Last week I went shopping looking for some winter clothes for work. I was really surprised to see that across the board, the shops are offering plain coloured or striped tops, merino or cotton, and knitwear over the top (or suit jackets which don’t work with my job). The thought of parting with cash to buy a mass produced piece of knitwear, made from inferior yarn – or worse, acrylic, made me think I had to be able to do better than that! I had a quick hunt through Ravelry’s pattern database, and my stash and came up with a neat free pattern called Rosa’s Sleeveless Cardi. It uses 12 ply yarn, huge needles, is knit seamlessly from the top down, and has really simple lines. In my stash was some soft merino possum yarn that needed a project, and a match was made.
This only took three days to knit up, and took around 300g (less than 570m) of yarn.
After the raglan increases, you knit straight for 30cm and then start increases that create an interesting side detail and funky hem. Despite the lack of increases, the loose gauge makes this a very flattering fit.
The pattern is for small/medium, which I am not. It gave another cast on size for a large, and I worked with this number, adding further increases to 20 rows, and then casting on a couple of stitches under the arms too. I knit an extra 5cm in length, and also a couple more increases to get the length I wanted. This did grow a little on washing, so perhaps that was unnecessary. I didn’t need to block this much – just a wash and then I lay it out in the sun – yay for easy-care garments!
I’m pleased that I knit this up, I hope that it gets lots of wear over the coming cold months. It should make a nice addition to my winter wardrobe – warm but light.