I haven’t been able to share much lately due to the secrecy needed for my current projects (gift knitting is so fun though!), but this particular FO has been overdue for its spot in the limelight. I “technically” finished it about 3 weeks ago but only wove in the ends the week of Thanksgiving since I wanted to wear it on my trip to Colorado. This cozy sweater turned out to be a perfect choice for the unusually mild temperatures that occurred those few days.
The Spindrift cardigan is part of an amazing collection by Cecily Glowik MacDonald called Landing: Winded Knits Vol 1. It was actually a quick knit since it uses size US 10.5 and 11 needles and aran-weight yarn. The pattern directions are incredibly easy to follow. The only modification (if it can be called a mod) I did was to knit the collar wider than called for in the pattern. I really like thick shawl collars since my neck gets cold so often. Oh, and I didn’t make the pockets. I actually used the yarn called for, Quince & Co. Osprey, which I’ll get to in a moment. The top-down cardigan is simple and easy to wear, exactly the kind of garment I love. The back detail is also very pretty too.
I actually didn’t block the cardigan before wearing it since I kept putting it off before my trip. Now that I’m back home I hope to get to that soon. From what I understand, the yarn gets softer with each wash but maintains it’s integrity which is good to know.
As for the yarn, you may already know that I love Quince & Co. I’ve only written about it once before, but I’ve knit with a few different bases and feel that each base is amazing in its own way. Osprey, as I mentioned above, is the aran-version of the yarn and does not disappoint. It’s plump, has a good hand, and has very lovely stitch definition. This colorway is Chanterelle, a light tan/fawn color.
It is 100% American wool and contains 170yds (155m) per 100g skein. It also goes a long way. According to the pattern sizing I was to use 7 skeins, I actually ended up using only 5.5 skeins and that was after adding the extra rows to the collar (the collar will take you at least 1 skein on its own). My gauge, however, was a little tighter in the arm length since I didn’t want to go up a needle size and prefer more fitted sleeves.
Now that this sweater is done I’m looking forward to my next Osprey sweater. Right now I have the yarn requirements for the Wickerwork Pullover by Michele Wang (which also calls for Osprey, yay!). Once the gift knitting is farther along I’ll cast on for this, hopefully before we actually get into our winter temps here in Texas. :)