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!

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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.

FO: A Colorblocked Boyfriend

I was going to save this for next week but I got a chance to take pictures and I love it so much so I figured why not end the week on a high note with a Finished Object Friday! I told you I got my knitting mojo back and over the long weekend last week I knit up a new cardigan. Meet my Colorblocked Boyfriend cardigan.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
Let me take a step back and talk about how this cardigan came to be because it was not in my queue and was not on my list of must make things for fall. But then I saw this Madelinetosh DK yarn in Torchere (and can’t find it online anywhere) at Looped Yarn Works and it was so striking and gorgeous I had to have it.
Yummy yarn
There is no photo that does it justice but it is an insanely vivid pink with bits of orange and red and it’s just insanely gorgeous in person. I. LOVE. THIS. YARN. I picked up two skeins even though I wanted to buy all the skeins but I knew better than to blow my grocery budget on yarn. When I thought about what it would become I realized I also had two other skeins of neutral yarn I randomly picked up because they caught my eye and I thought they could go with another project. So I added in the Neighborhood Fiber Co studio worsted in Druid Hill (the dark grey brown) and Miss Babs Yowza in Oyster and I knew I could make a sweater.
Colorblocked boyfriend cardigan
I used the free pattern, Shapely Boyfriend cardigan but made a few modifications: I added in a garter stitch panel on the sides, changed the increases from what was on the pattern and went with a garter stitch border instead of ribbing. I also used this buttonhole technique and I think this is what all my buttonholes will be from now on. It gives them a nice reinforcement. It’s a great pattern to put your own twist on. Even though all my yarn was dk weight/light worsted and the pattern called for worsted weight I knew I could get the gauge using size 10 needles based on my Cracked Pepper cardigan. Plus I love the drape of the fabric created on those needles so I set out on Saturday morning to whip up a cardigan. By Monday morning it was blocked and drying and on Tuesday I went back to Looped Yarn Works and picked up the most perfect buttons that have every color of the three yarns I was working with.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
It just all came together in such a lovely way. I will admit, the pink is so intense that it did bleed a little bit on my white tee the day I wore it (Wednesday because why wait?!) but I washed the tee with some OxyClean and it came right out – no harm!
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
I also feel like I finally got a perfect sleeve, I always seem to struggle with that on all my sweaters. This has some room to put on a long sleeve shirt underneath and it’s a great weight for this time of year all the way into spring. I may wear this piece to death.
Colorblocked boyfriend sweater
And what makes this even better is that I still have lots of yarn leftover so you may see the Great Divide Shawl whipped up in this same color palette in the future.

My knitting mojo is back, I’m down to the sleeves on another sweater that will be a gift and I can’t wait to share that next week! What’s on your needles this weekend? And HAPPY FRIDAY!!