Here is the long awaited Farmer’s Market Cardigan
Pattern: Farmer’s Market Cardigan by Connie Chang Chinchio from the Interweave Knits Fall 2009
Yarn: Valley Yarn Colrain in Navajo Red almost 11 balls
Needle: Size 8 circular
Pattern modification: none, I blindly followed the instruction
– The pattern suggested 2″ positive ease. However, knowing that I was working with merino/tencel mix which tend to grow with wash, I decided to knit my bust size 32″
– I measured my favorite sweater and compared it to the schematic given in the pattern to make sure they line up, and they do so I don’t have to do any adjustments. Particularly, I measure the bust, length of the overall sweater, depth of armhole, and hips.
– This is a well-designed cardigan because though it’s not knitted in round, I have a feeling that Connie was trying to minimize the amount of seaming. The back and front are knitted in one piece and darts are used to shape the waist. sleeves are knitted separately and attach by seaming. I should have tried to knit the sleeves in round to avoid seaming. The collars are tricky, it took me a day or so before I figured it out. Connie used short-rows to curve the collar from pocket to the neck section
– As I predicted, though it did not grow sideway, the sweater lengthened after being washed and blocked. Colrain is nice yarn to knit with and fairly cheap at $3.99/ball. I purchased it at Stitches West last year. It feels very buttery too.
I was hoping to take picture during daytime with natural light but been working late. The sweater color came out to be either red or orange-y but it is really reddish kind of orange, whatever…