I don’t know when I’ve had so much fun blasting through a project. The Main Squeeze Cardigan was a pleasure to knit, from start to finish.
There is something liberating about big ol’ stitches. They behave nicely, whether you are picking up stitches for the bands, closing up the underarms with 6 quick Kitchener stitches, or sewing on the pockets in 3 minutes flat. Big stitches don’t mess around. They get the job done.
I knit this sweater, and completed all of its finishing touches, in under 25 hours. No kidding.
So, It Was Fast, But…
How did it turn out?
Just great. That’s how it turned out.
Accessory: Belinda Wrap knitted by Mrs. Ann Shayne of Nashville, TN.
The whole time I was working on it, I had a nagging worry that it was going to be too small, despite also having a deep and abiding feeling that I had achieved gauge. (Translation: I didn’t actually swatch. I was going to knit this sweater, and I was not going down smaller than a size 11 needle.)
I was not prepared—I never am—for how much the fabric grew when I washed it. Winching it out of the sink, it was heavy as lead. By the time I had it laid out on a bath sheet on the floor, I was soaking wet.
Spread out on the bed, it looked huge.
It almost took longer to dry than it took to knit.
Nice and dry now, the fit is perfect.
So: don’t worry if yours looks too small on the needles. If you’re knitting the right size, and you’re getting gauge—ish—it’s going to be a nice easeful fit.
The key thing here: pockets. Pockets pockets pockets. Each pocket took 21 minutes to knit. Followed by a few pleasant minutes to sew them on, thanks to this helpful video from designer Jen Geigley.
I told you it was going to look just like this on me.
In the MDK Shop
The Sexy Cardigan Trend
For styling my new cardigan/coatigan, I am grateful to MDK reader Suzzanne for sending me Katie Holmes’s tips. The kids are going to love Ma’s new matching bra & cardigan set. I’m also thinking of wearing a jean jacket (or two) under it, with a white t-shirt and some out-of-season summer slides. Katie’s got it going on.
My heartfelt thanks to Jen Geigley for designing the Main Squeeze Cardigan and giving me this magnificent romp of a back-to-school knitting project.
Sweater Weather: I’m ready for you.