Sunday, June 7, 2009

February Lady Cardigan

As I've said before, I've been busily working away at my Christmas knitting, and I just recently finished up another gift. I had several skeins of beautiful handspun 100% wool yarn by Suzy Beggins (a local fiber artist) in my stash, and I knew that it would pair perfectly with the February Lady pattern by Pamela Wynne (free pattern, by the way!)

I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this pattern was to knit, and how quickly it knit up as well. It's the first top-down sweater that I've knit that actually worked as it should. (I had a bad experience before). The great thing about working on a sweater from the top to the bottom, is that you can try it on as you go and stop when the length seems right.
This pattern is also knit in the round, so there's no seaming to do at the end. Just sew on the buttons! Speaking of buttons, aren't these cute? They're Debbie Mumm buttons that I found at JoAnn's. Just in case the recipient thinks they're too flashy, I also bought a pair of beautiful plain wooden buttons that I can use to replace these if necessary. (So if you think you might be on my gift list, give me your input in case this is for you. Then I can return/replace the buttons as need be.)

I enjoyed knitting this pattern so much that I've already begun another February Lady sweater for someone else!

(For more information, check out my Ravelry page)


All Natural Mama said...

I do love those buttons. It turned out great!

Mary said...

Rachel, that is so cute, but I think I will like the wooden buttons better. I'm just pretty conservative. I can't wait for Christmas.

Ellen said...

Girl, I never cease to be amazed by your awesome handiwork! This sweater is AMAZING! It's SO pretty! I think the buttons are great... Those on your Christmas list are very fortunate.

Kudos to you, too, for getting so much done already for Christmas!! :) Yea, you!

Sereknitty said...

How thoughtful of you to make that sweater for me -- you're too kind! :) I love the buttons that you've chosen ... so whimsical and delicate.