Comfort and Joy
I've been eyeballing the Creature Comforts Cardigan for quite some time. The oak leaf panel up the center back is pretty irresistible. I suppose the only reason I haven't knit it before now is, it falls into that grey area for me in the department of wearability. I see other people wearing this style on a very regular basis, and I'm pretty sure I look no more ridiculous than the next person walking around in a giant blanket-like garment, but I feel very self-conscious in this style clothing.
Also, I hesitate to call this project a sweater, because, it's not. It's a shrug; there's absolutely nothing in the construction of this garment that warrants it be considered a legitimate cardigan. That's probably knit-picking...I digress.
After a day-long test-run, I'm warming up to it and feeling a bit more comfortable with my appearance. Nobody seemed to stare at me like I had two heads, not that I saw; that's a start. And really, those oak leaves.... LOVE. Besides, It's another neutral toned addition to my winter wardrobe. I will likely consult my much more fashion-forward little sister for pointers on pulling this off, but I'm not ripping it back to oblivion.
Pattern: Creature Comforts Cardigan by Madelinetosh
Yarn: 5.5 balls Classic Elite Moorland
Needles: US size 7 and US size 8 Addi Click interchangeable
Notes: The pattern instructs the knitter to continue in pattern for "28 inches before binding off and joining. THIS IS WAY TOO SHORT! I am barely 5'2 and my "28 inches left me with a waist length shrug that pulled at the sides. I blocked to "33 to obtain the results photographed. Additionally, I intend to rip and re-knit my cuffs using US 5 needles in order to achieve a better fit.
12/22/2011 11:16:57 pm
That is gorgeous and it looks incredible on you! Great photos too!
2/13/2012 10:49:26 pm
You are an amazing knitter and I just discovered your site. Please keep those amazing pictures coming. Your creatures comforts cardi does not look like a blanket -- I totally relate to that comment -- it's wearable art. Why do we all knit anyway? Beside -- the Navajo's wore blankets, the Nepalese wear blankets ------ what's wrong with wearing blankets? It's cold as hell in Virginia right now, and I'm going out in an alpaca throw I knitted 3 years ago. No one will know!
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