WIP: The Dionaea Muscipula Cardigan

I’m making great progress on my Dionaea Muscipula Cardigan from Interweave Knits Winter 2019.

In fact, it’s almost going a little too fast. (I don’t say that often about a project, but I’ve been enjoying knitting this cardigan so much that I want to savor the experience for as long as possible.)


1. The Cable Pattern

The cable pattern in this cardigan is unique and interesting, but without the heaviness that cables often lend to a garment. The pattern has just enough detail to keep the knitting interesting without taxing my brain too much. There are also large areas of knitting that consist of working the stitches “as they appear,” which is a welcome relief after a long day of reviewing sweater instructions!

2. The Simple Construction

The back has side shaping below the armholes, in addition to armhole and shoulder shaping, but the fronts are only shaped at the armhole and V-neck. The main part of the sleeves is worked all in reverse stockinette stitch so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of the shaping and the cable pattern at the same time.

Thus far, I’ve completed the back, the left front, and part of the right front.

The pattern calls for the sleeves to be worked separately and sewn into the armholes, but I’m toying with the idea of picking up stitches around the armhole and working the sleeves from the top down (because I really don’t like to sew in sleeve caps). There is no cable pattern on the sleeves, so the direction won’t matter. I’ll decide that once I have completed the right front and sewn the front and back shoulders together.

3. The Yarn

I absolutely love working with this yarn. Not only is it incredibly soft (which my hands appreciate), it also has great stitch definition and makes the cables really stand out. I wanted a slightly darker color for my cardigan than the one that was used for the cardigan in the magazine, so I chose #1810 charcoal.

Eco Cloud (by Cascade Yarns) is a blend of undyed merino wool and alpaca (affiliate link).

Well, I’m off to post my project photos on Ravelry. I can’t wait to see yours!

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