I Made It with Atlas: Louise Cardigan
I have a big honking crush on Atlas. We might be seeing each other on the regular from here on. Merlot is my dreamy dark purple, not too red, heading toward a velvet chocolate brown if you’re spending time in dark corners. It arrived looking even better than its profile picture.
Choosing a pattern.
I both savor and overthink choosing a new project. Should I commit? Will I be smitten? Will it be a keeper? I knew I wanted texture—to take advantage of the bouncy, springy, lofty qualities of the yarn.
I swooned over Hana by Junko Okomato, the prima donna of textured pullovers. But its multiple sections of changing cables would need undivided attention that I couldn’t offer in fall ’22. For a day or so I revisited a past love—the stylishly simple Felix pullover. A strand of Kidsilk Haze held with Atlas would be perfection here. It’s not textured though, so I put Felix thoughts aside until winter.
What was I missing in my handknit wardrobe? A cropped cardi! One late night online swiping through Ravelry patterns led me first to Ozetta’s Atlas-perfect designs, then down the bobble path where I found the one: Louise Cardigan by Lisa Woolridge. Though the pattern’s photo sample is oversized, I could envision the cropped silhouette I wanted. The pattern is well written; it’s a simple top-down raglan, no seams, easy to understand and modify.
Easy to gauge when the length is just right. Ta da!
Photo by Yliana Tibitoski
- Pointy metal needles were ideal for my combination knitting flow and for working bobbles.
- You’ll want to teach yourself to purl backward. Bobbles are not fun if you are turning the work around. And around. And then around again, flopping that all-one-piece, no seams sweater project. Purling back without turning the work is a magic power. Plus it’s good for your brain.
- I can get gauge and measure myself all I want (which is not much) and still end up with a sweater that’s Not Quite The Fit I Had in Mind. Using an existing sweater that’s just right as a template is the key. I place my WIP on it flat for checking progress on body length, width and sleeve length whenever I modify a pattern.
- Manicure in a nail polish that brings joy when held next to the Atlas yarn on the needles. I am not joking. This made me happy every day. It’s the little things, my friends!
Make It with Atlas
- Louise Cardigan by Lisa Woolridge
- MDK Atlas in your shade of choice. I used 6 skeins of Merlot for my size 3, cropped cardigan. I planned for 5″ ease.
- I used Size US 6 (4 mm) circular needles and DPNs, and the blocked gauge is 4.5 st per inch (2.5 cm) measured over stockinette.
- Optional: TKB Cords by The Knitting Barber were helpful holding stitches when I tried on the WIP to assess the length—for once my cropped sweater really is exactly the length I meant it to be.