FO: Cardigans for Comfort

It’s Monday and I’ve got a crazy work week ahead of me, so why not start out with a finished object?
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I finished my Bermondsey cardigan for my Aunt over the weekend. I was originally going to make her a blanket and I bought 8 skeins of Berroco Vintage Chunky, 4 in grey and 4 in green (her favorite color). But then I decided a cardigan would be better for laying around in while you’re recuperating, right? So I decided I’d do a little color blocking but wanted to add a brighter pop to break things up. So I dug into my stash and pulled out a skein of Patons Shetland Chunky in a citrusy green shade. It was just enough of the punch that I needed for this one.
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I followed the pattern body to a tee but this time I made ribbed sleeves instead of garter stitch ones. You may remember that when I made my black and white Bermondsey my sleeves came out a bit long when I blocked it and I eventually went back and fixed them. Since she’s in Memphis and I can’t easily fix them I figured ribbed cuffs were easier to fold back if too long than garter stitch ones.
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I really do love this cardigan and the fun drape the front panels have. I knit this a size down from what I made myself (I’d say a medium) and since she has a small frame I wanted something that would be cozy on her. I think it will hug her perfectly. I do love how this Vintage Chunky yarn worked up and it washes up beautifully. I didn’t have any fuzzing or pilling and it is so soft and cozy. I’ve still got a few skeins of these colors left and I have 2 other shades in my stash…perhaps I’ll get to make something else with it soon!

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FO: Perfect Pink Storm

This is my best friend, Jessica. She has popped up on this blog occasionally, most notably for this fun green sweater I made for her birthday and her Togue Pond tank (she also reclaimed my Boothbay cardigan and sadly it looks way cuter on her than it did on me). One of her favorite colors is pink (right now she’s on a millennial pink kick) and she loves rose gold and she has pink highlights right now, so when I saw the Patons Metallic yarn in Burnished Rose Gold I knew I needed to pick it up for her. Then I saw the Baldric pattern and I knew it was a perfect casual silhouette for her and I knew that yarn and that pattern would work together beautifully.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Sometimes you find the perfect yarn for the perfect pattern for the perfect person and that’s how I ended up with the Perfect Pink Storm.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Jess has a relaxed, boho style that always has an extra little twist or detail to it. When I saw this sweater pop up on Instagram I knew I was going to make it for her because she’d like the relaxed feel but I knew it needed special yarn to make it pop. Although the neckline and edges aren’t ‘finished’ with any special bind-off or ribbing it still has a fun detail on the sides and on the arms.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
Each sleeve has the same detail as on the side but in different places on the arms. It gives it a little interest and I like it.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
It has a nice relaxed fit and shape and I didn’t make the sleeves super long because I still wanted it to have a bit of polish so she could wear it to work and stack it up with jewelry. I really love this piece and it even makes me consider making one for myself! Added bonus, it’s knit up on bigger needles so it won’t take you long to finish it.
Jessica’s Rose Gold Sweater
The only sad note about this piece…the yarn color is discontinued. But go to their website (I linked to it up top) and grab some of the colors while they’re still on clearance! You can get this yarn for a steal.

FO: Bar Harbor for My Mom

Shall we start of the week with a finished object? I didn’t post this one last week and I had hoped to get a picture of my Mom wearing it but I didn’t before she left for travel (she’s a lady of leisure these days). Instead you get me modeling, not as cute but you get the point…
Mom's Bar Harbor
So you may remember my first Bar Harbor that was a test knit for Alicia Plummer. I knit the first one in Berroco Maya I had in my stash but saw another test knitter use Patons Metallic yarn and I knew I needed to make one with that. For my second Bar Harbor for my Mom I ordered some of the Patons Metallic because it went on crazy sale (they discontinued some colors) and decided to make my mother a version in her favorite color combo since I gave my mom her Christmas sweater, blue and bright green. With her skin tone those colors really pop on her so I knew that color combo would work well for this pattern.
Mom's Bar Harbor
My gauge in length is always a bit longer than what the pattern calls for so I have fewer stripes but you still get a striking effect. And this time instead of binding off all the panels of the shirt, then seaming and picking up stitches for the button band, I put them on hold and seamed up the sides and then just joined them to work in the round. I still got a nice clean edge.
Mom's Bar Harbor
And I decided to add a tiny pop of color with the lime green at the neckline because why not? I’ve still got a good ball and a half left of the green and I also ordered some of the Metallic yarn in black and I’m thinking of making another saddle shoulder top since it’s so nice and light weight. Green shoulders and ribbing will really stand out with the metallic black. In full length or three quarter sleeves it could turn into a great year round sweater to throw on! We shall see.