by livingamused

LINK: Some of my favorite yarns to-date:

  • Louisa Harding Grace Wool & Silk– Yummy! Soft with a beautiful sheen and lovely solid as well as hand dyed shades; this is a great yarn to splurge on for those special projects. Although it is listed as DK, the yarn blooms (especially if you unravel). You can really use it as a worsted weight. I like knitting it on needles 7 to 9. US 6 to 7 needles are perfect for the lace patterns in this yarn.
  • Cascade Yarns Venezia Worsted– Soft and airy yarn, it is truly a pleasure to knit with this yarn. It’s perfect in the way it has nice body and drape with good stitch definition. As a bonus, it is available in a spectrum of gorgeous shades and also in a lighter weight.
  • Malabrigo Rasta– Wonderfully chunky and soft in incredible color combinations. 100% Merino
  • Cascade Yarns 220 or 220 Superwash– Comes in tons of solid, heather or variegated colors and different weights. Good stitch definition, very affordable and great yardage! 100% Peruvian Highland Wool or 100% Superwash Wool
  • Classic Elite Cotton Bam Boo– A unique and super soft blend of cotton and bamboo in DK weight. The yarn has a gorgeous sheen. The drape and vibrant colors (in solid and variegated) are wonderful, too.
  • Cascade Yarns Sierra– My favorite Cotton/Wool combination in Worsted weight for Spring/Summer knits. Good stitch definition and drape with just a bit of elasticity. It comes in variety of solid and variegated shades and is fairly durable . 80% Pima Cotton/20% Wool
  • Malabrigo Worsted– Lovely and soft worsted merino in amazing color pallette of solids, kettle dyed and variegated. A great and more affordable choice than Rasta with good yardage. 100% Merino

RESOURCE: Knitting Techniques/Finishings

For techniques to use in Short Row Shaping, Picking Up Stitches, etc.:

TUTORIAL: Afterthought Picot Edging (Last Minute Picot Edging)

Also used in Fields of Spring Cardigan, Creative Knitting Magazine, March 2012

Step by step photo description of this technique:



# of skeins needed: 2

Fields of Spring Cardigan

Typo regarding number of stitches to pick up.

-Follow pattern up to the paragraph starting with “Beg at right front edge with B.” under “Join Sleeves & Lower Body” (page 8)6.  Replace number of stitches picked up for the right front as follows:

“… and 14 (15, 17, 19, 20) sts between 4th marker and left front edge – 159 (174, 184, 199, 204) sts.

Note: You are picking up stitches for the sleeves from the two sleeves you previously knitted and leaving the space between 1st and 2nd markers as well as between 3rd and 4th markers for armhole seam to be finished/joined to underarm of the lower body later.

-Follow pattern to end of “Row 1 and all WS Rows” under. “Shape Yoke”- Then:

Row 2 (dec): k1, k2tog, yo, k1, *[k2tog] twice, yo, k1, rep from * to last 5 sts, end k2, k2tog, yo, k1 – 129 (141, 149, 161, 165) sts.

Row 4: k4, *k2tog, yo, k2, rep from * to last st., end k1

Row 6: k3, *k2tog, yo, k2, rep from * to last 2 sts., end k2

Row 8 (dec): *k2, k2tog, rep from * to last st., end k1 – 97 (106, 112, 121, 124) sts.

Row 10 (dec): *k1, k2tog, rep from * to last st., end k1 – 65 (71, 75, 81, 83) sts.

Row 12 (dec): *k4, k2tog, rep from * to last 5 (5, 3, 3, 5) sts., end k5 (5, 3, 3, 5) – 55 (60, 63, 68, 70)


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