Knitting

FO Friday | Summer Navy.

One of my favorite parts about finishing a project for myself is having Katie take photos. Tuesday afternoon, she obliged me and my latest FO – Summer Navy.

I fell in love with this pattern – it’s Bleached, by Amy Miller – the day it came out. Believe it or not, I’ve never knit a short-sleeved cardigan for myself – and having one in a fingering weight blend of wool and cotton seemed pretty perfect for summer. plus pockets!

The cardigan body is knit seamlessly (in one piece) from the bottom up and the shoulders are joined with a three-needle bind-off. Then the sleeves are worked seamlessly from the armhole down, with short rows to shape the sleeve cap (I shared a little about that in this post last week).  Which all means I didn’t have to get any sewing needles out until I was ready to sew down the pockets, weave in the ends and sew on the buttons (and all that took almost as long as knitting the eight rows of 1×1 ribbing across 392 stitches last weekend!)

That sleeve technique is definitely fiddle-y, but it works! I still can’t believe how beautifully this sweater fits me.

I worked the entire pattern exactly as written except that I worked the sleeve decreases earlier and faster and worked the bind-off a little tighter (to accommodate my skinny arms).

All the details are on my Ravelry project page (here). Highly recommend the pattern for everyone – it’s easy, fits great and works up surprisingly quickly – even on those tiny (size 1 and size 3) needles.

Now I’m working on one more summer-y piece before heading full-speed into fall (and baby) knitting. I did a little work on my queue this week…and then the new Interweave Knits magazine dropped. I haven’t been this excited about an Interweave issue in years. Seriously fun inspiration for cooler weather knitting.

And for some fun weekend reading that won’t upset your queue, here’s a great blog post by Katrina Kenison about her visit to E.B. White’s farm (and a whole lot of other wonderful things).

Wishing y’all a whole lot of wonderful things, too, this weekend! …and one more big smile for a Happy Friday!

12 Comments

  • Bonny

    That is a really lovely sweater and it fits you beautifully, but I have to admit that I can't stop laughing at "works up surprisingly quickly". This would not be the case for me as I can't even knit a worsted baby blanket on sz 8s quickly! I think you'll wear this one often and look great!

  • Patty

    Beautiful sweater and entire outfit – that shirt is fab! And thanks for the Katrina Kenison link. She's local to me…I'll have to pay attention!

  • Vicki Knitorious

    Happy Friday!! That's a gorgeous sweater, Mary!! Now I'm anxious to see the new IK, and am certainly looking forward to your baby knitting! I should be working on one of my WIPs, but just had to cast on a little sweater for Gin… so tiny, colorful & quick!! Have a great weekend!

  • dbshade

    What can I say?? Such a beautiful garment and styled so lovely!! I think you're the Martha Stewart of knitting!! When I see your FO's I have the same kinds of feelings that I used to have when I'd watch Martha Stewart or read her magazine. Kind of a "wow, I wish I could do that" . . . or "my stuff never turns out like that" ;-). As I put the finishing touches on Simple Tee, I am going to try to focus on the details. You are my inspiration!!

  • Kym

    Really lovely, Mary! I don't usually like v-neck cardigans, but that one looks GREAT! (And I am giggling about "knits up quickly." Ha. Your time scale is just slightly different than mine! XO) I haven't looked at an issue of IK for years — but I'm definitely going to check this new one out. Have a great weekend!

  • margene

    This sweater looks fabulous on you! You've had a summer of wonderful knits to compliment your wardrobe. This one is quiet spectacular!

  • Debbie

    Beautiful sweater in a lovely color! I don't know if I would have the patience to knit a whole sweater on those tiny needles. I am working on a baby sweater for my great-niece on size 4s, but it is a small sweater!

  • Penny

    I keep going back to the eight rows of 1×1 ribbing and 392 stitches – wow! It's just perfect in every way! Happy weekend, Mary!