….waving at the people.
Saddle-Shoulder Aran Cardigan
- Source: Spun Out #49, $3, Schoolhouse Press. Originally published 2000 as Wool Gathering #63
- Size: 50″ Chest (about 6″ positive ease)
- Yarn: Cascade Eco Wool (Used 3 skeins, 1434 yds total)
- Color: Brown #8087
- Needles: Size 8 for all the garter edges and buttonband/collar; Size 9 for the rest
- Gauge: 4.5 sts and 6 rows per inch on size 8 needles in stockinette
- Cost: 3 skeins of Eco Wool at $12 each = $36
6 buttons (from Vardhman, Inc. on 39th Street and 8th Avenue in NYC) at $2.15 each = $12.90 TOTAL COST: $48.90
- Started: October 11, 2008
- Finished: November 9, 2008
- Mods: Well, this pattern is one big mod. You can read my three previous posts, if you haven’t done so already. The instructions are more like a recipe, as are most of Elizabeth Zimmerman’s patterns. The eco wool makes this sweater more like a jacket and I’ve been wearing it as such for the past week. The times that it was a bit windier, I threw a denim jacket over it. I made it with 6″ of positive ease (it stretches a lot!) so that I could possibly wear a sweater under it if I don’t want to wear a coat on any given day. In my excitement of finishing it last Sunday, I wore it to work on Monday with safety-pin stitch markers where the buttons needed to be sewn in. I went at lunch and bought the buttons and sewed them at work! HA! I’m going to give the sweater a REALLY good blocking but I hope it doesn’t grow too much!! Because, no, I haven’t blocked it. I’ve been wearing it EVERY DAY! The steeking, of course, made me super nervous. But it’s like anything else in knitting that you have to learn: afraid to jump in but then you do and you feel accomplished! Although, I do admit that each time I wear it, I look at the inside to make sure it’s not falling apart somewhere! HA! It’s not, though. I actually think the cut edges are felting themselves to the inside!!! All in all, a tremendously satisfying knit.