May 22, 2017

F.O. Eventide Cardi by Hannah Fettig

I am a huge fan of Hannah Fettig and I have knit several of her patterns (Georgetown and Calligraphy Cardigan) with excellent results.  Her patterns are always easy to follow and the cardigans have become classic staples in my wardrobe.  I was delighted to hear that she published another collection in her newest book Texture.  I wanted to participate in Very Shannon's Tops, Tanks & Tees Knit-along, and after one look at the Eventide Cardi, decided I had to knit it for this KAL.

Pattern:  Eventide Cardi from the book Texture

Eventide Cardi:  open cardigan with a simple texture throughout

Designer:  Hannah Fettig
Eventide Cardi:  back piece in progress

Yarn:  String Theory Caper Sock 
80% merino/10%cashmere/10% nylon

String Theory Caper Sock

Skeins:  3.5 skeins

Colourway:  Kiwi

With any hand-dyed yarn it is a good idea to alternate skeins.  As I knit Eventide I alternated skeins for the front, back and sleeves but stuck to one skein for the ribbing around the collar.  I am a big fan of this is dyed beautifully and, with the cashmere content, feels extremely soft.  I didn't start the fourth skein until I got to the four inches of ribbing around the collar. Let me tell you how long four inches of ribbing takes...a loooong time!


:  3.00 mm for the ribbing and 3.5mm for the rest with my Signature Needles
Modifications:  I decided to knit this cardigan shorter than the pattern suggests.  This was easy to do, as I knit two less repeats of the back and fronts of the pattern. Hannah's patterns are well written and easy to follow.

Notes:  There is a certain amount of dedication needed to finish a fingering weight sweater.  I continuously put fingering weight cardigan patterns in my queue,  forgetting how much knitting is involved.  However, once they are done I find fingering weight sweaters get the most wear in my wardrobe.  

This sweater was knit in pieces.  I got the largest piece, the back, finished first and the sleeves last.  I am not great at seaming, but this pattern made the process that much easier.  All the pieces could be matched up, through the two rows of seed stitch, which made lining up all the pieces a cinch.  If you have been nervous about seaming a sweater, I think this would be the perfect pattern to start with.  

I knit the sleeves according to the pattern, hoping for 3/4 length, however after blocking they turned out a bit too long.  Overall, I am extremely happy with this cardigan.  I can see myself reaching for this cardigan a lot.

When seaming, the seed stitch lines up making seaming easier
If you haven't checked out Hannah Fettig's latest book, Texture, I highly recommend it. I definitely see myself knitting another cardigan from this collection.