Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kelly cardigan

Oh, Kelly cardi, I do not love you like I thought I would.

Don't get me wrong, the color is to die for. Probably my favorite color of all time. The shape of the sweater is very boxy. Um, I like the sleeves though.

I should have known better. The pattern says to knit for twelve inches, then cast off for the sleeve. I should have knit about fifteen inches or so. It is too short, I think. Knitting with two strands of dental floss was making my eyes cross, so I just went ahead and cast off anyway. No shaping either. I should have added just a bit around the waist.



After wearing it for a bit, it did grow on me. I like it, but I don't love it.

See Jack's little head there? Frank and I can never sneak outside for a "photo shoot" without one of the kids noticing.


The Details:

Pattern: Kelly cardigan from Classic Knits, by Erika Knight.

Yarn: Ice Kid Mohair. The yarn is a mohair polyester blend that I was hesitant to get, but it really is soft and nice. It was really inexpensive, which I am thankful for now. I am curious to see how it will wear.

Mods: none. I highly recommend some waist shaping.



37 comments:

Nature Knitting said...

Oh I love this color, so pretty! you are much braver than me... can not imagine knitting with such fine yarn, although I am going to try it one of this days. I think the jacket looks good with a white shirt.

Jessica said...

My eyes would be positively crossed with that yarn...sock yarn practically makes me cross-eyed. I do love that green color, though! I wish I had more in that color.

Karen L. said...

Well you may not "love" it but it certainly is the style of the day. All the tops seem to be short now so you are definitely looking like 2009. Actually I think it looks cute on you too .... maybe not beautiful (but I don't think it was meant to be beautiful) but certainly really, really cute!!!

AlewivesGirl said...

I think it looks great!

You KNOW Stacy and Clinton would love it!

Anonymous said...

It looks great on you but hey, everything looks great on you! I love when one of the kids are peeping out from a picture!

MOM

APA said...

The color is gorgeous and yes, I can see where you might feel as if it's a bit short. But, it's probably just a matter of getting use to because it looks fantastic with jeans and a hip belt like you have one. And, you've a nice, slender figure, no "muffin tops" at the hips like some of us short, and so-they-call-it-curvy-these-days Portuguese women. :D You look great! "Like" is totally OK, don't you think?! :)

QuiltedSimple said...

Ooooh I like it. I love the color and it looks so cute on you with jeans....although is that SNOW i see in the background - I'll try and send some sun and warm your way:)
Kris

lera said...

Oh, it's VERY pretty. Love that green! So perfect for St. Patrick's Day!

Stephanie said...

Well "I" love it...but I know what you mean. Besides, EVERYTHING looks good on you!! I would...someday...like to knit a sweater. It's on the "list".

Thanks for sharing!

P.S. As for my beads...well, they WERE shoved in a box...before!

Stitching At Stone Cottage said...

i think it looks fabulous...short cropped cardigans are great for layering...i bet you will get lots of wear from it...

MichelleB said...

It is lovely, and a beautiful color. And really, I don't what wouldn't look fabulous on you.

dana said...

I love it all. Is it felted?
Um....and I swear you are constantly sewing or knitting. You have so many projects in the works!

Heather said...

That color is AMAZING!! Seriously. I need it in a paint color for my den. Strong work as always!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the colour - perfect for St Patricks day!!

beki said...

Don't you know? Cropped cardis are in! It looks great on you, but I know exactly how you feel. All too often I've made things that I like, but don't necessarily LOVE.

melissa s. said...

i really like it. perfect for st paddy's day!

Hilary said...

Oh, I think it looks great!! I usually like shaping in my sweaters, too, but I really don't think the lack of shaping makes this look boxy at all! Especially worn with a tailored shirt, it looks so nice! And of course the color could not be any more fabulous.

Jan said...

It looks beautiful - wear it - a lot!!

FinnyKnits said...

The way you're wearing it here does look good, though!

I always do that with tops, cast off too soon, even when I'm following the pattern.

It would look cute over a sleeveless dress for the spring - kinda casual and springy :) Especially in that color. YES.

crochetgurl said...

I still think it looks gorgeous on you! I especially like how the arm/shoulder area fits you well. And green is such a lovely color! You should wear it tomorrow for St. Patty's Day. :-)

lucky knitter said...

The color is so pretty and perfect for spring.

amandajean said...

i think it looks great on you!!!

Steph said...

You pull it off well! The color is fabulous!

tiennie said...

I think it looks fantastic! Are you sure you don't love it b/c it looks great on you!

Cottage Mommy said...

I think this looks so pretty on you...I like the boxy shape and I definitely think you should wear it (especially after all of that work!)

a friend to knit with said...

oh katie, you should LOVE this sweater. it looks fantastic on you! and the color is so very springy and fresh!
seriously. you wear it very very well!

Renee said...

Oh, feel the love ~ this cardi style and colour look fantastic on you. You should have another look at these photos, you look great!!

At Home Mommy Knits said...

It looks lovely on you but it's not fun to finish something and not love how it looks on yourelf after so much work. Great color!

Cyndi's Re-Creations said...

Love this sweater love the color and the shape of it I cant imagine working with such small yarn though!
I'm STILL working on my surface sweater and I'm using worsted weight.

elliebelle said...

I think it looks great - even without waist shaping! It's just a more swingly look. Very pretty!

Kate said...

It looks pretty good in the pictures and I do love that colour.

Shorty said...

I love the cardigan. If you care to pass it off to someone else I'll gladly take it! I also love getting to see what you make. Your creations are seriously making me consider learning to knit. I know how to crochet, but haven't made much more than afghans and scarves. Knitting is so much more lush, though. Please keep those tempting pictures coming!

Anonymous said...

If you decide to sell this cardigan let me know. My name is even kelli. stevekellidd@yahoo.com

kim said...

OMG! It looks fabulous on you!!! But I know the feeling of not loving little details. If only we knew ahead of time....

Anonymous said...

So pretty!

How many balls of Iced Mohair did you end up using?

Philigry said...

ded up using 6 balls of the yarn. there is a ton of yardage!

Mette said...

Love your cardigan!