Well hello there! Can you believe it, a new handknit? And a terribly unseasonable one at that. But this has cardigan has taken me 14 months to knit, so like it or not summerlike weather, we are wearing it!
This is from Vogue's Fall 2010 knitting magazine, I believe, Smocked Cable Coat. I fell in love with the pattern instantly and knit it up with a Cascade 220 heathered yarn called Shire. 7.5 balls I think. It's supposed to have buttons but I haven't been able to find suitable ones yet, and given how many trials we've gone through together I am just wearing it as is until I can find decent ones.
The design feature that makes this cardigan, of course, are the smocked cables. Wowzers, I am never, ever knitting up smocked cables again. They look gorgeous but are they a pain to knit. My fingers hurt at every cable and I could never get through the row fast enough. The result is beautiful, I give you that. But never again. Never. (The more emphatically I speak, the more I jinx myself).
I had intended to lengthen the coat to mid-thigh length but somehow my calculations didn't quite work out. At first it irritated me, but Ali and my mom convinced me to wear it for a year anyways and see if the sweater doesn't grow on me. I think it is working! Because the alternatives are to 1) give it away, 2) cut off the garter stitch hem and then pick up the stitches and knit downwards. After all the trials I've gone through with this sweater (which I shall not bore you with but it involved a lot of unseaming and ripping back and knitting), there is no way I am fiddling with it anymore at this point. I will, however, let you all know if I decide to go with option #1 :-).
(That's a lot of cables. The back nearly killed me.) I rather winged the hood with a lot of short rows and increases and decreases. As a result, it is rather wonky. That's OK though. I wanted this cardigan to have a hoodie, and heck, I can't see myself and how strange the hood looks. It's all good, as we like to say in California. All good.
With this out of the way, maybe my knitting mojo will return! Maybe my crafting mojo in general will return! In the meantime, though, this is definitely one kickass kickback type of sweater for lounging. Just perfect for sitting outside at twilight, my favorite hour of the day, and taking in my parent's beautiful backyard (of which you have just gotten a glimpse). More later, friends!
(My favorite FO photographer has returned to CA to study for his Boards! Perhaps this will be additional incentive to finish up some more projects ...)