minimalistTa-da! I just keep pulling finished sweaters off the blocking board like I’m a magician! I swear I don’t have elves knitting these things. This one had been lounging in pieces with all but the sleeve caps knit since 2009 or so.

We had a couple of issues. I ran out of yarn before the sleeves, but the spare ball I got was a close enough match that I don’t think I’ll ever notice. Yeah, I didn’t stripe in the color on this one either. If it doesn’t seem totally necessary I don’t worry about it. Fearless knitting!


I think I also put off the finishing on this cardi because I was intimidated by seaming Moss stitch, especially in the shoulders. Last year, when I was finishing the Larch Cardigan, I watched this video narrated by Cirilia Rose that explains how to do set-in sleeves. They do require focus and I use a lot of my Clover locking stitch markers to keep the pieces pinned evenly while I seam, but they’re not impossible or even that scary anymore. Whoa…I think I don’t hate  seaming anymore, but it’s still not as fun as just knitting.


Yeah, that’s a stitch marker in my left ear. It’s conveniently close to a 12 gauge earring.

The yarn is Berocco Ultra Alpaca in Yucca Mix. I like it. I love the way the Ultra Alpaca Light has worn on my Larch Cardigan, so I expect some good performance out of this cardigan as well. I’m really happy to have another sweater I love that can be worn with a lot of different tops.

I feel like I’ve done almost enough sweaters of different types to just design one for myself. I don’t know why this still seems so intimidating, but I’d like to accomplish it soon. Even though I love the mindlessness of top-down raglans and not having to seam things, I really love the polished look and fit of set-in sleeves.

16 thoughts on “Mmmmmminimalist.

  1. Why do you keep posting such cute pictures in gorgeous sweaters that make me want to knit more sweaters?! Why are you doing this to me?! Well, even so, I love it and I love your stitch marker earring!

  2. I love this sweater! Great color and fit. This pattern has been on my to-do list for years – it looks so versatile!

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