Fiddly, but worth it

Aw yeah! Happy to be finished! bluesand

BlueSand Cardigan is a lovely pattern.  It has enormous amounts of detail and takes you step-by-step through everything, with photo tutorials where necessary.  It does have many elements you have to attend to for a good portion of the pattern, but overall I had fun making this.  I was ready to finish it already and wear it.  When working on two larger projects (this and New Girl) progress can seem fairly slow for both.  I made headway here and there in decent-sized chunks though.

Contemplating the yard full of junk.

Contemplating the yard full of junk.

My only real changes to the pattern include using fingering weight yarn and moving the slipped stitch portion on the arm to the elbow area for an elbow patch effect.  I added a couple of extra rows on the contrast color rows at the top, but my row gauge was close enough to the pattern, so I wasn’t concerned about changing much.  In my experience, superwash yarns grow like crazy in such a large garment, so I didn’t want to add any extra length to this already over-sized garment.  Since I used fingering weight, I went up one size from my normal size to get a pretty good approximation to the chest size I wanted. I didn’t actually do a wet block for this yet.  I steamed it, since I was eager to put it on and take some photos.  I think a few ripples here and there would look nicer with a wet block, but I’m happy to get to wear it. bluesand-2

Never thought you’d use algebra after high school?  Knitters use it all the time.  In this case, if you’re subbing yarn, you just need to know your stitch gauge from the swatch with the new yarn (you swatched, right?), then look at the total stitch count around the chest size (or wherever the fit matters to you most) and divide by your swatch’s stitches per inch.  Simple, simple.  I was within a half inch of my target chest size, so I just went with one of the written sizes to make it easy for myself to follow.  A half an inch is totally within the blocking margin of error.bluesand-3

At first I didn’t think all the pocket striping was worth it, but now I’m glad it’s there.  Same thing for the i-cord bind off.  It really finishes things nicely.

If you want to know more specifics about the yarn, further project notes, and yardage used, check out my project page on Ravelry.  It’s public, so you can see it even if you aren’t a Ravelry user (but why wouldn’t you be?).bluesand-4

I love this cardigan and I should get to wear it for several chilly mornings, evenings, rainy days, and in overly air-conditioned offices for days to come.

38 thoughts on “Fiddly, but worth it

  1. You are amazing!! As a sometimes-knitter, I am in awe of the work that you put into such a gorgeous fingering weight sweater. I did one in a baby-size 6 years ago that I’m still recovering from it. Hmmmm. Maybe you’ve just helped me heal by showing me these fabulous pictures. I feel that itch that makes me want to pick up some needles and yarn….

  2. Oh wow, it looks AMAZING! I love the colours you chose, the design overall – and those POCKET STRIPES!!! 😀 Plus you look super happy wearing it.

  3. Your cardigan is incredible! It really is so gorgeous, and I love all the details (the pocket!!!). You are just too cute!

  4. I absolutely love the colors! This is such a beautiful piece! Thanks for sharing! I am not a great knitter (I’d put myself at just above a beginner if I’m honest) but these sort of things inspire me to get better! Awesome!! Great work!

  5. Excellent in every way, Cassy!! I’ve never really studied the details on this sweater, so now that I read your post, I’m seeing what you mean about fiddly. Oh, but the result! It’s like a knitting master class. It looks so great on you!

    • Thanks so much! After a sweater is fully finished I somehow gloss over most of the struggles or bothers. Maybe it’s like pregnancy/childbirth that way…. ha!

  6. Love it, especially the pockets! I am just knitting my second baby sweater and a very basic knitter, who can’t seem to read that pattern right, yet again.

  7. What a great spring sweater. How did you find the shoulders? I read a post Rillie wrote about how they were a sort of hybrid method, and was curious about what that meant/how they would fit.

    I am so jealous of your no socks, no jacket outdoor photos. One of these days I swear we’re going to break into double-digit temperatures.

    • I like the shoulders! I feel like the stay in place well. As much as I love Hannah Fettig sweaters, I have a lot of issues with the shoulders on her sweaters slipping. I think the contiguous element gives it a wee bit more structure. I also love the shoulders on Blank Canvas. BC shoulders were a little easier to execute than these on BlueSand, but they also seem to stay in place well.

      The no-socks weather comes and goes. I think it was about 75F/23C that day. It wasn’t really sweater weather, but I wanted a pic anyway. You won’t be jealous when I’m living in sweltering 100F/37C weather in a couple of months…The sweating never ends.

  8. It looks amazing! I’m no where close to finishing mine but you inspire me. Your color choices are wonderful too. Wear it well!!! YAY!!

  9. Congratulations! I love this cardigan, especially the hidden stripes in the pockets. I began a fingering-weight cardigan of my own several months ago. I keep getting discouraged because the progress is slow, but you’ve inspired me to pick it up again. Thanks so much!!!

  10. OH my GOD! This looks so cool! I absolutely love it and I am so jealous 😡 🙂 I love knitted cardigans but I am WAAAAAY to lazy to make one on my own 😀

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