Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Men's Knit Cabled Cardigan

I haven't finished many projects lately, but the one big one I've been working on is this cardigan for Alex.

Alex refused to wear cardigans, mostly because he's a school psychologist and that's a cliche uniform for his profession. But I annoyed him for long enough that he finally relented. Heh heh. I present Alex's first cardigan!


Pattern: #17 Man's Cable Cardigan by Josh Bennett, featured in Vogue Knitting Winter 2009/10
Yarn: Berroco Vintage in 5189 Charcoal


I did have a lot of issues with the sleeves and collar. The sleeve length as noted in the schematic was way too long, so I had to change my rate of increase to get the sleeve to fit the armhole. 

I knitted the collar as written the first time, and it looked like a big skirt around the neck. Only then did I look at the Ravelry notes of other knitters and see that there was an issue. The pattern isn't incorrect, technically, but what's written doesn't look like what's pictured.

This cardi is super cozy, though, and I know because I wore it outside for a bit the other night. I think the selling point for Alex is that you can wear tee shirts under the cardigan, so it's good for casual non-work clothes, too.


I love the wooden buttons. I sat in our backyard swing to finish it up last night. When I was sewing them on, our dog spotted a black mama bear and two cubs in the next yard over, so this cardigan will always be a reminder of that! We slowly crept back to the house, but Alex was brave enough to try and get a picture of the cub high up in the tree.





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