A week or so back, I got the Holiday issue of Vogue Knitting and was delighted to find something within its depths that I wanted to knit. This:
This is a Deborah Newton design: Rib and Lace Cardigan. The pattern calls for a wool-blend yarn — Nashua Handknits Grand Opera, to be exact. I decided to make mine in a cotton blend.
I was originally going to use Calmer, but changed my mind. Calmer is so soft I was afraid it would make for a very droopy cardi. So I dug into the stash, and came up with Rowan All Seasons Cotton, which is a much sturdier yarn than Calmer.
I’m using color # 224 which is called “Sea Spray.” As I recall, it is a color that was never released by Rowan. I got mine from an eBay seller in the UK for a ridiculously low price. ($2.99 per skein from seller “Cucumberpatch” — she still has some last time I checked.)
I did a teeny-tiny gauge swatch and was pleasantly surprised to get gauge with the suggested needle size — a U.S. 6.
The lower body of the cardigan is knit all in one piece, and then divided at the armholes and the fronts and backs knit separately, of course.
So I cast on yesterday and made a start. The pattern has you start the lace pattern on the very first row, but as it is based on stockinette, I had visions of the edge curling up and annoying me forever after. So I knit 2 rows plain before starting the lace.
I’m happy I did — the garter stitch ridge makes a nice edge, I think.
And Lucy is all about being a spokesmodel these days!