A week with a Featherweight

At a time when I feel so very un-featherweight (aka 28 weeks pregnant), working with this yarn and pattern has been delightful. This is the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, available on Ravelry as a single pattern, or part of a book called Knitbot Essentials. I looked through many of the Knitbot patterns, and I like most of them because they seem easily wearable in most wardrobes. The more experience I have with knitting, the better I get at assessing what pieces will actually get a lot of use when I finish them. I think Featherweight is definitely a piece that will get a lot of use.

The yarn is the delightful Classic Elite Silky Alpaca Lace in color 2420. Each ball is 460 yards, so I feel pretty proud that I knit almost an entire ball of it in just a week. The yarn has a nice hand, and I keep rubbing the fabric against my face because it feels so light and cuddly. I am at about 12″ from the armpit to the bottom of the sweater. I was supposed to stop at 8″ or so, but since I have a pretty long waist, and this cardigan is cropped a little bit shorter than I would like, I have continued knitting. I think I’ll consider starting the bottom ribbing in another half to full inch, making my total length from armpit to bottom more like 15 inches.

I should also be considering how much this will block…but since I’m too lazy to block swatches like I would the finished product, it remains a mystery for now. I’m hoping to get this all out of two balls (920 yards). After the bottom ribbing it’s just the sleeves and the collar. For both of those, I plan to stick to the pattern’s plan, so I’m hopeful that I can get this done with two balls and keep the cost of the sweater around twenty dollars. I do have another ball of yarn set back at the store, just in case…

10 thoughts on “A week with a Featherweight

  1. Looks fantastic so far, at least from the perspective offered in the photo.
    I think I have already expressed my awe for knitters who not only take on, but complete, what I consider big projects: any garment other than a hat, scarf or mittens/gloves/socks qualifies as big to me.
    Keep up the great work, looking forward to seeing the end result. I can’t wait to see the before/after blocking shots, so make sure you post them. 🙂

  2. Wow…I am amazed at how fast you can churn out entire garments–I’m still plodding away on a romper I started a month ago!
    Good to know about the waist length!

  3. This looks great! I have to admit I still get confused about calculating how much meters are in one yard (I always have to look it up). It’s just so weird, why do you guys take about 2,5cm and make this one unit of measuring? :mrgreen:

  4. Don’t you love how fast this knits up?! And I’m sure you’ll be fine with the yardage. I added length to mine and still used less than two balls of Malabrigo.

  5. I’m working on a similar laceweight cardigan, and I just can’t find the motivation to keep going – it’s like I knit and knit and nothing happens.

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