Bashful Knitting

I'm kinda embarrassed. I really am.  I think it's because I sometimes like to fly under the radar and don't like people to know all of my business.  I like the element of privacy or just perhaps aloofness?  I don't like being so predictable.  And yet I am a creature of habit and comfort.  When it comes to knitting I usually am a Open Book, I'll tell you ALL about it and let you examine everything.  This time, well I'm just a little shy to admit how this beautiful sweater came to be.

Summer Cardigan

In my grand defense I have just finished a wonderful and seemingly long Spring Break.  I had a little over 10 days off and had originally scheduled those days as the "painting, cleaning, packing, moving around" days.  Well, it seemed that mortgage companies don't go by any other schedule but their own and am still waiting for the final word. (homebuyers out there – ya feeling me on this craziness?)  So I went to Plan B and did the next best thing – I knitted.  

A lil something for me!

I have been loving all the long coated cardigans I've seen lately and decided to design one for myself.  I have been feeling the desire to design a sweater for a while now but have been a little too busy to really get it going.  Hats and scarves seemed so much easier to try and create – sweaters just intimidated me.  I did this one in a super easy peasy – no shaping – way and I am so thrilled with the result. 

I have always loved the Arrowhead Pullover pattern ever since I saw it on  Eunny's blog a few years ago (can you believe I am saying years ago? Dudes, it was in 06!)  and decided to incorporate that stitch pattern into the design of my cardigan.

Summer Sweater

Arrowhead is one of those deceivingly hard looking but ridiculously easy stitch patterns.  It really opened up after blocking, too.

Being that it was a summer sweater I naturally went for the summery yarn.  Cottons and I have a weird love/like relationship. I love the end result but sometimes I just don't like knitting with it.  It doesn't have any of the spring a wool does.  You can't "flow" with it and knitting takes that extra little oomph… well, I hadn't met Blue Sky Skinny Cotton yet.  I think that's pretty much all I want to knit with all summer long.  Skinny Cotton cardigans, pullovers, throw pillows… you name it.  Not to mention the array of colors are beautiful!

Summer Sweater

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Blue Sky Skinny Cotton, 6 balls
Needles: Addi Turbos, US7s

That little knit funk I was in?  Gone now.  Thanks to this lovely frock and have you seen Que Sera?  Hello, beautiful.

So what's the big deal you ask?  Why so embarrassed?? Well, um, what would you say if I told you I casted-on on a Friday and it finished blocking on a Wednesday?

Yeeeaaaa, I kno.


39 thoughts on “Bashful Knitting

  1. Kelly says:

    Great fit! I love it! I feel exactly the same about cotton. Cotton is the reason I didn’t stick with knitting as a teen.
    I love Que Sera too! I am definitely going to be knitting that very soon!


  2. Illanna says:

    Your sweater is awesome!!! Great color, and I’m not one bit surprised that it took you like 2 hours to knit- you’re pro! Are you moving to Bergen County?


  3. Brenna says:

    Aboslutely stunning!!!! I love everything about it. Perfect for spring/summer. Are you going to write up the pattern? I really need a redic cute summer cardi πŸ™‚


  4. Julie says:

    Absolutely love your new sweater! Congrats on the design, I know a lot of people (including me!) would love to knit it- looks like the perfect layering piece.


  5. Erin says:

    WOW. It is just beautiful. You really have a great eye. Love it!
    Also, thanks for the heads up on that yarn. I am always looking for cotton that is tolerable to knit with.


  6. Elspeth says:

    Hello, i was just browsing your blog and saw some beautiful things that you have knitted. There are 2 in particular that I love but can’t find on the internet. Would you be willing to divulge where you got the patterns from? They are titled “septscarf” and “ciao bella”. Thanks


  7. Mindy says:

    So…It’s a couple years later. No pattern for us? I’d really love to try it, but am not experienced enough to attempt without a pattern 😦


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