Weather-wise, it’s been a weird summer so far. In a house in the woods with no a/c, I’ve usually got my trusty Vornado fans running marathons by now. But this year I’ve been just as likely to be rummaging the closet shelves for a sweater.
Luckily, I can rely on my Mood Cardigan. It’s the perfect light layer to grab when a thunderstorm rolls through, also good for looking cute and on-brand (my brand is “You’ll Never Guess: I’m A Knitter”) on the zoom calls.
Recently we took a wander through the internet to see how other knitters were faring with this classic pattern by Jeanette Sloan from MDK Field Guide No. 15: Open.
Whoa. So many good ones, and in so many yarns! I am starting to feel like the Mood Cardigan is the universal donor project for yarns from laceweight (doubled) to fingering weight (held single) to sportweight (we saw a great one in Nua Sport, for example). My friend Anita Levine (the Knitting Machine) even made a Mood Cardigan using doubled Neighborhood Fiber Company’s Rustic Fingering. This is an easy mistake/modification, since the pattern is written for a double strand of laceweight), and it turned out so flufftastic and great that I think I’ll double Rustic Fingering for my next Mood!
Let’s see what’s out there, shall we?
The Many Moods of Mood
Rachael’s, which she says is getting a lot of wear this summer. The yarn: Bare Naked Wools. Special thanks to Rachel for modeling it worn both ways: rib-up (left), and rib-down (center and right).
Kathryn’s. The yarn: Gleem Lace in Burnished, held double.
Nancy’s. Above, the yarn is Gleem Lace in Plum Imps, held double. Nancy’s an overachiever: she also did the one below in a single strand of Rustic Fingering.
shade: Rock Creek Park
Barb’s. The yarn is a variety of “odd balls.” (Not that any of us have any of those around the house.)
Robin’s, shown both ways also, thank you! The yarn: Gleem Lace held double.
Kay’s. (kay club fist bump!) The yarn: Helix held double.
Packing Your Bags?
Here’s a tip for nothing. If you’re looking for a great piece of travel knitting, consider the Mood Cardigan. The genius of this design is that Jeanette Sloan has created a draping cardigan out of two rectangles. The simple lace pattern is easily memorized, and there’s no shaping. And it takes surprisingly few skeins of yarn. We can think of no better project to tote on a trip, and it’ll be a quick finish once you get it home.