Now that the Rivel cardigan is nearly finished–I installed the sleeves last night and just have the underarm seams to go–I’m looking for a cardigan to knit during this second year of my PhD (wouldn’t it be neat to end up with a sweater for each year? hopefully that would only be five sweaters. and a dissertation. and a degree).
I’m mostly over knitting sweaters for myself out of worsted weight yarn. I tend to end up disappointed with the gauge of the finished sweater, and I really have no need for a constant stream of finished sweaters at this point in my knitting career: it’s perfectly fine to take a long time knitting a sweater at a fine gauge. I also want this next cardigan to have enough detail to keep me interested but not be so complex that I can only work on it at home. And I’m thinking green, maybe kelly or emerald. Not sure why, but that’s how it is.
Here’s my pattern short list–all of them came from my preexisting Ravelry queue:
Audrey in Unst has been in my queue for ages, and I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long to cast on. It’s such a versatile design that it would look great with a lot of my outfits.
Madrigal is stunning in a way that would make me proud to answer “yes” to the question “did you make that?” Those lace panels are beautiful, and the plain back would make for great meeting/workshop/conference knitting.
Emelie is pretty and feminine in a way that isn’t too dressy. I could see myself wearing this cardigan pretty much every day after finishing it.
Wanda Nell might look like just another basic stockinette cardigan, but it’s got flattering shaping in all the right places. In retrospect, I wish I had used this pattern for my mustard cardigan (which may have been when the pattern found its way to my queue in the first place).
Braid Hills may be the odd pattern out on this list. I love the cable detailing, but it may be a little too fiddly for me at the moment, especially with my Sake socks on the needles. I’m also not sure about that portrait neckline–would it work on me or simply look too big?
Full disclosure: I’ve actually already picked up yarn to knit one of these patterns. My LYS was having a sale, I was already planning a new cardigan, and it seemed like a good move. But I’m curious: which cardigan would you knit next?