… because, really, what else do you expect of me?
After opening Pandora’s Box (aka my Schoppel Zauberball stash drawer) for the coziness mittens I showed you in my last post there was no way back. I just HAD to keep knitting with them (yes, knitting is addictive. And I’m the worst junkie). The subtle colour changes of the crazy Zauberball made this project a real quickie, if you pardon my French.
I just got myself a pair of carbon tips for my interchangeables and wanted to try them out. So far I’m happy with them and am hoping that my husband won’t sit on them for a while (or if he does, that they’ll survive and he’ll learn not to do it ever again :P)
So. This cardigan is for my son’s girlfriend (she’s 2.5 years old) and I am currently working on a match for him.
I used 145grams of leftovers for this cardigan and had lots of fun combining the colours. As I’m not usually a cardi-knitter, I had to try and get the right amount of stitches for it and checked out various patterns for help. I wanted to knit a simple top down raglan with added hood without sewing (yes, you know me, I’m lazy :P). Using fingering weight yarn and size 3.0mm needles.
How may stitches do YOU use?? Everybody seems to knit a cardigan in fingering weight using an enormous amount of stitches, compared to me. I found 186st for size 92 quite common in all patterns, but that would have been way too big even for myself. So I ended up casting on 75 stitches and it fits perfectly. Weird. Am I that loose a knitter? Well. As long as it looks nice and fits, right?
I used a provisional cast on (for the hood) and knit 25 raglan increase rows before joining for the arms. For my toddler it’s the perfect fit and as his girlfriend is a little skinnier than him I’m sure she can wear it, too. I used two balls of Crazy Zauberball and had to add another small leftover in the end for the arms and hood, all together I think the colours blend quite well! I changed colour every 6 rows. The next cardigan will be the same.
So here is my son’s colour choice. I already cast on 90 stitches this time as he is a little taller than his girlfriend and hope that this will be enough yarn for the cardigan. I have about 250grams in total, which I hope will be enough. Otherwise I’ll just have to throw in some other scraps, too 😛
Here, too, I increased for 25 rows and joined for the arms again, changing colour every 6 rows so that the cardis will match. It knits up quite fast, even though the yarn is pretty thin! It must be the excitement to see the shift in colours 🙂 How do you like this one so far?
I wouldn’t be surprised if I found myself going crazy and leftover one for myself next 😛 But now I’ll be off to enjoy the Swedish summer, as long as it lasts! Happy knitting!