Round my neck of the woods, spring usually arrives later than elsewhere in Canada. Snow can fall as late as April. Sunny days are interrupted by blustery winds, miserable rains or messy snow. “If you don’t like the weather, wait 10 minutes” is a familiar maritime expression. A warm cardigan would be perfect to help me cope with a fickle east coast climate.
But no ordinary cardigan will do. So to that end, I’ve decided to embark on a fair isle journey. This is gonna be a new experience. And one I think I’ll enjoy ‘cuz of the colours–bright, bold splashes of spring, easter eggs and vibrant flowers.
Check out the fair isle cardigan. Doesn’t it remind you of crocuses?
I thought about choosing my own colours, but why mess with perfection? Isn’t all that colourful yarn just yummy? Just like candy!
All of it is Bernat Softee Chunky, my favorite yarn. Now my plan is to work the bottom ribbing portion in XL and then decrease as I work the stripes so that I’m back to size L before working the fair isle portion. The difference between the two sizes is only 12 stitches (or 3 inches).
I know you’re thinking “why?”. My last sweater, the A-Line Cardigan , fit just fine in large, but it was designed to be roomier at the bottom. This fair isle cardigan with its ribbed hem is less roomy at the bottom (and my bottom needs more room). The joys of customizing your handknits!
Now I’m off to work on the requisite swatch. Need to check my gauge before starting my project. Wish me luck.