As sad as I will be to wash and pack away Alice’s standby cardigan from last year, the arms are getting too short and she really needed a new everyday sweater. I got some hand-me-down yarn from my aunt by way of my mother and decided on the Antler Cardigan, designed by Tin Can Knits.
The yarn, which I’m happy to report I have lots of left over, is absolutely fabulous. It is called Kathmandu Aran Tweed, made by Queensland Collection, and is a blend of wool, silk, and cashmere. I’m so sorry it’s no longer available because it really is lovely. It looks sturdy and tweedy, which I love, but is super soft (especially after washing), which Alice appreciates. I actually knit myself a beret years ago out of the same type of yarn (different colorway) but lost it on my honeymoon and have mourned its loss ever since.
As a complete aside, I know that everyone thinks of browns and oranges as the colors of Autumn, but I really think that purple deserves a spot the fall palette. We got married in early October and many people assumed I would want to dress the bridesmaids in goldenrod or orange and seemed surprised by my choice of purple…BUT! I was thinking of wild asters and mums, and I maintain that purple can be plenty autumnal.
I always appreciate when patterns offer a broad sizing range and the Antler Cardigan is a pattern for babies through adult sizes. I can definitely imagine knitting one for myself at some point but will be very careful about the sizing. Alice at age two is pretty small, so I was hesitant to cast on for the 2-4 year size, but I had read several reviewers noting that the pattern runs slim so decided to go for it. My gauge was right on, but somehow this sweater came out snug across the middle for my 8th percentile toddler. I deliberately shortened the arms to the correct length for her, otherwise the proportions would have been even stranger.
The cardigan is knit back and forth on a circular needle from the bottom up in a fairly standard sort of way. The pattern is clear and easy to follow and the antler cables are easy and satisfying. I feel that there are too many stitches in the buttonhole bands causing it to ruffle a bit, but clearly it wasn’t so bad that I bothered to fix it.
While I’m not thrilled with the fit, I am generally happy with the sweater. It’s a good weight, it’s cute, Alice called it “cozy,” and it was fun to make. Things always get a bit bigger with washing, so I expect that it will last her a while even if it is a bit snug around the middle.
We’re having such a good late summer/early fall this year…I’m hoping to squeeze in a general update post sometime soon.