You read that right… 6 days! That is a definite record for me. I’d have to say that the Effortless Cardigan is appropriately named as it took little to no effort to knit it up. And I enjoyed knitting every minute of it!
I love wearing it! It looks amazing in all three different ways that I wore it – open, pinned in the center and pinned to the side. I like that it’s so versatile so it’s easy to wear.
It fits beautifully too. I did the 42″ size and instead of 4.75spi I knit it at 4.5spi to give it a little more ease. I like how roomy it is, but I definitely could have done this one at 4.75spi and been fine, so it wasn’t really necessary to go up a needle size.
I love the color as well! This was knit up with MadTosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket. I alternated the skeins throughout the body but not on the arms or the collar/bands. It was important to alternate so as not to get pooling, as you can see that it did pool a bit on the arms where I didn’t alternate.
The sweater was a bit large on the shoulders for me (I have small shoulders, I think, as I’ve had this problem with other knit sweaters before) so I gave it a quick tumble in the dryer and now it’s good.
I absolutely love wearing this sweater, and would totally recommend it to everyone!
Pattern – Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US9 (5.5mm)
Cast on – December 26, 2010
Cast off – January 1, 2011
Modifications – I knit the sleeves to 14” to make them a little longer and only did two sets of increases after the waist decreases instead of three as I didn’t think I needed any more. Glad I did this – in fact I think I could have omitted the increases altogether, but it looks fine with just the two I did do. I made the cardigan at 4.5spi instead of 4.75spi to give it an extra inch of space. I probably could have done without this and just done the 4.5spi but I do like the roominess in it.
And I especially love these pictures because I can finally see my weight loss paying off! I’ve lost 14lbs since October and although my clothes fit better, I wasn’t seeing the results in the mirror. These pictures do show it to me, though, so I’m happy about that.