Carter Cardigan

Way back in February or March, I was prepping for a sweater class. I had been looking around for quite some time for an advanced sweater class to teach that would be a good challenge but along the same lines as the Central Park Hoodie.  After some discussion with Alisa at Firefly Fibers I quickly knitted up the sample. I had my outline & notes ready when things kind of imploded in my life & I had to walk away from the classroom. I settled up on the sample I had knit & I went home with my sweater under the agreement that I would keep it under wraps until the shop class schedule  was posted so I wouldn’t ruin any surprises should Alisa decide to teach it. Well, the class schedule went up a few weeks ago & this sweater was not on it so without further ado, I present to you a long overdue introduction to Laura Chau’s Carter Cardigan.

sweater frontI can honestly say that this sweater is more technically demanding than any other sweater I’ve made. While it has the whole cabled cardi look in common with Central Park Hoodie — that sweater is so tried and true, isn’t it?! — it makes a pretty big departure when it comes to knitting it up. Between all the twist patterns & cables, the pockets & shawl collar right down to the i-cord bind-off on the button band and all the seaming — there is just a lot happening in this sweater & it is a great challenge for anyone looking for one.

There are so many details that make this sweater special.

back detail deckIt’s got this cute little garter stitch detail on the back.

carter back detailIt gives you just a little definition on this otherwise plain back.

pocket detailThe pockets are really so much fun to work — including their i-cord edge & ingenious linen stitch interior. Normally I wouldn’t think too hard about the inside of my pocket, but I absolutely & whole-heartedly endorse the linen stitch for pockets now. With the tightly knit, no stretch properties of linen stitch, your pockets don’t stretch and even the smallest things stay where they are supposed to. It is so wonderfully awesome. You can see my pocket looks all wonky — truth be told it’s because I have been wearing it a ton lately, so it is not freshly blocked and the pockets have been stretched a bit from me stuffing stuff in them. The wonky-ness is just proof of my love for this cardi, I swear!

with binosI absolutely love the fit of this sweater — it just… it fits perfectly. It is one of those sweaters for which you can tell the designer put a lot of effort into making a flattering sweater — lots of little details to ensure that everything fits just so. I am so pleased with this sweater that no buttons have yet to make the cut to grace it.

in the woodsInstead, I have been holding it closed with a shawl pin as demonstrated by this photo. Not the greatest to be sure, but  I do have some buttons on the way that I hope fit the bill. I just couldn’t wait to share this sweater with you because I have been waiting so long to do so and I’ve been wearing it so much lately. Plus, now you will have the good fortune of seeing it with & without buttons, so you can totally critique my choice when I make it. That’s my story & I’m sticking to it.

I knit this sweater up in Lamb’s Pride Worsted from Brown Sheep Company in the Mulberry colorway. It is a very lovely yarn to work with — in fact, I haven’t met a Brown Sheep yarn I didn’t like. I may be biased though since I’ve been to their headquarters in Nebraska and just loved the experience & now I associate the yarn with the gorgeous landscape of Western Nebraska. My very first knitting project — a simple cardigan — was knit in Lamb’s Pride Bulky, too, so we have a history together that endears this yarn to me. Rustic and quite beautiful, Lamb’s Pride Worsted is also very warm. For this reason (as well as the awesome fit), my Carter Cardigan is my go-to sweater for mornings & evenings so far this autumn. As you can see, it’s also comes out with me on early morning hikes & fishing trips. I love it!

This sweater is a fantastic piece for anyone looking for a little challenge & is interested in a detail-oriented project. I really enjoyed the intricacies and details that give this sweater its character and shape. It definitely isn’t a simple knit, but it is certainly worth the effort!

For details on my Carter Cardigan, check out my Ravelry project page for it here.

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    1. I was *really* looking forward to teaching it! I definitely will share a photo with buttons – I am hopeful for the ones I’ve ordered – they are en route from Michigan as I type!

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