I’m so thrilled with my new cardigan and I look forward to wearing later this year in Phoenix and when we take our road trip to Flagstaff to enjoy the cold winter weather. I have to truly thank Kelly over at the Celtic Cast On for hosting the knit along for Aidez. For me, it was the perfect motivation to knit this beautiful design by Cirilia Rose.
Since our cast on date for the Aidez KAL was September 24th with a finish date of November 24th, I felt this was a project I truly could buckle down and tackle.
The Facts: Overall, this design is fairly quick to knit as it’s done up in bulky weight yarn and a size US 10 1/2 needle. The pattern is very well written, easy to follow and easy to understand. I can say that the way Cirilia wrote this pattern, an experienced knitter can easily change out the cable stitch pattern to meet their desires. You can see all my notes online on my Ravelry project page.
Modifications: I only made two modifications to this pattern. I did not do any of the shaping decreases for the back or front panels. I also changed the cable stitch for the back to a left cable/right cable stitch pattern on either side of the woven lattice design – I just liked the look better.
The Yarn: The pattern calls for 824 – 1339 yards (753 – 1224 m) of Berroco Peruvia Quick, a super bulky weight yarn. I did do a gauge swatch (do not faint, I actually do this now and then) and found that I could use my stash of ten skeins of Plymouth Yarn Baby Alpaca Grande, which is 1,100 yards. All said and done, I only have .50 oz left of my yarn, so it was pretty much used to the max.
The Needles: I used straight needles in the size called for the pattern, US 10½ (6.5 mm)
Now on my needles is the Acer by Kirsten Kapur for my Mom’s birthday present. I’ve separated the sleeves and I’m now working on the body. It looks rather small, but I think it will be fine once it’s finished and blocked.
I also casted on a shawl called Rivendell, which is part of the Hobbit Journey KAL by Erica Jackofsky of Fiddle Knits. I’ve decided to knit this shawl using my stash of Springtree Road Muscandine in Tanis and I love how it is looking. I’m working on clue 1 and have finished one full pattern repeat and have eight more to go! I also hope to have time to do Erica’s Dwarven Mystery KAL, which is for an infinity scarf.
So many projects and so little time but hey, what else can a knitter do, right?
Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!