Chandelier Cardigan

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Two months gone by! May is always terribly busy at work, and I’m glad to see a little rest in the coming weeks. I finished this cardigan quite some time ago, but needed to sew on buttons. Of course, when I finally forced myself to do it, these were the best looking buttons I had in my stash! I intend to replace them at some point.

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I absolutely loved knitting this pattern up, and the finished cardigan is really great too. Better than these photos suggest, and much lighter. (Sidebar: the photos look lighter on my phone too, so hopefully anyone reading can actually see the detail! Someday I’ll take good photos. Someday.) It really might be my most enjoyed knitting project yet! The lace pattern is not hard and it’s easy to see where you are. I meant to put in lifelines, but decided I didn’t need to early on (and luckily I was right!). This pattern is in the bookΒ The Art of Seamless Knitting, which I got on eBay for $4, including shipping. The other patterns look nice, but I don’t think I like them enough to actually make them. Too many amazing patterns out there!

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I used Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in sport weight, because I still feel like too much of a sweater novice to spring for nicer yarn. It’s fine, easy to knit, and the finished item is okay. The sapphire color is amazing, and I think it makes the yarn look nicer than it actually is! I knit the second size, and it came out perfect. Then I put it in the washing machine on delicate before blocking, and it shrunk just enough that I could use a size bigger. It’s not unwearable, just a tad snug in the arms.

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There are so many patterns in my Ravelry favorites that I can’t really imagine knitting this one again, but I probably should! Definitely a winner of a pattern!