FO: Cardigans & Coffee

Is it just me, or is every new sweater you knit your new favorite sweater? I can’t help it since they seem to get better and better each time!
Louise top down
This is my Louise Top Down from Madder Anthology 2. Carrie Bostick Hoge makes simple and easy to follow patterns of beautiful modern knits. I love them. This cardigan was meant to be made with three colors, a main color for the body, a second color for button band and bottom ribbing and a third color for the cuffs. I toyed around with a lot of combinations and almost did all rainbow, then thought about navy or a red cuff but decided to go with cream and I like it. I just didn’t want to take away from the rainbow that was already in this gorgeous Yarn Ink Blackened Rainbow Yarn. It was just too good.
Louise top down
You know what else is too good? Making a latte for yourself at home on a Saturday. I’ve had a Dolce Gusto latte machine for years now and I think I’m the best barista on my block 😉 I also love that my Pantone mug matched my camel yarn perfectly!
Louise top down
For this sweater it was pretty simple, a top down raglan. I know this pattern is made in a couple of different versions but for ease and quickness I like top down. I love being able to try it on after you separate the sleeves! Plus the body was knit on size 10 needles! So this was a pretty speedy knit. My only issues ever come in picking up stitches, I always do too little so I had to do the button band twice to get it right and not pull. I also sewed my buttons (bought them at my LYS – Fibre Space) on twice because after the first time the bands didn’t line up. Oops! Otherwise it’s cozy, warm and a great neutral. I’m even wearing it to work with a pencil skirt and burnt orange tights today! I told you I’m trying to make more staples that I can wear over and over in my closet and this one is definitely going to be put in heavy rotation.

Do you have a pattern you love or a sweater you consider a staple? Share and include a Ravelry link too!

14 Replies to “FO: Cardigans & Coffee”

  1. OMG!!! It looks great (minus the cuffs — kidding!)!! And it looks great ON!! Great call on the button band, it looks superb and the buttons you chose are a nice compliment and rounds out the overall look of the piece very nicely! Great visual piece, I LOVE it and it looks FAB-ooooo on you! 😉

  2. I wasn’t sure about the cuffs, but it works worn! Great job!

    1. Thanks! I just felt like if I picked any other color it would take away from the rainbow so I needed to go neutral. And white would have been too bright, so I like the creamier color, not so harsh in contrast.

      1. When I see this, I have to 100% agree that rainbow IS a neutral too… Whodathunkit?!

  3. Oh, I love this. I want to make one too (when I get to that point!). Your knitting is so pretty. And, I love the yarn in the bands.

    1. Thank you 🙂 I think what I love most about knitting is the crazy color combinations I can create. You know I’m so intrigued by your machine knitting. I feel like I’d be cranking out even more than what I do on my own with a machine.

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