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FO: Garter Yoke Cardigan

The days are starting to get shorter, and Daylight Savings ends this weekend. Mornings are chilly and I need a cardigan or jersey on each morning and some evenings too, as well as the heater on in the mornings. So the timing couldn’t be better to *finally* finish my fourth sweater for the year. Well, a cardigan anyway.

Pattern: Garter Yoke Cardigan from Knit1

Yarn: Malabrigo Worsted Merino in Purple Mystery colourway.

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Despite the fact it’s been two months since I finished my last sweater, this one only took two weeks to knit. I must have an extremely high boredom threshold too – garter yoke, and then inches and inches of stocking stitch for the body, and then inches and inches and inches of stocking stitch in the round for the sleeves too.  But I did enjoy knitting this (maybe because I interspersed it with Slinky Ribs’ sleeve). And it is sooo cosy and comfortable to wear. DS11 seems to think me wearing it is an invitation for cuddles, and who am I to complain!

I had to knit the largest size in the pattern – that would be my one complaint about the pattern – the range of sizes was not large, as I am sure there are plenty of people out there with larger busts than me.

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In terms of yarn use, I had to use about 10% of my sixth ball of Malabrigo to finish the second sleeve. I did, however, do an extra couple of inches on the body as I like a slightly longer top. And now I get to decide what else I could use the rest of the ball for. That is the end of my Malabrigo stash, and with the dollar still looking poorly against the US Dollar, I can’t imagine I will shout myself more any time soon.

Having completed the cardigan and blocked it yesterday, I went out button shopping this morning and was underwhelmed by the selection. However, buy I must and these will ‘do’ until I find something better, or will suffice long-term if need be.

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Mmmmmm, Malabrigo!!!!

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NaKniSweMoDo Progress…

After a marathon effort in January with three finished items, it’s been a dry couple of months for finished sweaters around here. I thought that I should show you the progress that I’ve been making  – the actual progress, rather than the items I’ve knit in my head!

Slinky Ribs

It’s still coming along, honest!  Once I scored some extra yarn, I made the decision to make the sleeves full length. And then after looking at Ravelry’s finished projects, I decided that 2×2 rib was the way to go. Soooo, slooooow progress on the 2×2 rib in the round! I am trying to pick it up each day and get an inch done at the least, and thus sleeve number one is slowly emerging.

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I think it’s just over half way there. So, sometime in the next two weeks, I should get this done.

Garter Yoke Cardigan

After having a good look at the Knit1 magazine, I fell for the Garter Yoke Cardigan.  And I have had some Purple Mystery Malabrigo in my stash just asking to be knit up. Seemed like the perfect match.

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I cast on for it two nights ago.  I am enjoying a mindless knit, and it makes a nice change from the 2×2 rib of the Slinky Rib.  And oh so cuddly!  You can’t buy Malabrigo here in New Zealand easily (or cheaply) so this is a special treat for me. My FIL was my yarn mule last year on his last trip to the States, just before the dollar dropped.  I think he’s planning another trip in May, but I don’t know if I will get anything this trip.  I certainly would not be able to justify it if I hadn’t knit up this before he went anyway! So, I am being a little self-serving in chosing this project now.

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Hopefully I will have one  more finished NaKniSweMoDo project by the end of this month. Maybe two. Just in time for the cooler weather.


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