fat Guy in a Little Coat" from Tommy Boy.) or am a stuffed sausage. So I plan on making mine a little oversized for some nice drapey fabric that will result in a go-to sweater for curling up with a book or my knitting: not too hot and not to cold.


Featherweight Cardi as of April, 2011

I have made progress on the cardi - considering I hadn't picked it up in months!  I am close to finishing the body of the sweater.  Then I need to knit the bottom rib.  Then comes some decisions.  I need to decide if I'm going to make the sleeves half, three quarter, or full length.  I also need to decide if I want my collar to curl or if I want to put in a rib to match the rib on the bottom of the sweater and bottom of the sleeves.  I really don't want to introduce another stitch pattern like garter, moss, or lace because the beauty of this sweater lies in it's simplicity.  It's understated and elegant and I'd like to stick with the intentions of the designer, Hannah Fettig, to keep it that way.  I'm thinking 3/4 sleeve, rolling collar.  I like the look of the really drapey lightweight cardigans in the stores right now that have very minimalist design.  They look terrific layered.  And for a little pop, a statement necklace would do the trick!

Anywho.. I'm going to keep plugging away at this cardi because I really want to cast on Adrift soon and I cannot bring myself to abandon my Featherweight Cardigan.

What spring and/or summer weight items are you all knitting or crocheting?  I'd love to know!!!



  1. finishitupitis is a good thing to have

  2. It looks like you've accomplished a lot on it. I can't imagine doing a cardi in fingering weight.

  3. I knit that cardigan in laceweight, and, even though I love it, I can't say I'll ever do that again! By mid-project, I had to make myself knit 10 rows a day. That's the only thing that got me through it!

    Keep at 'er! You can do it!


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