Thursday, March 1, 2018

Springing for Joy

Whilst "the beast from the east" is wreaking wintry havoc in the UK, on this side of the Atlantic we are enjoying amazingly sunny and warm weather. March is definitely coming in like a lamb. The upside of having grim winters in this bit of the globe is the joy (is it too much to say exhilaration?) of finally being able to go out the door without winter boots. So, in tune with Mother Nature I have updated the Perth Cardi, which in my mind is the perfect sweater for transitional seasons--just enough warmth when you need it, but not too much.

Here's what the pattern description has to say:
Whenever I visit Rhinebeck, NY for the annual Sheep and Wool Festival, I look forward to shopping in the village. On my 2013 trip, I purchased a mohair-blend crossover cardigan with ties at the front, even though I didn’t really love the way the ties hung down when it was worn open. So, “Perth” was my solution—a lightweight, airy, drapey little cardigan to wear dressed up or down that looks great open or closed. This is an updated version of the original pattern, now designed for a merino fingering-weight yarn. Sleeves can be full or three-quarter length. Takes 4 (5, 5, 6, 7) balls, but you may want to purchase extra yardage if you are taller than average.

The original cardi was knitted in a no-longer-available ultrafine alpaca. I made two, one in grey and another in this burgundy.

The grey version was gifted to a friend, while I kept the burgundy one and wore it to death. At the end it became a sort of bed jacket (if you're my age you can remember when those were a thing) I would wear while reading in bed. Eventually it became unsalvageable. I really need a new one, and here is my new wool recommendation.

I've knitted with this wool at a DK gauge before. See the lovely result here. It's soft, with remarkable stitch definition, and it's not superwash, so I know the result will be predictable. The updated pattern is on sale for the month of March. The Ravelry link is here. See you soon with photos of my new cardigan as it progresses.

P.S. (next day) It looks as though the Babyull is indeed superwash wool. However, it doesn't behave at all like most superwash. It wet blocks beautifully and holds its shape as it should. And comes in a huge array of adult colours. Loved it before, and still do.
It snowed last night. Mother Nature is fickle, especially in March. 


  1. $2? Seriously, Liz, you're giving the store away. This looks versatile and pretty and I'm looking forward to knitting your lovely pattern. Thanks!

    1. I don't design for income, just fun. The only reason most of my designs aren't free is that I've discovered that's the path to copyright infringement, unfortunately. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this.