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!

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FO: My First Custom Sweater

Custom gradient striped cardigan
I did it! I pushed my fears to the side and decided to make a custom cardigan for myself. I used the book Top Down Sweaters (I highly suggest buying it when Interweave has one of those 40% off sales), reviewed other patterns with elements that I liked and created a fitted cardigan.
Custom gradient striped cardigan
Is it perfect? Of course not but I’m pretty damn happy about it. Here are the details (also on the Ravelry project page):

Yarns used:
Cream yarn is Manos del Uruguay Gloria superwash (insanely soft)
Stripes are the SweetGeoriga Party of Five worsted weight superwash
Camel yarn on the button band and edgings is Rowan Superwash in Toffee
Buttons are really fun rainbow buttons I found at my local Joann’s
Needle size is 9 for the body and 8 for the ribbing
Custom striped cardigan
My problem area was the collar. I wanted to do a ribbed shawl collar but as much as I love short rows I am still horrible about picking up the wraps so I have so gapping. Plus, I can’t fold the collar over but the shape is still nice, even with the little gaps from my short rows. I could’ve pulled the collar out and redone it but I was okay with it as is. 
Custom striped cardigan
Overall, I’m pretty pleased. Plus the temps are dropping so I can actually wear this to work (I threw this on yesterday to take photos and then changed into another top). And this was less than 2 weeks of knitting. Those size 9 needles were moving! Now on to my next project and probably making a couple of versions of this for my sisters and my mom.