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!


Transitional Pieces

I am constantly adding things to my list of what I want to knit for myself and things I want to knit for others. Currently I’m on a one for someone else, one for me plan. This lovely camel colored yarn is going to become the Louise Top Down from the Madder Anthology 2 collection. In this pattern she does a different colored sleeve and button band but I’m going to use a rainbow yarn I’ve had in my stash saving for just the right project. I figure a rainbow and the color camel are two neutrals, right? I’ll probably end up wearing this with everything.

After I work on that I’ve got another baby blanket to whip up for a little girl born last week who we’re going to visit at the end of the month, a few baby clothes for the blanket I finished last week for Rachel (Rachel, you should get it in the mail today!) and then in March I’m going to Chicago to visit my cousin and hang with friends so of course I want to bring them something fun. I’m considering knitting Safia a purple, turquoise and black version of this sweater too. But what I’ve really been thinking about is what I want to knit as transitional pieces for spring.

Aeon Vest
Image via Ravelry

I’ve had vests on the brain and the Aeon Vest has floated to the top of my list. I love this bright blue my entire wardrobe is pretty bright and colorful. So I’m thinking of making it in a neutral (grey, navy or a deep burgundy) or a neutral with a bright pop of color on the lower half. I want something to layer over my floaty a line dresses or over jeans and a long sleeve tee. Plus, this has a set-in pocket and I haven’t done that yet so I want to try something new. Plus, I think my Mom would probably love one of these as well and I’ve wanted to make her something new. What kinds of pieces are you thinking of knitting for spring?