Caramel Cardigan

Sunset Posing

I started this Cardigan in April I think… And I finally finished it last weekend when I was nursing a sore back… (Nothing serious just too much running around on my week off work!).

The design was heavily inspired by one I had seen in a shop:

I didn’t have a pattern so I used a similar shaped coatigan to check my finished measurements:

This first sleeve attempt had to be ripped back…

I knitted the sleeves two at a time, to keep the shaping even. Checking them against the grey coatigan.

I only took rough notes as I was working on it in fits and spurts, so I might not be able to recreate it!

Shoulders are a bit wide here (also see 4 stitches at the seams)

It’s made from the bottom up with a seamless body and raglan sleeves, with 4 purl stitches at the seam.

I used short rows to build up the back neck and also to bring the shoulders in towards the neckline. The short rows blended well with the moss stitch.

Shawl collar and raglan seam reduced to 2 stitches

There were 4 stitches at the raglan seams, but after trying it on, I used mattress stitch to close 2 of them up so, that the seam was sturdier and narrower. (The raglan seams could be a bit neater as I think I mixed up a few k2tog with k1sl1psso!).

Reducing raglan seam using mattress stitch

I also added a row of crochet chain across the inside back neck for some extra strength. The front bands were knitted by picking-up stitches along the edges and around the back neck. Short rows and increases shaped the shawl collar.

Love the sleeve length… I like my thumbs to be almost covered!

This next one is for Stephanie! I found a moth wearing colours to match!

Wondering if I should add buttons..

I might add buttons and maybe pockets, but I’ll wear it a while first and see how it feels.

I’ll sign off with a lovely calm picture of a nearby beach cove… I love the evening colours over the sea.

16 thoughts on “Caramel Cardigan

  1. Well, all I can say is that that is an impressive piece of work. It’s a beautiful piece and the details make it a true designer knit. Brava! I also always used short rows to raise the back a little bit but I’d have to think about it to do the shawl collar!

    I laughed out loud when I saw the moth. πŸ™‚ What a lovely place you live in, too. Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the sea. I’m envious!

    Just yesterday I was looking at the pictures of my goofy moth sweater and thinking that I should make some purely “pretty” knits in the near future. I always seem to go into unrequited artist territory with my knits.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Thanks and I’m glad you spotted the mothπŸ˜‚!
      We are lucky to live so close to the sea, and we’ve been making the most of it (including this morning on the beach, hiding from the rain under an umbrella).
      I’ve been very practical with my knitting whereas I think you express your artistic side through knitting!

      • Thanks for the moth!

        I forgot to reply re the buttons. I wouldn’t add any. It is so elegant as it is, and for sure you could use a pin of some kind if you wanted to keep it closed. I rarely make cardigans so I am not an expert in knitted buttonholes, but I do know that they can sometimes get a bit stretched out (if not reinforced with something). I think KD uses either a button band reinforcement and/or knitted icord and then the buttonholes are formed between the band and the i-cord, which would likely be more stable.

        You are so lucky to be so close to the sea. πŸ™‚

        I think you are also being artistic with this knit. It has lovely details. Congrats!

      • Thanks for your thoughts, looking at it again – it does look elegant without any, and the original didn’t have any closure either, so I should leave well enough alone πŸ˜‰.

      • You could make another one with pockets and buttons if you wanted to. πŸ™‚
        I’m like you though in that I forget to write things down as I make them up, so I can never follow my notes about knitting afterwards, having to reinvent the wheel…

  2. I love the way it turned out! I have tried to improv my own sweater, but I wasn’t happy with the result. That was also before I knew how to do short row shaping. How did you knit the hem (the part that folds over)? Did you pick up the stitches on a long circular inch needle, or did you knit it separately? When I attempted to improv my own cardigan, I picked up a third of the cardigan’s stitches, and then I sewed the sections together. After making the cardigan, I realized there was probably a better way to do it, but I just didn’t know how.

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