There's a chill in the air these days, despite some crazy warm weather we had last week (crazy as in +30 C!!), it has felt like fall for a while now here on the prairies. What's a girl to do when the weather turns cool? Why knit herself a new cardigan of course!!
I decided to knit Andi Satterlund's Marion. I've had the pattern in my library since last fall when I won it in her KAL for her Hetty cardigan, so when she announced in late in the summer that she would be hosting a KAL for Marion, I immediately jumped on board. Not only would it be a great KAL, I could also "double dip" and use Marion for the Summer Sweater KAL with Very Shannon.
I've knit quite a few of Andi's patterns now. My first was my Miette that I knit last summer, then of course Hetty, then I knit Salt for a Christmas gift, then this spring I knit Myrna as part of the Outfit Along and now Marion.
I really enjoy Andi's patterns. They are well written and easy to follow. Each of cardigans that I've made, except for Miette, utilize short row shaping for the top down sleeve caps, which I really, really like. You knit the upper back, then pick up the shoulder stitches and knit each of the fronts then join them together to finish off the body. Then the sleeve cap stitches are picked up and knit back and forth using short rows until the shaping is finished and then it's straight on down in the round from there. I can't even describe how much I like knitting sleeves this way. If all sleeves could be done like this, I'd be a happy lady. It really makes them feel like they fly off the needles. I even got brave with this one, and once I had the first sleeve cap done I put in on hold and did the second sleeve cap, then put both on my circular and did them two at a time! Talk about speedy sleeves.
Now that I've got a great new cardi, I think I'm going to have to make some fall dresses and skirts to go with it. I've got a Miette Skirt from Tilly and the Buttons a waistband facing and hem away from being finished and I think that will be a definite to pair well with my Marion, but I'll have to peruse my patterns and see what else I have in my stash too.
But first things first. I need to finish a test knit I'm working on, then finish up my birthday swap gift for my Ravelry group so it can be popped in the mail to my little swap partner by Friday at the latest, Baby Boy's birthday party is this weekend, then I really do need to get a start on my Christmas crafting. Phew! I'm going to be busy in the next little while I think!