Wednesday, April 16, 2014

An actual wearable sweater.

Even though I've been knitting for quite a few years I've never actually managed to complete a sweater that ends up being wearable! This one still has its flaws (if anyone has an easy to understand faq on short rows / how to make them invisible I would love it if you passed it on to me. I watched and read many how-tos and kind of got it, but still made mistakes / lack confidence). 

The pattern is the Agatha cardigan from Andi Satterlund, and I imagine a lot of you have seen it before as its pretty popular in our corner of the internet. For good reason I think, it's pretty cute. I like the high-waisted style becaue it complements vintage looks but also the design is nice and casual which is good for counter-balancing some of my dresser makes (like my sultry sheath).I probably should have made it in a medium, as it pulls at the button band pretty badly. But what the hell, still very happy with it.

A quick word on the yarn: I used cascades 220 like the pattern called for, and the sweater has already started felting and pilling even though I've only worn it 6 or so times. I don't think it happened during blocking because it looked fine after that. Any insight to what's going on? This sort of thing happen with cascades yarn maybe?

Thanks for checking out my post, hopefully I'll be back next week with some recent spring makes!
It's spring dammit. Stop it with the snow Toronto.


  1. Is it the superwash kind? Sometimes superwash can act strange because the process alters the shape of the fibers. I've never heard of this happening with Cascade, but the shorter the fibers, the more likely they are to pop up and eventually pill.

    1. I can't track down the bands, but unless I bought superwash by accident I think it's the regular kind (I think I saw the superwash at Romni wools and it's packaged quite differently? Not 100% on that). I wet blocked it and used soak. After about one wear it was completely felted under the armpits (feels kind of like an overshare!). I'm kind of glad it's not the cascade yarn though, the brand is actually affordable for me and I love the colour range! But I guess that leaves the mystery unsolved. None of my rtw sweaters have ever done this. This sweater is really tight though...
      Thanks for the feedback, sorry I didn't get back sooner!