The Seaweed Cardigan: A Finished Object!
|My Seaweed Cardigan|
I recently finished what might be the best thing I've ever knitted: The Seaweed Cardigan.
It's the perfect length, the perfect width, the perfect color, the perfect yarn (Classic Elite Soft Linen), and just basically the perfect spring-through-fall garment. Thanks, Cecily Glowik MacDonald, for dreaming up the Seaweed Cardigan. I was already a big fan of yours, but this little number cemented the deal!
The Seaweed Cardigan was chosen for the Knitting Daily Spring Knit-Along, and we had so much fun knitting it together! I have a seriously terrible track record for finishing the knit-alongs on schedule, but the Seaweed was so much fun, and fast—no sleeves to knit!—that I finally finished on time.
What really helped me out was the lace pattern. It's a 16-row repeat that's easy to memorize. I usually finished at least one repeat before setting my project down—I wanted to see the lace develop, and it quickly did.
The Seaweed confirmed something that I've been thinking about my knitting for quite a while now: I finish things faster when there's something going on in the pattern, such as colorwork, cables, or lace. I still love my smooth, clean stockinette, but I've finished a lot of projects lately, and most of them have some action mixed in with the stockinette.
|My cat, Milo, loves the
Seaweed Cardigan, too!
|Applied I-cord sleeve edging|
I did a newish-to-me finishing technique on the Seaweed—an applied I-cord on the sleeves instead of the ribbing. It took less time than doing the ribbing—just one short evening of knitting—and it was really worth it. (See the photo at right.) I used this technique a couple of years ago on a felted bag, but I'd forgotten about it. A couple of folks in the knit-along did the I-cord bind-off and it looked so fantastic I had to copy them. (It's the sincerest form of flattery, don't forget!)
|Kris, Carmen, and Mary show off their finished sweaters|
I had so much fun on the Knitting Daily knit-along, that I started one at my LYS, A Grand Yarn. There were five of us who knitted along, and four of us finished. I'll bet the fifth knitter is done by now, too, she was close! Three members of our group are pictured at left.
Kris worked the pattern in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, she knit the cardi according to the pattern. Carmen knit the Seaweed in Malabrigo Rios. She added the applied I-cord around the front and sleeves. Mary used Rowan calmer for the Seaweed she knit for her daughter. She followed the pattern, too. It's so fun to see how differently everyone's projects turned out. To see more, check out the knit-along forum.
I can't recommend this project highly enough. It's one of those knitting trifectas: fun, easy (good for beginning lace knitters), and flattering!