Project Diary: The Spoked Cardigan

Kathy O'Neill models her Spoked Cardigan from the 2011 issue of Interweave Knits Weekend.

My knitting group went to a function at our local yarn shop and my friend Kathy showed up in the most beautiful cardigan sweater. I recognized it but I couldn't put my finger on where I'd seen it. I asked Kathy about it and she laughed and said it was the cover sweater from Interweave Knits Weekend 2011. No wonder it looked familiar!

The design is the Spoked Cardigan by Carol Feller, and it's one of the cutest cardigan knitting patterns ever. And it's a pretty easy knit, too!

I invited Kathy here to tell us about knitting her version. Here she is!

The Spoked Cardigan from Interweave Knits Weekend 2011

At first I pretty much ignored this pattern as the colors were about as far from "my" colors as they could get! I also thought "this is for a 20-something girl and I'm a 50-something, but still a girl at heart." And it was overshadowed by a couple of the other sweaters in Weekend that I loved.

But the Spoked Cardigan somehow got stuck in the back of my mind. I love the Noro "Kureyon" worsted-weight yarn and the wonderful color schemes they come up with. Somehow I got to the Noro section on a recent trip to the yarn shop and I ended up going though every color combination they had in the right quantity for the Spoked Cardigan. I found a lovely red-blue-fuchsia-gray combo that was just perfect.

I got the right gauge with a size 9 needle instead of the 8 that was called for in the pattern. I'm really an up-"tight" knitter so I do need a larger needle at times. 

I really just went straight by the pattern, which ended up true to size (I made the 38" bust size). The model in the magazine must be several inches taller than I am because the sweater looked a bit short on her for my taste. I didn't end up lengthening it at all, though-I'm trying to get out of my rut of making and wearing only long sweaters. Turned out on me it's a comfortable length, but not way below the belly.


I did leave out all of the tabs. I thought the sleeve tabs might look better if they faced towards the outside of the arm instead of the inside, which that would have been any easy modification to make, but I decided to leave them off. I didn't need any additional bumps on my hips so left out the hip tabs, too.

I did have to get a bit of advice from my knitting pals to fully understand the chart. I've mostly worked with charts that show only the odd rows, or only the even rows, but not both, so this chart took some getting used to. It really went fast when I got going, though, especially after I had the short-row process perfected. I actually finished it faster than any other sweater I've knit. The lack of finishing work it required was a bonus-yippie–I do dread the finishing work!

I thought the yarn might be a bit scratchy at first, but it's a lovely garment to wear and the sweater is really nice and soft, especially post blocking. I've gotten lots of compliments on it and I'm even thinking of making it again in Noro Silk Garden using a subtle color palette.

Happy knitting,


P.S. Want to knit the Spoked Cardigan? The 2011 issue of Interweave Knits Weekend is on sale now!

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