A Finished Object! The Minimalist Cardigan

Kathleen's finished Minimalist Cardigan

The Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum was my knit-along project from the spring, and I finally finished it. Yay for me! What's more, I went to the beach last weekend and I got to wear it.

Here are the things I love about the sweater:

  • The drape of the moss stitch. It hangs beautifully, even after lots of worrying. The worrying happened because moss stitch tends to bias (I found out) during the knitting progress, but it magically straightens itself out when it's blocked (like so many other glitches do!).
  • The stockinette bands. This detail really makes the sweater for me. It's beautiful and I love how it rolls in a bit; it makes the perfect edging. Some people in the knit-along didn't care for the rolling so they added a different stitch pattern to the edge. Some did a slip stitch at the edge and one person even did a cable all the way up both fronts. I decided to compensate for the rolling by adding another inch to each edge, so I added 5 stitches.
  • The yarn. I choose Cascade Venezia, which is a silk/merino blend. The silk really lightens up the yarn, making it perfect for spring and fall pieces, and even for summer evenings at the beach! I love the color, too. I'd been wanting to knit something in cream and this seemed like a good candidate. And it was! The cream is such a nice neutral; it works with black, brown, gray, red—virtually any color, really.

What I would change if I did this sweater again:

  • Make the fronts wider. I find myself tugging at the fronts to bring them together. That's part of the "minimalist" aspect of this pattern—no buttons, zipper, etc., but it's bugging me a little. I think I'm going to try a shawl pin for this piece, or just bite the bullet and get used to the larger opening at the front.
  • Do the kitchenener stitch to connect the stockinette bands together at the back neck. I strongly dislike doing the kitchener stitch; I seem, to always mess it up and have to do it several times, stretching out the yarn. So I ended up using the three-needle bind-off instead. It's okay but there is a little bulk at the back. I just need to practice the kitchener (also known as "grafting") so I can be as good as my friend Terry, who just whips out her needle and yarn, starts grafting, and keeps visiting all the while. Maybe she'll trade me a latte for a lesson!

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