FO: Carbeth Cardigan

Ya’ll I needed sunshine. Daylight savings is my FAVORITE time of year because there’s so much light outside and that alone has lifted my mood. And I think it helped usher in my knitting mojo. So much so that in the middle of knitting my Tamsyn cardigan I stopped and started a Carbeth cardigan.
Carbeth cardigan
I’ve been very behind on my knitting blog reading so I totally missed the Mason Dixon Knitting Carbeth Cardigan Knit Along for February but I started seeing the sweaters popping up all over my feed with the #bangoutaCarbeth hashtag. I’m easily influenced, so when I saw there was a cardigan version I knew I was down.
Carbeth cardigan
Both versions of the sweater are cropped and wide with a decorative emphasis on the raglan shaping. It’s knit from the bottom up and you can knit it with dk weight yarn held double or with bulky weight yarn. I used Periwinkle Sheep Intent yarn in the color Antidote. I love her colors, they’re so vivid and bold and I feel like this green is the antidote to this dreary and long winter weather. The yarn is an aran/chunky weight and it creates a light, bouncy and wonderful fabric. I bought this yarn in sapphire blue to make something for my Mom (currently on my needles) but loved how well my Carbeth came out so I ordered more in a gorgeous red she had on sale to make the pullover for my cousin.
Carbeth cardigan
I also had a hard time with choosing buttons. The cardigan has a fun i-cord button band (that I will totally do again on other projects) but the buttons in my stash just wouldn’t do. So I picked up a few options at Joann’s and randomly threw these octopus buttons in my bag. They totally worked with this one! My only modification was that I made the collar shorter. I don’t have a lot of neck and I was slightly worried I’d run out of yarn. It’s a fold over collar so I did half in a leftover skein of Berroco Vintage and you can’t see it on the inside. Problem solved.
Carbeth cardigan
This is a super quick knit (I whipped mine up in 5 days) and is a great layer for spring. I totally encourage you to make one too! Has anyone else made a Carbeth? Share a link to your projects in the comments if you have!

28 Replies to “FO: Carbeth Cardigan”

  1. OMG the octo-buttons are the GREATEST. Feeling all kinds of inspired now 😍

    1. Thank you! I always buy random buttons and these just popped out and they worked. I’m glad they did.

  2. GORRRRRGGGEEEOOOUUUSSS!!!! And I LOVE the button ‘loops’!!! Well done! That color is soooo striking and definitely compliments the design and WEARER of your Carbeth!!! Way to go! Another feather in the cap of the KDD team! 😉

  3. AMAZING!! OK you have convinved me with this to make a Carbeth cardigan!!! I just wish I had that amazing colour!!

    1. Well you can always send a message to the yarn dyer via Etsy to see if she’ll have more available. I knit in this color a lot though.

  4. Looks great. Did you end up using a plate to block the neck as well or was that only for the pullover? I’m sure I’ll make another; it’s a great and fast knit!

    1. I didn’t use the plate and just pinned it. I think that was more so for the pullover than the cardigan.

  5. Awesome!!! Full of light like you!!! Congrats for the speedy knitting, the color choice and the button choice! I’m knitting a baby blanket and a shawl but your invitation to cast on a Carbeth cardigan is giving me itching…

  6. And you did not modify the length at all, right?

    1. Hahaha, no stripes for this one. I did get in some lovely pink and red yarn to make one for my cousin but I can’t decide on whether it should be a cardigan or a pullover.

  7. Your joy is just what I need. I am in the throes of completing a move from where the Mississippi River begins to almost – not quite- where it ends and haven’t had my fingers on needles for almost two months. Your face and that sweater are keeping me going! Soon I hope to being back in the groove with my needles.

    1. You’re too sweet but I’m happy to sprinkle a little knitting joy on you. Hopefully you’ll be reunited with your needles soon!

  8. I knit the Carbeth pullover in black, and I don’t have pictures because the yarn sucks in all light ( the opposite of yours). It’s gorgeous, unusual and so quick to knit. Everyone should “bang out a carbeth” I’ll definitely be knitting another one in a bright color. Probably red. I love your cardigan!

    1. I just got the yarn yesterday to make one for my cousin and hers will be in a lovely red/pink shade. I’m excited to make it again since it went so quickly.

  9. I love this color on you! You look fabulous in this sweater! I followed a link from Rav and am so happy to have bumped into your blog. It lightens up a gray icy Canadian day.

    1. Well I’m happy all my color love brightened your day 🙂 Welcome to Yards of Happiness!

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