Casted On: Sweet Simplicity Sweater

Photo by Sacia Ashe

I recently went to a handmade “garage sale” of sorts, where the makers of a local handmade shop in Roxbury were selling old supplies and books. I saw three large skeins of labeled purple yarn and had to snatch it up!

It was a sweater’s worth of yarn- and I had never worked with a purple nor a DK weight yarn before.

I knew if I just kept it in my stash I would never use it, so a few weeks after purchasing it I began the search for a pattern. At first, I considered just winging it, but because it is a discontinued yarn I wanted an exact match for my yardage so I decided to find a pattern. 

I decided on the Drops Sweet Simplicity cardigan. It’s very simple and easy, so it’s a really great project to bring to knitting group, the movies, and in the car. The pattern isn’t written in my favorite style, but it is definitely workable.

Photo by Sacia Ashe Photo by Sacia Ashe

I made a cute little bento style project bag and it holds my yarn cake perfectly! It holds up surprisingly well and prevents my purse from getting damaged.

Photo by Sacia Ashe Photo by Sacia Ashe

I have been working on it for the last two days when I had little free moments. It is going really quickly- I find stockinette to be a tad addictive! I just bought the master knitter program so I’m using this project to work on my tension a bit. I’m also trying to knit it without looking, which is going well.

I’m almost done the decreasing for the waist. It isn’t a full-length cardigan, and has short sleeves. I went ahead and just skipped the gauge swatch because of my lack of yarn…The back is turning out a tad bigger than expected but I have just about the right gauge. Oh well- if it doesn’t fit me, it’ll fit someone! 

Photo by Sacia Ashe Photo by Sacia Ashe

In other news, I just ordered the yarn for the first design I’m launching, and have swatched for the hat design I’m creating. I plan on launching 4 patterns for this winter. If you are interested in being a test knitter, you can sign up for the waitlist here.

As for the sweater construction, I forgot to add a slipped edge so the edges are going to be annoying to seam… my edge tension isn’t very nice.

If you have any tips for seaming with weird edges and improving edge tension, let me know in the comments below! 

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