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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Start of Featherweight

This is the Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

There are several reasons why I would normally bypass this pattern.
  • In general, the style is too young for me.
  • It's too short.
  • It's too plain.
  • I don't like rolled edges down the front.
  • I have to wonder why the model needs to hold down the corners instead of showing them.

Then I saw what Ann did with the pattern. Ann's First Featherweight and Ann's Second Featherweight. Beautiful.

Her projects inspired me to see the pattern as a blank canvas instead of a bland cardigan.

Still, I didn't seriously consider buying the pattern until Susan at Slackford Studio put her Hedonist Sock (80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 4 Ply Fingering Weight) on sale.

I told myself I would go look at the available colors and if there was one I loved with four skeins available I would get them for Featherweight. And there they were - four skeins of Cote d'Azue, a gorgeous slightly variegated blue.

The pattern is written for lace weight, but I was able to get stitch gauge and row gauge with the Hedonist. Row gauge is just as important as stitch gauge when knitting a raglan.

The wide band going up one side, across the back of the neck, and down the other side is about 3.5 inches wide. It will be patterned in some yet to be determined stitch.

I swatched one stitch pattern that flunked the "pretty in this yarn" test, and am looking forward to swatching a few more and picking my favorite.

Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig

Yarn: Hedonist Sock from Slackford Studio, 80% Superwash Merino, 10% Cashmere, 10% Nylon, 4 Ply Fingering Weight

Color: Cote d'Azur

Needles: US #4, 3.5mm

Gauge: 6 stitches/inch, 9 rows/inch in stockinette.

The Gold Finches are making great progress molting from olive to their summertime gold.

We've had a beautiful, springlike week to enjoy before winter returns on Sunday. But winter doesn't have much strength left. The nasty cold weather can't last long now.


Lisa said...

I just finished my featherweight & love it. It is knit with the same base yarn as yours. I lengthened it, & used a rib border. I plan on knitting another! Good luck with yours!

Dorothy said...

I couldn't agree with you more about the Featherweight. I wouldn't have given it a second thought until I saw Ann's versions. I have downloaded the pattern, but need to get a few more things finished before starting a new project. Haven't seen any goldfinches here yet, but my feeder is low, so they may be boycotting.

Susan said...

Wow, the original cardigan didn't do anything for me but I love the feather and fan version! I'm not usually crazy about feather and fan as it reminds me of '70s afghans but it just works as a border on the cardi.

Janice in GA said...

Wow, your links to the Featherweight are wonderful! I'd've never thought of that, but it's a great idea.

Anonymous said...

Ann's version of the Featherweight looks very different from the original pattern. I like her version best. The lighter weight sweater will be nice for warmer Spring wear.

Susinok said...

That's going to be gorgeous!

Alwen said...

Your namesake violets are just starting to bloom this week.

It's fascinating how different Ann's versions look compared to the original. I can't wear that color or any of the yellow-y tans at all!

Kathy... said...

Watching this one is going to be so much fun! Totally agree with you ... I think it will be a wonderfully wearable sweater though - the lighter weight will be terrific. Hmmmm...may have to add this one to my personal list! Thanks!

No Goldfinches here yet, and since we have a fresh covering of snow, the Robins are probably questioning their wisdom this morning!!! I know Sofee is a little upset! vbg. Sigh....

Kathy said...

I agree that winter hasn't much strength yet. As it snows a new 3 inches outside, but hey, it was 65 yesterday!

Ann said...

Great choice of yarn & I love the color. I love the pattern as it's so versatile - any style, any length. I am planning to knit another one in sock yarn. I can't wait to see what you will be doing with yours.