Lillian Cardigan

Lillian Cardigan

I stumbled across this pattern on Instagram I believe. I had been looking for a loose cardigan with pockets for a while. And since I’m all about using up my current yarn stash, if I colour blocked it, I was going to have enough of an alpaca yarn that I had on hand!

Pattern: Lillian Cardigan by Two of Wands
Yarn: A Touch of Alpaca by Lion Brand Yarns in Black, Navy and Olive

I had randomly picked up 6 skeins of this yarn when it was on sale knowing that someday I would come up with the most perfect project for it. I think the navy may have almost started its life as a short sleeve top, but I frogged that when I wasn’t happy how it was turning out. I’m so glad I did.

It is rare that I find a pattern that utilizes any of the yarn in my yarn stash, so I am glad I came across this one. I used the free version of the pattern, but it is so worth it to invest in the pattern if you are thinking of making this sweater. It is well written and definitely challenged my skill set a little. I even learned how to perfect the mattress and kitchener stitches!

I think what I liked most about knitting this one was that it was knit in pieces, so I felt a large sense of accomplishment each time I finished a piece of it. I did cast this on at the end of this year but it got set aside until I had time to work on it more.

Also, I don’t gauge swatch (:o) – I know! I just can’t justify investing that time when I have so many other things to do. I prefer to live life on the edge and just live with how things come out. So this sweater turned out a little larger than I would have liked, but it is sooooo cozy. It is a magnet for pet hair though, but it has turned into a perfect work from home sweater.

female wearing handknit black, navy and olive cardigan
female wearing handknit black, navy and olive cardigan in a different post

My photography skills this day leave a little something to be desired. But I am super happy with this new piece added to my wardrobe. It is equally perfect for weekends with leggings or yoga pants or to dress down something a little more fancy. AND it is perfect spring attire!!

-e

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