Too many knitting projects in your head? Can’t get them out and off your needles fast enough? Too much work? Too many chores? Pressure building? The great thing about spreading myself thin is that I have a lot of variety in my life. But the problem is, I do feel like I’am neglecting everything. Besides attending the teens’ concert and choir performances and district contests, there is a knitting frenzy here.
Some time ago, in the throes of an online yarn sale, I ordered an enormous amount of Noro yarn. A lot of it. Don’t look at me like that; I had a plan for it. Really, I did. This cotton-blend Taiyo Sock yarn, though behaves like single-ply and hard on the hands to knit, is so nice when knit up, washed, and sure to improve with wear. The only thing I don’t like–as I work–the yarn twists on itself and gets tangled. Other than that, Noro yarn really added to the fun…can’t beat the colors!!
I just love this little cardi pattern…coming soon on atelier alfa. I got to test knit another Anne Lernout‘s clever design–perfect little spring/summer top. Fun–and quick–to knit. One piece, practically no seams–just four knitted flowers to stitch.
Go gracefully from denim to tweed with this versatile pattern. Fleur Cardigan is a sweet, timeless cardigan worked from top down with a simple, built-in i-cord button band and edging. Instructions are clear with many visual check points and tutorials such as shadow wrap-&-turn to reference. With successive washing, the silky texture will be enhanced. This is sure to become one of my favorites.
As a layering-kinda-gal, I modified the sleeves to give it the faux layering effect. First, the whimsy cardigan is finished as short-sleeve and added after-thought, roll-up sleeves in a complimentary purple used for the flowers. Apparently, mission accomplished as hubby was baffled why I directed him to include sleeves in the foreground during shooting session earlier today.
The 11/16” Belle Buttons by Dritz (#BB848 100% polyester) were a tad spendy ($11.45 for a pack of 3.) It costs nearly as much as the yarn used for the cardigan?! Needless to say, it’s worth it. The “organic” stony buttons are just perfect–tied in with the black hues in Noro Taiyo.
I am very pleased with the final touches added (sewn in ribbon to back of button band.)
I’m so sad to be done with this test knit. It is like the book you don’t want to finish because it’s such a great read. Does it happen to you?
Happy crafting and keep those creative juices running!
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