I stumbled across the pattern for the Lillian Cardigan by Two of Wands 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!
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. This well written pattern provides the opportunity to work on or learn a variety of knitting skills. I even learned how to perfect the mattress and kitchener stitches!
I really liked knitting this in pieces as I felt a large sense of accomplishment with each finished piece. This was cast on around the holidays in 2020 but sat in my WIP pile until I had more time.
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.
Clearly this image demonstrates that I am still working on my photography skills. But I am incredibly 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!!