Blushing Cables Cardigan

I’ve finished knitting a gorgeous coral cardigan – another project done in one of ‘my colours!’

blushing cables cardigan

The pattern is Acer Cardigan by Amy Christoffers, yarn is Madelinetosh Vintage in Coral. Ravelry notes are here. (I wrote a mini-novel in the notes field, there was a lot to say about this one!) I also made a few modifications to the pattern so I wanted to note them down in case there was a next time knitting this pattern.

I made size 34 for a little bit of ease, like the pattern recommended. It didn’t turn out with a lot of ease in the end but it fits comfortably.

coral cardigan with cables

I also bought this yarn at Happy Knits over the summer, same as the yarn for the Happiness Cardigan. Do you ever buy materials that match the outfit you’re wearing? I was wearing a coral dress at the store, and came home with coordinating coral yarn.

glowing coral colour

This colour just glows! I took these photos in the late afternoon when the light was soft and pretty. There’s no trickery to the photos, the colour of the yarn naturally picks up the light in a very pretty way.

After finishing the Happiness Cardigan, I wanted to knit another style that was mostly plain with detailing on the front. I’d recently seen Rachel’s beautiful version and loved how it turned out – those shades of pewter and blues are gorgeous! Originally I’d had a different plan for this coral yarn, but this seemed like a better idea.

coral cardigan

(Actually, what happened was that I knit a swatch for a different pattern, but in order to match the gauge I had to keep going up needle sizes to the point where the fabric looked too loose and sloppy. Gauge is the number of stitches per inch that the pattern requires. Too tight means the sweater will be too small, too loose means the sweater will be too large. And if you use a bigger needle to get the right number of stitches per inch, there’s more space between the yarns, creating more of an open-weave look. So I looked for a pattern that was closer to the gauge I liked for this yarn. See, I’m learning!)

coral cardigan

The pattern on the front and back is a cable and lace pattern. It was not too hard to do, after about twenty rows I really got into the groove with it and had it nearly memorized. The worst is if you make a mistake and don’t notice it until the next row. When you’re knitting all the way around the body from front to front, that’s a long row or two to undo!

coral cardigan, back view

(Back view. I must not be good at holding still, my back-view photos are always slightly blurry!)

I did the same top-down seamless sleeves as the Audrey in Unst cardigan. I figured, that was a good method, why not apply it to this sweater too? (I did read other people’s Ravelry notes and was reassured to read that other people did the same thing.)

top-down set in sleeves

What I like about cardigans is the versatility. Wear them open, wear them buttoned, wear them with jeans and a tank, wear them over a dress, wear them with a structured or a frilly blouse. In a limited wardrobe, it’s nice to have pieces that can be worn different ways. (I’m wearing mine with the Chantilly Dress, but I think it would be great with a cream camisole and jeans, too!)

coral cardigan - looks good open, too

I had some trouble with the buttonhole bands, and ended up skipping them in favour of snaps, like Lauriel. (Which then took me two months to complete. I’m really bad at forcing myself to finish my knitted projects, when there’s hand-sewing to do.) I finished this one a while ago but waited for sunny weather to take photos.

Time to complete: 16 weeks + 6 days. (Nearly four months for this one. I am slow to finish when there’s hand-work involved – and when I’m excited to move on to the next thing!)

coral cardigan, side view

It’s so nice to be able to fill in the gaps in my wardrobe with my own two hands. Even if it’s slow to knit them by hand, it sure is rewarding to be able to choose the exact styles, colour and fit that I want.

Next up in the knitting world: more sweaters and more socks. Can you tell I’m hooked? Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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32 Responses to Blushing Cables Cardigan

  1. Lauren March 22, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    That is one gorgeous cardigan! I swear, you pick the prettiest yarn colors (and patterns for that matter… but I’m super biased, bc this pattern has been in my queue for ages ha!). You’ll definitely get a lot of wear out of this one, it looks fabulous on you!

  2. Tasha March 22, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous! And that is such a great color on you, good thing it’s one of your colors. :D I recognized it as Acer right away, that pattern has been on my queue for ages. lol Your version is really beautiful!

  3. Major Moma March 22, 2013 at 7:15 am #

    Wow. That is so beautiful. I only crochet and nothing fancy yet. But you are really making me want to be able to make myself sweaters too!

  4. Carolyn March 22, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    Oh, I love everything about this sweater…from the design, to the color, to the fit (perfect fit!). You did such a fantastic job!

  5. autumn March 22, 2013 at 7:39 am #

    feel free to keep posting super cute/fun sweaters! it gives me ideas! also, have you looked at either julissa or bloomsbury? they’re gorgeous, though they’re not cardigans.

    also, just got the new pattern – yay! and the ladies at my local sewing/bernina store just MAY do a class for it! (classes are a fun social time, which also locks me in to finishing a project in a timely fashion!)

  6. Susan March 22, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    What gorgeous yarn — and a beautiful finished result!

  7. Sabs March 22, 2013 at 8:16 am #

    Wow, that is just lovely! I have similar coloured wool sitting in a pile at home bought ages ago for a cardi too… I really, REALLY must learn to knit properly so I can make something just as nice!

  8. Diane @ Vintage Zest March 22, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    Coral is one of my absolute favorite colors too! I wish I stuck with knitting sometimes, but then I remember that it’s almost impossible to wear cold weather items here for very long! I’m in Southern California by the way. :)

  9. nothy March 22, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Really nice cardigan. I can’t believe how fast you get things finished. A cardigan would take me ages – I’m not the greatest knitter, nor the fastest!

  10. kristonlion March 22, 2013 at 9:37 am #

    gorgeous! Love your whole outfit! I know I always say this, but you totally inspire me to try just a little bit harder at this whole knitting thing!

  11. ClaireE March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am #

    I love everything about it! The colour is gorgeous and really suits you.

  12. Tiffany March 22, 2013 at 9:57 am #

    Lol. I’m almost done making the same sweater (in blue)! I’m just waiting for my husband to make me some wood buttons.

    As to choosing yarn colours and then realizing you are matching what you are wearing – I did that with my husband. I took him to the yarn store to pick yarns for a sweater and, after picked our yarns, we realized we had matched many of the colours in the dinosaur t-shirt he wore to the store. haha

  13. Kelly March 22, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    Such a beautiful cardigan! You always choose such nice colors and patterns. I’ve been knitting for a few years, but just can’t seem to muster the courage to make a sweater, even though I have learned all the techniques needed to complete one long ago. It’s just so big! Maybe 2013 will be the year, with all this inspiration coming at me I can’t resist forever!

  14. MadeByMeg March 22, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    wow you sure crank out the sweaters! looks lovely!

  15. Ami March 22, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    This is GORGEOUS! I love coral, it’s such a fun and lovely colour. Your knitting looks perfect too! Beautiful :)

  16. learningnewtricks March 22, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    What can’t you make?! Love the sweater, color, and fit. Not only is your sweater lovely, so is the Chantilly dress. You probably also made the stockings! Soon you’ll be making shoes — I saw a really great video on making dress shoes for men — long video.

  17. Sewbussted March 22, 2013 at 11:13 am #

    Such a beautiful sweater and perfectly knitted!

  18. Ruth Meek March 22, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    That’s so beautiful! I’m so jealous of your talent. I wish I could knit!!!

  19. Claire March 22, 2013 at 12:03 pm #

    This cardigan has been in my to-knit list for a long time. Your version is really beautiful and fit you well. Time for me to knit it too!

  20. Sandi Pratt March 22, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    So pretty and feminine. You are so talented, love the color too.

  21. Stephanie Lanzetti March 22, 2013 at 6:27 pm #

    Have to love a cardi!… Gorgeous colour.


  22. Amanda March 22, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    I’m stunned by your progress in the world of knitting from beginner not so long ago to stuff like this – it’s so inspiring! This cardigan is beautiful and so intricate.

  23. Angela March 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    This is really beautiful Tasia, I love the colour on you. I’ve just moved this cardy to the top of my Ravelry queue!

  24. Lisa Suit March 23, 2013 at 4:20 am #

    Absolutely gorgeous!! And I’m so glad to know that I’m not the only one who leaves projects forever when they involve hand sewing for the finishing! :)

  25. Maggie March 23, 2013 at 7:38 am #

    I adore Madelinetosh yarn! The colors are just so beautiful when knitted up. Great job on the cardigan! This pattern will now go in my Ravelry queue as well :)

  26. Sarah March 23, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    This is gorgeous! Maybe the tendency to pick more supplies in the colour you are wearing is simply an indication that your wardrobe is representative of the colours you love? I think this peach would look lovely over a bright turquoise :).

    Your experiences of teaching yourself to knit (and those lovely over the knee socks!) where part of my inspiration to start knitting a month or so ago, and I’m so glad I did :). Although now my brain works overtime thinking up and designing knitting projects as well as sewing ones, and it’s even harder to get to sleep, hahaha.

  27. Rachelle March 24, 2013 at 7:49 am #

    What a great job Tasia – that’s a beautiful sweater!
    I totally hear you on the being slow when finishing and hand sewing is involved! I really trucked along when I was knitting up the felted octopus I’m making for my nephew, but now that I have to sew on the eyes and stuff him ….I’ve already doubled the amount of time I’ve been working on him! I’ll let your sweater inspire me to get a move on and finish. :)

  28. Bec March 24, 2013 at 11:18 pm #

    Looks gorgeous, the two toned colours look great and the dress underneath is adorable with it:)

  29. Becky March 25, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    That is so cute! I knit as well as sew and so I love your cross-over stories. Keep it up! Now I’m totally jonesing to work on my cardigan. It’s tucked in my backpack but, I have to go to work :(

  30. Annabellouise March 29, 2013 at 1:52 am #

    Wow. Fantastic job on cable cardigan. Also loved the skirt from ‘failed’ dress. I made two dresses last year that I am not thrilled with. May make one into a skirt.

  31. keerthi March 30, 2014 at 4:36 am # much does dis cost????/i mean in indian rupee???
    i dollar=60 indian rupee

    • Tasia March 31, 2014 at 8:40 am #

      Hi Keerthi, I’m glad you like the cardigan! It’s not for sale, just a personal project I made for myself.

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