Friday, July 30, 2010

slouchy cardigan

This is the one knit that I feel would be a great first sweater for someone. Very little rib. (One row, I did two.) A few simple decreases. Stockinette. And voila. You have yourself a sweater that can be worn over and over. Over jeans. Over a dress. Over slacks. Over a skirt. And most importantly, over your jammies.
I'm as happy with this one as I am with my first one. I made one change. The pattern says that the hood is optional. Good. I opted out. I decided I was pretty much ready to be finished with it, and would love to have some extra charmed to make a pair of toast mitts.
Pattern: Slouchy Cardigan, Greetings from Knit Cafe (I see it is currently out of stock at Amazon. Hurry, call your library!)
Yarn: Classic Elite Charmed (Discontinued. Sorry.)
Size: small/med
Needles: US 8
Mods: No hood. Two rows of rib.
***Remember to check out the pattern corrections if you have a copy of the original hardcover book. Also, the sleeve cap is too short. I have not seen any corrections written anywhere for this, so, I'll let you know what I did:
Shape Cap: (RS) BO 3 sts at beginning of next 2 rows, 2 sts at beginning of next 4 rows, then at each side decrease 1 st every other RIGHT SIDE row. (so, every 4th row) 10 times. 21(28) sts remain. Bind of remaining stitches.
This is hands down my favorite sweater, EVER. Wear, wear, wear, I tell you. I honestly do not own another hand knit that has gotten more wear than my first one. I have no doubt this will be the same.

Have a beautiful weekend!

84 comments:

hook and needle said...

ACK! That's it! You found my next sweater project for me! Thank you!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

I bought this book when I saw your first slouchy but all the notes on ravelry about the sleeve cap being written wrong deterred me. Now that I have a few years of knitting experience (and your notes) I think I can finally tackle this one.

Yours looks gorgeous!

Gnat said...

Wow...looks fantastic!!! adding to my favs.

elephantJuice said...

I love slouchy cardigans! This one looks fab, love the colour :)

kim said...

This looks so great on you. It must be the softest sweater EVer!

ColorSlut said...

I'm so impressed when someone makes something more than ones! WOW. And what a great sweater.

caknitter said...

I really like your sweater. Mine is still stuffed in a bag. Thank you for sharing the corrections. This might be the reason I put it away in the first place. I was frustrated with the wrong number of stitches. argh!

seashoreknits said...

i've had this faved in ravelry since 2007 (after seeing your first one) and i cannot think why i haven't knit it yet. your new green one has now got me motivated. favorite sweater ever? that's all i need to hear! it's fabulous, leslie.

Hilary said...

Seriously FAB. What a great sweater!

Bonnie said...

Thanks for posting such a thorough review. I am just getting ready to start this sweater and I SO appreciate knowing about the changes and corrections that you made. I have the errata from amazon but so nice not to have to slog alone through the sleeve cap. No if I could just look as good wearing it as you do.

Alicia A. said...

think I could do it?!

(I still haven't finished the one HUGE scarf I started a year and a half ago- my first knitting project ever.)

:)

MadMad said...

Hm. THIRTY years of knitting, and until you just wrote, in your cap shaping description: "Every other right side row... (so every four rows)" I never realized I've been doing it wrong THE WHOLE TIME! I just always saw it as "every other row, on the right side..." What an ijit I am, I tell ya'.

mle said...

Another gorgeous knit! I love that color too. Looks like you are ready for fall now!

Sandee said...

I bought the book and some yarn, when you posted about it a month or whenever that was. I am four inches into it! My avery FIRST sweater! Thank you for sharing it and about the sleeves....I would have been bummed.

Wendi said...

Oh, I love it!
The color, the shape, and I like it even better without the hood!
Sometime, could you report to us about the month of green smoothies? Did you feel better, or have more energy or anything? I was thinking of trying it, but I want to KNOW that I'll feel better before I go to that much trouble!

Frances said...

This cardigan does look lovely, and you are a friend indeed to knit with. How good you are to pass along the slight adjustments, corrections, comments on the original pattern.

That is what knitting friends are for.

Best wishes.

Jane said...

Love...as always! I have that book too! I need to make this one! Happy rest of the summer Leslie!

Priscilla said...

Yet another beautiful sweater. Great work! This will definitely be in my autumn "things to knit". Thanks for sharing your modifications.

peaknits said...

What a fabulous sweater - again! And I have the book - yay - high five! Thank you for all of your work on errata - I'll have to try this one!

Sewn With Grace said...

I have purchased the yarn and already had the pattern to make this sweater. I so appreciate your pattern corrections as I don't want to be disappointed. Thank you!

emily said...

ooh. maybe that'll be my fall project. looks so comfy!

Rainey Day Knitter said...

what a beautiful sweater. I love the color!

The Everlasting Greed said...

It's beautiful! -must get the book now-

Knitting Girl said...

Wow. It looks so nice!

Maryse said...

Good to know! There are so many patterns to choose from... Yours is gorgeous and seems so cozy...

Colleen said...

I love your cardigan! I also appreciate you letting us know about how you did the sleeve cap. Thanks!!

JoAnn said...

What a versitile cardigan. It looks beautiful on you!

Anonymous said...

OOO, I was right! This is even more perfect than the first one! Fabulous color! Think I am going to scrap some of my other faved projects and do this one instead, as I can tell this would truly be a wear all the time thing!~Jan

Lolly said...

I can see this being the go-to sweater forevermore! it's a perfect fit for you. Beautiful beautiful. Thanks for reminding me how much I like that pattern too :)

Karen said...

Thanks for sharing; I loved your first one and this is gorgeous!

NessaKnits said...

Looks lovely. Beautiful colour.

Karen said...

I was so inspired by your first slouchy and I've finally started on one for me...Im half way through the back and am sooo happy I'm slow b/c now I have your updated sleeve cap notes which will save me many hours of frustration, not to mention all those expletives ;) Thank you!

It's The Little Tings said...

Wow, I love this sweater. It does look like something that wants and needs to be worn everyday, which is perfect.

house on hill road said...

i love it on you, leslie! and of course, the color is about perfect. i might have to add this to my list of things to make. first to finish the 2 i have on needles.

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Very cute and very versatile. If I ever finish my first sweater *Francis Revisited (Ravelry)* I'll be able to consider a second and third. Francis is resting quietly in a project bag... Something to look forward to. The slouchy cardigan looks great on you.

stitching under oaks said...

this is such a great sweater...so comfy looking too. Wonderful job Leslie. Kristyn and I drooled when we saw your post come across my dashboard....you are so amazing.

Meggie said...

Over jammies?!!!! You are too much!! It looks great no matter what.

Jody Pirrello said...

This looks great! For such a simple pattern it looks so different from the first (moreso the yarn than the hood). It looks like a great pattern to showcase a yummy yarn.

Seanna Lea said...

It looks wonderfully comfy.

daisymay aka Chantele said...

Nice cardi! great colour Daisy Dayz Home

the treat girl said...

Can you believe I searched high and low for a cardigan pattern just for me...because of course I NEVER knit for me....and I just started one over the weekend...well, this one will be next...thanks for sharing!

anne m. said...

I love this one as much as your first. It's gorgeous!

Jen said...

I'm in knitting heaven! I'm a first time knitter, thanks to Freckle Head stating that it was a nice stress reliever and since I adored her scarf I decided to make my own. I'm currently having an aboslute blast and now I'm in awe of the sweaters your create!

Mabye one day I'll be a knitting star!

Kristyn Knits said...

can't say LOVE loud enough! a sweater for every purpose, that's what I desire. enjoy wearing it while we all adore it!

Deanna said...

I loved this sweater the minute I saw it on your blog, and tried to get the book on Amazon, but it was out.
However, I am happy to say you can get the book in paperback at Amazon. It is in my cart awaiting purchase.
Thank you. We all need a Friend to Knit With and I am glad I found you.
Deanna

soknitpicky said...

I can think of no better recommendation for a pattern than when a great knitter makes it more than once. Yours turned out beautifully, and it looks soooo comfortable

Nantucket Dreams said...

thanks leslie! i have not made a sweater that i can reasonably wear yet...and i think that has hurt my knitting momentum...i might give this one a try, and i already have the book!

Wooly Knits n Bits said...

That's it, I've decided to knit the slouchy! I have just received the perfect alpaca yarn for it too. Seeing yours really makes me want one for myself.

knittyalfUK said...

This is lovely! Wish I'd read your post more carefully though - it clearly gives the sizes in the pattern, but (though I hate to admit it!) both are too small for me. Euch. I'm so upset, because your slouchy looks totally gorgeous. Anyone know where I can find out how to upsize the pattern relatively easily?!!

Nancy said...

I would love to make this sweater! Can you suggest another yarn

VeganCraftastic said...

Super cute!

Kathy said...

every time I see this pattern, I think, "Ugh, shapeless!" But I see yours and it's beautiful! How is that possible?

shannon said...

Yes!

Just put the book on hold at the library. It's exactly perfectly the next project in line.

And that green is delicious!

Heather said...

This is the type of sweater that I could really get into making. Just gorgeous!!

Anonymous said...

I hope I get as much use out of mine as you do! Its taken me AGES and repeated re-knits before I finally found the errata (lots of 'em!). I have a sneaky suspicion that by the time I finish it, I'll not want to look at it again!

Jennifer in Kansas said...

"Remember to check out the pattern corrections"
Um, is it just me, or are there a LOT of corrections for the first printing???

BTW - I really like this second version of yours - the color is lovely. Thanks for the tips on the sleeve cap.
Jennifer in KS

amandajean said...

leslie, you make me want to become a knitter. i've been anxious to try knitting a sweater...this one just may be it! thanks for the tips.

lisette said...

That's a beautiful one!!! Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Love this sweater! Made one for my mother last christmas without any CORRECTIONS! UGG! and had to stretch the sleeves to fit. Found corrections later and am now knitting one for myself (to wear with my pjs) 2 of my friends are knitting as well. After finishing all my pieces and looking at the sleeves that once again will not fit I decided to log on ravelry in the off chance someone had a solution - and I found you - THANK YOU SO MUCH for the correction - my 1st sleeve is sitting in my lap as I type ripped back to "Shape Cap" so here I go again. I know it will be well worth the effort. I'm doing it in Sublime Angora Merino - I Love It! I'm sure I will be making another - possibly without the hood. Thanks again!

jayayceeblog said...

This sweater is sooooo cute. I just ordered a used-like new copy of the Knit Cafe book thru Amazon for $8.49 including shipping. Thanks for the project (and book) idea!

Carol said...

I am working on the Slouchy Cardigan, and have the back and left (or right side depending) already finished and blocked. Now, my question....this is my first sweater, and when it says to reverse the shaping for the right side of the front---well, does that mean to BO on the WS/on the way back? I mean, I can't BO at the END of the knit row, I'll end up with a loop still on the needle. Help!

a friend to knit with said...

hi carol!
i hope you come back here to see if i left a comment...:)
yes... bind off at the beg of the purl row. the ws row.

happy knitting!
leslie

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Deborah said...

Hi!
I saw this gorgeous sweater on Pinterest and checked Amazon.ca for it and it wasn't in stock. I rechecked the other day and it was in stock.
My pattern book is on its way!
I cant wait...its the cutest sweater ever!!!
Thanks so much!

All my heart,
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Anonymous said...

Just ordered the book for this pattern can you tell me approx. how much yarn I will need for size large.