My "main" knitting project at the moment is the Lauren cardigan from Kim Hargreaves' book Precious. I love all Kim's books, but this is one of my more favorite collections. I've already knit 3 patterns from this book; this will be my fourth, and I've got a few more in my queue!
Lauren is a raglan batwing-sleeved cardigan with very fitted waist and round neck. Here are some pictures from the book:
(Note how great it looks with a pencil skirt!)
I'm making mine in RYC Cashsoft 4 Ply - one of my very favorite yarns to knit with - in a deep brown shade called Bark. And we already know that deep brown looks great with eau de nil.
I started this sweater exactly a month ago today. I've already finished the back and most of the first front. I chose to make the XS size because I think a small frame like mine can easily get overwhelmed in this type of garment. I hope it works out! It seems a little on the small side right now, but I have a very hard time gauging a finished size from the pieces.
I really love the texture stitch this pattern uses. Kim has used this texture on two other sweaters I've knit: Livi and Carrie. It's fun and interesting without being overly demanding.
|(Yes, this piece has been blocked!)|
Another detail Kim often incorporates is a "ridge stitch," used at the front edges of a cardigan to emulate ribbing. It's brilliant, because while it looks like a 2x2 rib you'd pick up along the front edge, it's knit right along with the rest of the piece! Easy peasy!
Design elements like these and classic, timeless styles are what make Kim my very favorite knitwear designer.
There's a chance I may not have this finished in time to wear it yet this winter, but I'm glad I've started it. It's been in my queue for a few years and the yarn has been in my stash for even longer! And believe it or not, tiny yarn and needles are the most comfortable for me to work with, so this project gives me a nice, cozy feeling.