Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Silk Wispy Cardigan

Wispy Cardigan

Ah... it's been blocked, it's had it's FO shoot, and it's even been worn to a party this past weekend, and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!

Wispy Cardigan

This is my Wispy Cardigan, designed by Hannah Fettig, knit in Tanis Fiber Arts Silver Label Mulberry Silk yarn in the Tidal colourway on 3.5mm needles. 

My only mods were to lengthen the body so the hem hits right at my jeans, and to go down a needle size in order to get gauge. Other than that, I knit it exactly as directed and it came out perfectly. Were I to knit it again in this yarn (and I think that I just might!) I would shorten the sleeves by an inch or two, that way I would be able to get the whole sweater out on one skein of silk, for this version I used less than 10g of a second skein.

Wispy Cardigan

My silk yarn has often been used to knit beautiful shawls, stoles and scarves, but I knew that it was good for more than just fancy accessories, and wanted to show another use for it. This finished cardigan is light and airy, soft and shiny and hits the perfect balance between casual and dressy. Paired with a tank and jeans it's a nice day look, paired with a dress and heels and it's perfect for a night out! Since I don't go out that much I'll be wearing it with jeans more often then not, and I love that it adds a little silky something special to an outfit. I'm also excited about having a spring/summer knit. I usually knit heavier sweaters and winter accessories, I don't knit much with cotton or more summery yarns, but it will be very nice to have something knitterly to wear in the warmer months.

Wispy Cardigan

The design of this cardigan is really very clever. You first knit a shrug and then pick up stitches all around it and continue from there. The result is a cardigan that flows open, done in the silk the fronts drape beautifully and the whole look is really flattering. 

Wispy Cardigan

I'll be wearing this cardigan at next months Knitter's Frolic. I think I might knit another in a more autumnal colourway for fall...

Wispy Cardigan

18 comments:

  1. I really like it! It sits beautifully on you & looks so easy to wear.

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  2. I looked at this pattern when you first mentioned it, because I'm a fan of lighter sweaters, but it didn't quite do it for me. Seeing yours, though, now I want one. And to make it in silk? Mmmmm, sounds delightful.

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  3. It's really beautiful Tanis! The colour is the best also. Very inspiring to say the least.

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  4. You look stunning!!!

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  5. Very interesting pattern of cardigan, I like it. But colour fo the yarn is just beautiful, like a early spring sky. Lovely...

    :)

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  6. Yay! I'll be wearing my new knitted cardi too! Hopefully, I'm about 3/4 through the way of the first sleeve, but I think I'll make it ;o)
    That's gorgeous Tanis, and you look just lovely in the photos.

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  7. Very beautiful. I love being able to see how the silk knits up.

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  8. super lovely! I love that it works for a casual look and would look smashing with a little black dress! Great job!

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  9. When I checked this pattern out on Ravelry I wasn't very impressed. Even when I saw it blocking on your office floor, I wasn't sure about it. Now that I have seen it on you, I think I might just have to knit one for myself.

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  10. This is so beautiful. I love the third photo so much.

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  11. I worry that the sweater might slip off my shoulders. Do you find that it stays put?

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  12. You have done a beautiful job as the cardi looks perfect on you. I love the look of the silk.

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  13. It's so, so beautiful!! And you look amazing in it, great styling job. I bet you'll wear it all the time!!

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  14. [gasp!]

    Absolutely lovely! Pattern, fibre, model...everything!

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  15. Adriene: The sweater does stay put very well! It hasn't slipped off of my shoulders once! I think that it's the clever shrug construction, the little bit of ribbing really makes it very easy and comfortable to wear.

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  16. Oh it's beautiful! I can really see myself making and wearing that constantly!

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  17. I love this! I've been eyeing the Whisper Cardi and want to make it soon, so is this the same thing as the Whisper cardi, just modified to be a touch longer? Is that the only difference?
    Now I need to choose the Whisper or the Whispy :)

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