My First Sweater: The Celia Cardigan
Almost everything about knitting a sweater scares me. My mind focuses on the hypothetical disasters like it ending up too tight, too baggy, or feeling like I’ve wasted both time and money. I started to believe that my needles would never knit a sweater. But then I met the Celia Cardigan and Interweave Knits Winter 2019.
This issue is packed with stunning sweaters that inspired me to challenge my knitting skills and tackle my long-held fear of knitting for my arms. And these three projects quickly established my short-list.
The Dionaea Muscipula Cardigan’s dramatic stacked cables draw me right in. There isn’t one thing I would change about this piece. And while I selected another to knit right now, this one is still in my queue. If you want to follow along and knit this one with us, Joni Coniglio (our Senior Project Editor) is already knitting away!
FINISHED SIZE 32 (36, 40, 44, 47¼)“ circumference at underarm, with fronts overlapped 3”. Cardigan shown measures 36”, modeled with 1” of positive ease.
YARN (affiliate link) Cascade Yarns Eco Cloud (70% undyed merino wool, 30% baby alpaca; 164 yd / 3½ oz): #1804 bunny, 9 (9, 11, 11, 12) skeins.
NEEDLES Sizes 7 (4.5 mm) and 8 (5 mm): 32” circular. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers; cable needle; stitch holders; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 20 sts and 27 rows = 4” in rev St st on larger needle; 27 sts and 28 rows = 4” in charted patt on larger needle.
The Crystal Pullover is a stunning sweater with an exciting lace motif around the neck and shoulders. Plus the yarn, Jagger Spun The Green Line Organic Sport, is a yarn I’m dying to knit with. But I think I’ll hold off on a circular-yoke knitting pattern until I’m a little more comfortable with garments.
FINISHED SIZE 31¾ (35½, 39¼, 43, 46¾, 50½)“ circumference at underarm. Pullover shown measures 35½”; modeled with 1½“ of positive ease.
YARN Jagger Spun The Green Line Organic Sport (100% organic merino wool; 332 yd / 3½ oz): lagoon, 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) skeins.
NEEDLED Size 2 (2.75 mm): 16”, 24”, and 36” circular and set of double-pointed. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers (m); stitch holders; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 30 sts and 42 rnds = 4” in St st.
The Celia Cardigan is a loosely fitted piece featuring a stunning mock cable texture pattern, a hint of lace, and a luscious shawl collar. And you know I’m a sucker for lace (despite my struggles). When I look at this cardigan, all I think is, “I need to have that.”
FINISHED SIZE 17 (20¼, 23½, 26½, 29¾, 33)“ back width. Cardigan shown measures 20¼” on model with 35” bust.
YARN (affiliate link) HiKoo Kenzie (50% New Zealand merino, 25% nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca, 5% silk noils; 160 yd / 1¾ oz): #1013 Tekapo, 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22) balls. Yarn distributed by Skacel.
NEEDLES Size 6 (4 mm): 32” circular. Size 7 (4.5 mm): straight. Adjust needle size if necessary to obtain the correct gauge.
NOTIONS Markers; tapestry needle.
GAUGE 20 sts and 28 rows = 4” in charted patt on larger needles.
My only hesitation was the construction because I prefer to knit in the round whenever possible, but thanks to the DK weight yarn and size US 7 needles, this back piece is knitting up surprisingly fast. The mock cable motif is also super short and easily worked by referencing the pattern just once (at the beginning of each row).
Kenzie, from HiKoo by Skacel, is wonderful to knit with. It’s tweedy, soft, and springy, all thanks to the blend of New Zealand merino, nylon, angora, alpaca, and silk noils. And it’s a delight to watch this fabric come to life—the angora haze makes a cozy looking fabric that somehow doesn’t affect the stitch definition! I theorize this phenomenon is produced by equal parts thoughtful yarn design and magic.
Are you knitting anything from Interweave Knits Winter 2019? Want to do an Interweave KAL with us? Let us know!
For inspired winter knitting, see our winter knitting titles.