FO: A Lovely Teazel Rainbow

I have a thing for rainbows. You’ve seen my Rainbow Madigan and my Louise Cardigan with the rainbow ribbing. Rainbows bring me so much joy. So you knew when I found this rainbow yarn I was going to wait until I figured out exactly what project it would be perfect to pair with. It took me a bit of time…and then I remembered how much I loved my original Teazel cardigan and decided this would be the perfect project to make again. I was right.
Rainbow Teazel
I love all my projects but I’ve realized if it’s green or a rainbow I’m head over heels in love with it. I. Love. This. Sweater. My Rainbow Teazel Cardigan.
Rainbow Teazel
I don’t know if you can tell how giddy I am in these pics but I am. As soon as it was dry I wore it to work the next day. The yarn is Cascade Casablanca which has been discontinued (why do all the yarns I love get discontinued?!) and is a mix of wool, silk and goat mohair. I worked this cardigan up on size 10 needles so it’s not a heavy fabric and I was able to wear this to work in my freezing office and feel comfortable all day. I even wore it outside while it was muggy and wasn’t sweating and hot.
Rainbow Teazel
In order to keep my rainbow in the same order I had to sometimes cut down a ball of yarn to the last color I was working with but I ended up using almost every piece of yarn I cut from the skeins in the body of this sweater. Since it’s a top down sweater I knew once I went back to knit the arms they wouldn’t have small stripes but I don’t mind the wider stripes going down the arms. And in the pattern the only modification I made was to make the arm decreases every 4 rows instead of 8 because it called for 19 inches of sleeves and I’ve only got about 16 inches of arm. Plus I prefer a bracelet length sleeve for my sweaters.
One of my favorite details is the neckband. I love how the rainbow plays out so you get all the colors around the neck. It’s such a beautiful and happy little sweater. And with the mix of silk and wool it has this great drape that I didn’t get on my heavier cotton version.
Rainbow Teazel
This one can really give you a good twirl. I’m counting this as part of the Summer of Basics Makealong but I’m laughing because whenever I look at the feed everyone’s basics are neutrals (grey, black, tan…) and I’ll pop into the feed with ALL the colors. LOL But it wouldn’t be me or a piece that really fit into my wardrobe if I didn’t make what makes me happy and color makes me deliriously happy. Besides, this sweater already coordinates with at least 4 pairs of pants and 5 skirts in my closet. Folks in my office will see this one a lot and I already got a ton of compliments on it when I wore it.

I’m really loving how Bristol Ivy puts her patterns together. They’re cleverly constructed with interesting details to keep you interested in the knit. I have a couple more of her patterns in my queue to work on next. But I don’t know if I’ll make a knit that’s quite as happy as this one. It just makes me smile. And isn’t that what a good knit is all about?

22 Replies to “FO: A Lovely Teazel Rainbow”

  1. You are contagious!!! I was smiling just looking at it 😉

  2. You should get a commission. Just bought the Teazel pattern so I can have my own rainbow sweater – but I’m going to try it with a cotton cake yarn… I love seeing your stuff. Your photographs and descriptions are inspiring and very helpful and just plain fun. Thank you!!

    1. Aww thank you!! Um…send me pics here or on Raverly when you finish yours! I’d love to see it.

  3. Oh, my goodness, Dana!! Where to start? You’ve done just a beautiful job with the pattern. Add in your amazing rainbow yarn, and this is almost too much knitting goodness to bear. And the last picture of you swirling?!!! I think you’ve made my whole day. 🙂

    1. Well I’m happy to have made your day. I love a good twirl. I was so excited to wear this one. Almost wore it to work on Wednesday with a damp left arm! LOL But I was patient and waited until it was completely dry.

  4. Such a beautiful, happy sweater! I love how your joy comes through in the photos!!! I agree, Bristol Ivy’s patterns are really great … I’ve knit a few and they never disappoint!

    1. I won a couple of her patterns as a prize but I’ve bought so many on my own. Went back and read a nice article about her in my 2015 Knitscene while I was picking which sweater to knit next!

  5. Stunning and seeing the pictures made me so happy! rainbows are beautiful and so summery, love it!

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