Pattern: Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum, from IK Fall 2007
Yarn: Adrienne Vitadini Marissa in colorway 705
Needles: US 4 Addi Turbos
Began: April 10, 2010; Completed: August 26, 2010 (Raveled here.) (Note: I finished all but 1/2 a sleeve and the seaming before our move, then picked it back up last week to finish it off. It’s actually a very quick knit.)
Notes: As you know, I’ve been trying to knit from the stash as much as possible lately. Though this might sound like a drag, I’ve actually been enjoying it: it’s a real pleasure to discover a yarn that I bought years ago and give it some new life. I still have a lot of yarns that I bought rather early in my knitting career, and it’s been a fun challenge to find a place to use them (especially when they’re yarns I wouldn’t necessarily buy today).
Marissa is one of those yarns. It’s a lovely silk/cotton blend worsted weight, and in that regard there’s nothing wrong with it. The main issues are that, since buying it, I’ve realized I’m not much of a “summer knits” gal, and that I bought it in peach. Though the color is lovely, I still to this day don’t know what possessed me to buy it in sweater quantity. It’s definitely not my color. I think I was overwhelmed by the sale I was attending, and was completely seduced by the clearance price.
I really wanted to knit myself a spring/summer cardigan for summer teaching: classrooms are often absolutely frigid, and my summer tops sometimes necessitate covering up both for warmth and for professionalism’s sake. I couldn’t find a summer pattern that would work with the quanitity of yarn I had, and so I decided to take a gamble and knit a Minimalist Cardigan, a pattern I’d been eyeing for years, with shorter sleeves. I only had 992 yards, so the shortening was a necessity.
This gamble paid off in some ways, but not in others. The good: the yarn was lovely to knit with and has a fabulous drape, making the finished cardigan soft, with a touch of shimmer, and quite flowy. The bad: this color is basically the color of my pale, 100 spf-wearing skin, so it’s not really doing me any favors. Also, I just knit the sleeves trying to use up as much yarn as possible, rather than shortening them outright, which was a Bad Move. They end just at my elbow, which means that, while they cover my upper arm chub, they’re the same color as my skin and blouse in a way as to add to the appearance of upper arm chub. Le sigh.
So there you have it: a stash-busting gamble with mixed results. I’ve worn the sweater and gotten compliments, so some like it, though I’m not really in love. It will definitely get worn a lot as our summer transitions into fall. (It’s got to transition, right? We can’t have 90 degree temps until Christmas, can we? CAN WE?!).
As for styling, I wasn’t sure what color to pair with peach. Then I thought of one of my stylish friends, who wears peach every day.
In the fall, I can see this with a snug 3/4 length tee underneath, and a pin at the neck or the bust where I overlap the collar, or over a button down with a belt at the waist. We’ll see!