What Colour Would You Call Happiness?

If someone told you there was a colour called happiness, what colour would you picture?

I would have said a bright, sunny yellow if you’d asked me. This gorgeous blue is called Happiness, and after finishing this sweater I think the name is perfect!

I love, love, love this sweater. It’s perfect in every way!

The yarn is amazing, not only is the colour flattering, but it’s soft and springy. The shades and tones of blue are varied, but not stripey or patchy. I love how multi-dimensional the colour looks! (Kind of like the advertising on hair-colour boxes. Multi-toned highlights, this yarn has it!)

We’re entering the season of indoor photos. (Sounds a lot better than the season of endless rain, doesn’t it?) The good thing about taking photos indoors is that I can take several without getting cold. I can check them on the computer and see if they’re turning out or looking like crap. The backgrounds are a little dull but you understand, right?

Anyways, back to the sweater! The pattern is Audrey in Unst, the yarn is Madelinetosh Sport in Happiness. Here’s the Ravelry link to my project notes, if you’re interested. Happiness is a special colourway that you can only buy at Happy Knits in Portland, Oregon. So of course I had to bring some home with me after visiting! This is some of the road trip yarn I mentioned in this post. It’s more exciting to see it in a finished garment than just showing you the yarn, don’t you think?

It’s perfect with my Chantilly dress. The fitted, cropped shape goes so well with the full skirt and feminine silhouette. The fabric alone didn’t look like much until the dress was sewn up, and the blue cardigan makes a more colourful and interesting outfit.

I found the absolute perfect buttons at Button Button. They’re vegetable ivory, which means they’re carved out of a nut. I looked it up – it’s the Tagua nut and you can buy them at woodworking shops for carving projects. Isn’t that neat? As buttons, that means they’ll be hard and durable, more so than plastic buttons.

What else is there to say? The pattern is very well-written, full of amazing little details that make the sweater look professional. The sleeves are knitted into the sweater seamlessly! I learned a new technique there, as well as the i-cord bind-off – that nice rounded edge around the neckline. It is not as hard as it looks at all, I was so impressed with how pretty the result was.

Time to complete: 5 weeks + 2 days. Fairly fast for a sweater I’d say!

I think it’s important to mention how long things take to make sometimes. I was at the button shop picking out buttons for this sweater, and another shopper remarked ‘you could knit those and sell them!’ Well yes, I suppose I could, but it would never be profitable. Not to mention it would take all the fun out of knitting, plus then someone else would own my Happiness Cardigan! I think not. I love it too much to share! (I even wore it out of the house without buttons, because I’d tried it on for the eighteenth time that morning and loved how cosy it felt on my arms.)

Speaking of buttons, I made my very first knit buttonholes. It was not nearly as scary as sewing buttonholes!

Making two items that go well together is smart wardrobe planning. I’m so happy that I can wear this dress all winter and spring with its pretty coordinating cardigan.

I wanted to say thanks to all the knitters out there that comment on the blog. I’ve come a long way since My First Sweater last year! You guys were the ones that encouraged me to start knitting, about a year and half ago. Thanks for stopping by and leaving helpful comments whenever we talk about knitting stuff. Your comments encouraged me to try new things, challenge myself with new techniques and not give up when I make mistakes. I would have never thought I’d be making something this pretty so soon!

This sweater is going to have a special place in my heart: yarn from a wonderful holiday trip, amazing colour and great fit, and an enjoyable learning experience!

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83 Responses to What Colour Would You Call Happiness?

  1. Sewing Sveta November 22, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    So nice cardigan! I am thinking about making my own sweater but I am afraid I will make it for years!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      My first one took months, because I started from the beginning a couple of times when it wasn’t working. So don’t feel discouraged if it’s slow going! Wait till I post the other cardigan I’m finishing, it took me nearly six months from start to finish. Some are fast, some are much slower. Good luck!

  2. Katherine November 22, 2012 at 6:24 am #

    Great sweater!! That is a fabulous pattern, that I will need to bookmark! Congrats on your knitting accomplishments!

    I love Madeleine Tosh’s yarns. I always visit the Purl Soho website and salivate at all the gorgeous colours.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      Oh, me too. Madelinetosh, Tanis Fiber Arts and Sweet Georgia Yarns are my favourites. I’m a sucker for bright, vivid colours!

  3. angie.a November 22, 2012 at 6:32 am #

    Beautiful sweater AND dress. I really need to learn to knit. I’m like a broken record on that one.. ;)

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

      That’s what I felt like before I learned to knit – always admiring the pretty things made by sewing bloggers, wishing I could make them myself! Good luck if you give knitting a try – there are so many helpful resources out there for beginners, plenty of free patterns and knitting bloggers too!

  4. Gail November 22, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    Beautiful job on your sweater! I love the whole outfit – you look adorable!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Thank you!

  5. Sam November 22, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    What a beautiful cardigan, in a gorgeous colour. Your stitches are so neat! I love the dress too, the fabric is very pretty.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 1:04 pm #

      Thank you! I love how the whole outfit turned out.

  6. Sew Little Time November 22, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    that’s lovely – love that wool and the pattern is so pretty! there’s definitely no money in handknitting for people as no one would pay enough to cover the time it takes. when a factory made knitted jumper costs £30-40 (in the UK), that’s probably not much more than the cost of good quality wool to make it! knit for family and friends (and yourself of course) but i can’t see how it’s a moneymaker!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      You’re exactly right – there isn’t even a comparable sweater to buy in stores here. For about $80 you’re still looking at acrylic and reasonable quality here, certainly not exciting colours and pretty buttons!

  7. Marie November 22, 2012 at 7:34 am #

    This cardigan is utterly gorgeous and it goes so well with your second Chantilly! I can totally see myself wearing that colour and style…it’s just perfect!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      I could see you wearing it too – it would be great on you!

  8. Sherri Tuttle November 22, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    So beautiful! I love everything about it and since I’ve done the stitch on the high bodice area before I think this is one I want to make. Love your blog!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

      Thank you! It’s an easy stitch pattern with a nice result, isn’t it? Happy knitting!

  9. didyoumakethat November 22, 2012 at 7:45 am #

    Oh, that is just SO pretty. ‘You’ve come a long way, baby,’ as they say. You have such a great eye for patterns. I may have to make this – so sweet. I’m knitting a Honey Cowl right now!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

      Oh yay! The Honey Cowl is pretty fun to knit, isn’t it? Knit knit knit around and around and then slip purl slip purl. I liked how easy the pattern was and how springy the finished cowl ended up! Happy knitting!

  10. Lynne November 22, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Your cardigan is gorgeous, and I love the colour. :)

  11. Julie Culshaw November 22, 2012 at 9:26 am #

    Your sweater is lovely. I am so impressed with your results, given that you haven’t knitted for that long. Amazing. I was sure the wool was from Tanis Fiber Arts, given the mixed blues. You should check out her blog, she is a Canadian producer of wool, lives in Quebec, you and she should get acquainted. Here is the link to her blog.


    • spikeabell November 22, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      Love Tanis fibre, thanks for the link…those colours. Even in Australia there are times for yarn…:)

      • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm #

        Thanks Julie! I love Tanis’s yarn and do check out her blog from time to time. I made my very first sweater out of Tanis Fiber Arts yarn, in mixed blues as well. This is it! http://sewaholic.net/my-first-sweater/

        Her colours are gorgeous, and the yarns are great to knit with. I also like supporting a fellow Canadian! I want to make thrummed mittens next and she’s selling kits for them soon.

        Thanks for the recommendation!

  12. CosIadoru November 22, 2012 at 10:07 am #

    Your sweater is a little marvel :)Congratulations!!!

  13. Jenny November 22, 2012 at 10:10 am #

    oh wow – I LOVE your dress and your beautiful sweater. That blue is just divine, it really brings out the simple beauty of the dress.

  14. Lisette November 22, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I’m stealing your whole outfit! I love everything about both pieces.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

      Do it! They’re very well matched and comfortable to wear together.

  15. Truly Myrtle November 22, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    It looks just gorgeous on you, I love the blue :) it’s not usually a colour I reach for …. Must remember to do so sometime! I have bought This pattern and the yarn to knit it …. Just have to get the vast number of wips off my needles first!!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      You know, when it was still yarn, I wasn’t a hundred percent sure of the colour. I thought it was too muted and grey for my tastes. It’s kind of like paint, a little bit can look like a lot when it’s a full garment (or wall!)

  16. To Boldly Sew November 22, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    It is gorgeous! And looks fab with that dress :-)

  17. Seraphinalina November 22, 2012 at 11:49 am #

    What a lovely sweater! It really suits your figure and colouring.

    Purple makes me happy, so I’d have to say that’s the colour of happiness in my world.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

      Thank you! That’s two for purple now as their happiness colour. :)

  18. Claudia November 22, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    Your sweater is lovely.

    Orange is definitely my happiness colour!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Orange! That’s a great happiness colour.

  19. MarrieB November 22, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Beautiful!! The yarn is just perfect. You’ve inspired me to finish my Audrey, which I set aside a couple months ago.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:41 pm #

      Yes! Do it, it’s a great versatile piece. I love how warm it is yet how flattering and non-bulky it feels to wear.

  20. Fiona November 22, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Beautiful! And the colour suits you very well indeed.

  21. spikeabell November 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    I’m amazed by your knitting prowess after only one year. Gives hope to a person who has been able to knit plain stitch since she was seven… with the most complicated thing knitted being a moss stitch beret. Awesome work Tasia. And this one looks great on you, I love the colour too.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

      Thank you! This has a lot of plain stitch in it, it’s nearly all plain knitting except for the ribbing and the yoke detailing. It was so much easier than I thought it would be to make! Good luck with your knitting adventures!

  22. Rachelle November 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Beautiful cardigan, might have to put that in my queue as it looks like a very versatile piece

  23. Leah November 22, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

    Lol, I’ve been saying the same thing for years about selling my handmade items. First of all you couldn’t afford what I’d have to charge. Second of all, it’s my unique creation, don’t want others out there. Shuts me up every time. Of course another creative person can use same yarn and pattern, it will be beautiful but will have their imprint on it, which is as it should be.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

      Exactly! I always feel a bit awkward when people say something about selling my items. Half of me wants to get on my soapbox about the value of handmade items, the other half wants to convert them to sewing so they can appreciate the joy of making their own things too!

      Even if someone else picked this exact yarn and this exact pattern, it still wouldn’t look identical. That’s the beauty of handmade items – there’s always a few slight imperfections or design changes that we make to make it our own!

      • Shannon December 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm #

        I’ve just started sewing purses and handbags. I made the mistake of offering to make one for each of my three sisters for Christmas. The problem is, I don’t want to give any of them away! Each one is special to me for all sorts of reasons-how the stripes matched perfectly, my first time using faux leather, putting in a side zipper, the neat frog closure I found online, etc. Maybe I should make a second set so I can keep one of each for myself?!

  24. Amanda D. November 22, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

    This is the color I call happiness! Before I even saw photos I thought of this color when I saw your post title. I love the whole outfit. Your blog is so inspiring!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

      Nice! This is the colour of your happiness, I love it! It feels like a summer sky on a sunny day.

  25. Helen November 22, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Yes. That colour really is happiness and that sweater pattern is just very feminine and looks great on so may people. 5 weeks, not bad for a sweater!

  26. Lauren November 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    The colours are very complimentary on you. I love the detail on the cardigan; I don’t knit, but this is certainly inspiring me to look into it. Well done!

  27. Lucy November 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm #

    Beautiful! I saw in your Ravelry notes that you timed how long to do a row…sometimes I do that, but damn, it’s disheartening when you realise how little you’ll move forward over an evening. Still, every row is one row closer!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm #

      Haha, yeah! You start with the ribbing and it feels like it’s going to take forever. Four rows in one hour – sooooo slow. I was curious to see how long it was taking so I timed it, then it makes sense when the piece hardly grows! You’re right, every row is one row closer. That’s the best thing to tell yourself to get through it! After the ribbing it’s a breeze.

  28. Ellie November 22, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Wow – it’s beautiful!!! How did you learn to knit this good so fast?? Even the side seams look PERFECT. Love the yarn too!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      They’re fake sideseams! The sweater is knit in one piece, and at the sideseams you knit a purl stitch when you get to the side, so it looks like a seam but it’s not!

      Very easy, much easier than it looks!

      How did I learn to knit so quickly? Practice and determination! Lots of practice, and pure stubbornness. That and I really wanted to make cute sweaters, so I was motivated to keep on learning!

  29. Corinne November 22, 2012 at 6:25 pm #

    This is beautiful, and truthfully, I think everybody looks good in blue. So, Happiness it is! I certainly enhances the dress as well. It’s enough to make me start wearing dresses again……………….

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

      Thank you! I think a lot of people look great in blue, this is a really wearable blue with a hint of green and grey to it, yet it’s still really clean looking. And I loved the name as well – marketing works! If it were called someone like Light Blue it wouldn’t be nearly as appealing.

  30. Limescented November 22, 2012 at 7:25 pm #

    What a pretty sweater! I’m a pretty experienced knitter (4 years now), and have just started sewing. Moved up from an a-line skirt to well fitted shirt 2 weeks ago!

    Reading about your knitting experiences brought back all the lovely memories of my excitement about knitting in the first place — complex and rich hand-dyed yarn colours, luscious surface textures and perfect fit!

    I also have to remind myself, when I compare how ‘easy’ knitting is compared to sewing, that it wasn’t always so! There was a learning time when I found knitting quite frustrating!

    Some resources I found really useful while learning to shape knitting to my body:
    1. The bust shaping tutorials on knittingdaily.com (you’ll have to look through the archives, but they’re worth it!)
    2. The Fit to Flatter series by Amy Herzog (10 tutorials on various aspects of knitting pattern selection and shaping. There’s even an F2F group on Ravelry, and they’ve got a list of patterns flattering for various body shapes.

    Have fun!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

      Thanks for the resources! It’s easy to forget what you’ve learned isn’t it? I’ve already forgotten how hard it was in the beginning, almost, when I couldn’t tell the difference between knit and purl stitches and I’d write down whatever my last stitch was, so I knew where to pick up again.

  31. Alessa November 22, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    Oh, how beautiful! And such a lovely color, how fitting that it should be called Happiness! I’m very Impressed that you managed to finish it in 5 weeks. I’m still working on a pair of socks that I started about 2 months ago… :-)

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

      I worked on it every spare minute! Lots of movies and knitting nights. Socks can take longer because you have to make two of them and the second one’s less fun!

  32. Angela November 22, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Tasia, this is just beautiful! The colour looks lovely on you and what a fantastic outfit. I think I will have to add this to my list of favourites! I too rediscovered knitting last year, isn’t Ravelry just wonderful.

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

      Ravelry is wonderful! It’s great to read everyone’s notes before starting a project, or hear what people had to say about different yarns before buying.

  33. Laura November 23, 2012 at 1:05 am #

    Gorgeous. The colour is fantastic. And I agree, it goes beautifully with the silhouette of the dress. Great work!

  34. Carola November 23, 2012 at 5:58 am #

    Wow, I just love everything about that cardigan. I have only ever knitted a very basic scarf and I vowed I’d never try it again because it took me so very long to do it but the more I read about sewists who also knit (and show photos of their beautiful creations!), the more I might look into it! Not sure where to start though. Any suggestions?

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:25 pm #

      If you’re curious where I started you can peek through all my projects on Ravelry! First a simple cowl, then another one, then on to hats, then socks, then sweaters.


      I basically found a pattern I wanted to make, and searched Youtube for a tutorial every time I got stuck on something. If you’d prefer more hands-on learning, I’d suggest you look for classes at your nearest yarn store! Or look for a knitting group, or someone who does lessons, or ask around your friends and family to see if anyone will teach you! I’m more of an independent learner so the self-taught method worked for me.

  35. Adrienne November 23, 2012 at 7:56 am #

    Amazing sweater! I can’t knit for the life of me, but you make me want to learn!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

      It’s so much fun! Time-consuming, and requires a whole bunch of new tools, but it’s very rewarding if you like making stuff and have always wanted custom-knit sweaters.

  36. Shawna November 23, 2012 at 8:55 am #

    The color purple is my happiness! My daughter’s name is Violet & everything we have is mostly purple! Purple makes me feel unique & happy. :)

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

      I love that name, Violet! Purple is the colour of royalty, I can see it as a happy colour too!

  37. Alice November 23, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Lovely sweater! It’s great to see it as part of a wardrobe too, with the dress. My knitted items so often wind up as orphans, or strictly outerwear. I will definitely be incorporating knitting into my wardrobe planning in the future!

    • Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:20 pm #

      I could see how that happens – you get so into picking the most beautiful yarn, you forget to think what it might go with! I’m glad I finished this dress in time to go with the sweater.

  38. Tasia November 23, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    Thank you all for all the wonderful comments about my sweater! It turned out well above expectations and I’m so happy with it. It’s fun to see an entire hand-made outfit come to life that includes both knitting and sewing!

  39. Francesca November 23, 2012 at 4:04 pm #

    Gorgeous! Great yarn pick – I love toney handpaint yarn, and this is a beautiful blue – suits you too. I made this cardi last winter. I actually made it in the pattern spec yarn – same colour too – how unoriginal – but I loved the reds in it and knew it would be great over many of my dresses. It’s just one of those cardis! Such a clever pattern.

  40. Caroline November 23, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    Gosh girl – you are insanely talented! This is so good!

  41. Giggles in the Sun November 23, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

    It looks so beautiful, both the yarn and the fit. Looking at it I really thought you’ve been knitting for years.

    For years I have been knitting, but never anything past scarfs and blankets etc. in fact only last year I finally started to purl. I look at it now and think ‘what on earth was I waiting for’. I have been thinking of branching out to something like a sweater or a cardigan and after reading your post on the first sweater, I have now emailed the creator for the pattern and hope to get the pattern and start after Christmas. Thank you for being so inspiting :-)

  42. Christine November 23, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Gorgeous! Love both the sweater and the dress! If only it was cold enough here to learn to knit… :)

  43. Wanett November 24, 2012 at 7:52 pm #

    This is an unbelievable finishing job!! I can’t believe you’ve been knitting for so short a time! I love the color, the pattern and the dress you’re wearing it with.

  44. Jo November 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

    Usually I see how many comments you have and go “well, no point adding another’. But this time I thought “what the heck”, and did it anyway. This looks awesome! Such a lovely cute cardigan! I have just about finished my second cardigan. It took a hell of a lot of work!
    Anyway, back to you- Love it, and also the cardy dress combo :) Well done!

  45. Rachel November 25, 2012 at 8:49 pm #


  46. Lauren November 26, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    What a beautiful sweater! I’ve lurked that pattern before (it’s even listed in my favorites on Ravelry), but your finished piece makes me want to put everything aside and make one now! Dangit, girl, I just bought yarn to make the Lauriel! Stop! Ahahaha!

    But forreal… that color definitely is Happiness. And the fit is so spot-on! I love that everything you knit up pulls from indie businesses & designers, down to the perfect little buttons. I just love the slowness of knitting a sweater – I find I am building the rest of my wardrobe around them (kind of like those mix-n-match outfit capsules your mom would make you bring when you went on vacation. Just me? Ok.), so everything just looks more cohesive as a whole. And I LOVE wearing my handknits! I have a whole chest full of sweaters but I wear the same handmade ones over and over :)

  47. Heide November 26, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    Love the Audrey in Ust sweater!! I made a cream one this past year and can’t wait to make another. Yours is beautiful. Congratulations on your new cardigan!

  48. Amy November 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Oh my! It’s gorgeous! I agree that that color is happiness!

  49. Shannon December 11, 2012 at 11:04 pm #

    Tasia, thank you for posting the pictures of your finished sweater! For one thing, it is a work of art! But the other reason is that the blue seems to change color in every picture. With the different poses, close-ups, the dress in the background, each brings out the various shades and hues (if those are the correct color terms!)
    I’m so glad you hung in with learning to knit! The rewards are obvious!!

  50. Dorit Wright April 15, 2013 at 11:23 am #

    Hi Tasia,
    I just bought the pattern to this cardigan. I wondered if you could help me. I am a 33″ bust measurement and don’t know if I should knit the 32 1/2 or the 34 1/2. Any suggestions? And I just knit a swatch and I am 1/2 a stitch short with my gauge. It should be 6 sts per inch and I am at 5 1/2. I can’t remember if I need to use a larger number needle or smaller?
    Thanks. You are an inspiration. I made the Cambie dress and I absolutley love it!

    • Tasia April 15, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      Hello Dorit! I made the 32.5 as I’m between 32 and 33 depending on how padded my bra is.
      I am pretty sure if you have less stitches then you need to go down a size? Think of it this way, do the stitches need to get smaller and closer together? Then you need smaller needles to make the smaller stitches. Hope this helps!


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