FO: Boardwalk (Test Knit)

Remember that test knit I finished way back in May but couldn’t post about? Well, the pattern has been released and I can finally share the Boardwalk sweater with you.
Boardwalk test knit
I know at first you’re thinking, okay it’s a nice sweater but what’s special about it? Well…I’ve been wanting to knit a sweater with buttons down the back and this pattern is for a cardigan you can choose to knit to wear the buttons in the front or in the back. They just alter the shaping a bit depending on how you wan to wear it. And honestly, you could wear it both ways in my opinion regardless of how you knit it.
Boardwalk test knit
I knit this entirely with Miss Babs Yowza (it really is a favorite yarn of mine for it’s durability, softness, the colors AND it has 560 yards per skein). The body is knit with the colorway Spread Your Wings that I bought at the 2017 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and had been holding on to for something special and the ribbing was all done in the colorway Rainforest. It’s really pretty teal blue that I originally used in my Technicolor Dream Coat. I love when I can finally use a yarn I’ve been holding on to and the color and the pattern turn out beautifully.
Boardwalk test knit
I was sad that I was knitting this sweater and wouldn’t be able to wear it until the fall because I love the fit and style. It has a split hem, it has a bit of ease built into it and I just love the buttons down the back. I decided to pick up the flecks of purple in the Spread Your Wings colorway and do varying shades of purple going from light to dark down the back.
Boardwalk test knit
I enjoying doing a few test knits a year. It’s fun to see the process for designers and I always enjoy helping making a pattern clearer. Plus I get a sneak peek at what’s coming down the pipeline! I’m actually working on another test knit right now for a different designer that will be released in August so you’ll see more secret projects soon! Does anyone else enjoy test knitting?

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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!

FO: The Big Cozy

I’m always hesitant to knit with super bulky and chunky weight yarns because I’ve always felt like they can add bulk to your frame. And since I’ve got curves and am not the tiniest or the tallest I prefer my knits to show off my shape and not add to it. But I bought this Bernat Wool-up Bulky a while ago and only made a Hunger Games style cowl for my friend Salina and it was just taking up space in my yarn drawers. So I found the Superbulky Grandpa pattern and thought I’d give it a try and if I didn’t like the end result I’d just give it away.
The big cozy
I like the end result. LOL I worked this up in just a couple of days on size 17 needles. I liked the construction of this one a lot, a provisional cast-on creates the majority of the collar and you eventually taper it down. It was clever and kept my engaged. I did start my button holes earlier on the pattern so it wouldn’t be so low and as always I had to make my sleeves shorter (otherwise they’d be dragging on the ground).
The big cozy
And whenever I stop to take pics I typically have at least one dog pulling on my legs so I put Jellybean in a chunky knit sweater I picked up at HomeGoods a few weeks ago for a few dollars. It was too cute to not buy at under $10.
The big cozy
I’m also always asked about how Jellybean poses and this is what she does all on her own. It cracks me up, she wants to be picked up and as soon as you pick her up she just freezes into position. I always wonder if she’s comfortable but if I put her down she whines to get picked up again, so I’ll go with it. And I was actually cast-on one more sweater this week…I’ll let you guys know how that progress goes. I’ve still got 12 days left in December and that’s totally enough time for me to finish something.