The Siri Cardigan

My Siri cardigan is finished. I am so pleased with this cardigan, it turned out just as I wanted it to.

Close up on the back of the cardigan
I am in love with this pattern and I have all ready bought yarn to make a second one.

For this cardigan I used Sandnes yarn “Smart”. It’s a 100% wool yarn that’s superwashed. It was quite nice to knit with and the finished piece is both warm and does not itch.

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I did two modifications to this cardigan. The first was to make it waist length instead of hip length. This is an easy modification to do as the pattern allows you to try the cardigan on while you are knitting. That way I knew when I reached my waist that I didn’t want it much longer. So I just stopped and did the ribbing right there.

My second modification was the sleeves. According to the pattern the sleeves were to be a length of 36 cm (If I remember correctly), but when I tried the first sleeve on it was too short. It had a middle length and ended somewhere in the middle of my forearm. So I had to lengthen the sleeves with approximately 10 cm.

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You can find the pattern on ravelry by the designer Clara Linnea. I really recommend it since it was both fun, easy and quite fast to knit.

The photos of me were taken by sweet Cheryl Low.

 

Finished project: knit-a-long hoodie

Finished sweater from the front

The knitting project I did together with my friends is now finished and it was so much fun. It was a lot faster than any of us thought it would be. We all finished the project within two weeks. I did not knit every day but when I did I had sittings that were around 2 hours long (or more during weekends).

I decided to not do the hoodie on the sweater mainly because I tend not to wear hoodies that often and I wanted to make sure I’d use this sweater a lot. Instead I just did a little collar that curls on itself. I’m very happy with the look of it and I’m sure I’ll use it often.

 

Close up on the collar

The yarn, Eskimo from Drops, was really soft to work with and I’m in love with the colour. It’s a mix colour that has a bit of white in it and I really like that. I would definitely use this yarn for future projects. It comes in so many colours and variations that it’s easy to find several favourites.

The pattern from Sandnes was a bit tricky, not in the “difficult” way but in the language way.  I haven’t knitted anything using a norwegian pattern before and so there was some new vocabulary to learn. Many things I could guess but it’s good that they provide a vocabulary sheet in the front of the “book”.
I knitted size M and I used 10 of the 12 skeins I bought for this sweater. I’m not sure if the hoodie would need two skeins but I guess it’s better to be safe. I’m a very loose knitter and I used 8mm needles instead of the recommended 9mm.

Sweater from the back

The new thing for me with this sweater was how it was knitted all in one piece. From one sleeve, the body and to the second sleeve. I then only needed to sew together the sides of the sweater. Genius!

I think the small details on this sweater are adorable. The little ridge along the sleeves and the nice hem were very easy to make but added such a nice effect. I would easily knit another one of these sweaters immediately if I didn’t have other projects going on. I might do another one later on though!

 

Close up on the detail along the sleeve

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Thank you Cheryl for taking these photos.