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I LOVE Zuni!

I promised a blog post on my successful finished object, so here it is: The Zuni Cardigan!

Zuni Cardigan Knitting Pattern
A successful project! The Zuni Cardigan all done. The left side looks a little longer because I’m leaning to the left. The sides are the same length.

This beauty was technically finished last November, but the sleeve caps were giving me fits. I changed the pattern because of my crazy-short arms, and when I looked at the photos on the pattern, I though there were a couple of gathers at the top of the sleeve. I knit the sleeve caps with lots of stitches across the top so I could fold it into gathers, and it looked ridiculous.

So I did just one gather, and I liked that better. Looking more closely at the pattern, though, it didn’t call for gathers at all. But I was done, and mine has a gather! It’s cute, I think, although I really don’t need the extra bulk. But like I said, it’s done!

Mods I Made

  • Since I changed the sleeve length, and I got lazy, so I only did one colorwork section on the sleeves. What do you think?
  • Another modification I made was omitting the belt. I don’t look good in belted garments, so this is just an open front cardi. I can close it with a shawl pin, or add a snap later if I want to.
  • I made the back and fronts longer by adding a few rows to the cream sections between the colorwork rows.

In an earlier blog post, I detailed the progress of this project, so check that out for more info.

Yarn Love

zuniyarndetailI used Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted in Gold Spice, Charcoal Heather, and Oatmeal Heather, as shown at right. This yarn was great to work with, and it’s super economical. Love that!

I loved these colors when I saw them in the original pattern, so I decided not to mess with a good thing. Jesie Ostermiller knows of what she speaks.

I’m really happy with this sweater, and I’ve worn it a lot. The length is perfect, and although I thought I’d want a closure in the front, I enjoy wearing it open. It’s a warm sweater, so wearing it open helps with that.

I hope you’ll give this one a try.

Cheers,

1KCsig

 

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My Zuni Cardigan Knitting Adventure

I’ve been working on my Zuni Cardigan (get the pattern) on and off (mostly off) for almost two years. I vowed to finish it this winter, and I’m well on my way. Here’s what I’ve knit  so far:

I'm on my way with the Zuni Cardigan knitting pattern! Back done and almost one front, too.

That’s the back in its entirety and one almost complete front.

I made a few moderations, of course. I added more length by knitting four extra rows in each section between colorwork stripes, and I went up a needle size on the fronts.

I’m a tight colorwork knitter, so I wanted to go up a needle size (from 4s to 5s) for the stranded stripes on the fronts and sleeves anyway, but I decided that maybe the whole thing could be a little looser, which give me a tiny bit of extra length in the front.

The Zuni Cardigan knitting pattern. The right piece is knitted on 5s and the left on 4s.

Here’s a closeup of what the back and front side-by-side. I think that gauges are close enough, and since I’m doing the same number of rows, I’ll be able to match everything up perfectly.

Normally, I add short-rows in the front of sweaters to make room for the boobs and belly, but I couldn’t do that with this sweater because it would look . . . weird. I’d end up with larger stripes of cream in the front, and I don’t think I’d like that. So hopefully, the larger needles will help. But since I added length throughout, I’m not too worried. And this is meant to be an outer layer, after all.

Yarn used in my Zuni Cardigan knitting patternI’m using Universal Yarns Deluxe Worsted in Gold Spice, Charcoal Heather, and Oatmeal Heather, as shown at right.

I rarely use the yarn colors shown in the sample sweater, but this time I just had to! Jesie Ostermiller’s color choices are so right on. I looked and looked at other combos, finally deciding not to reinvent the wheel. These three colors just work.

What’s funny is that I’ve gotten so many compliments on the color combination, with people complimenting me on my ability to choose colors that contrast so well. I can’t take the credit, but I can enjoy the fact that people like the sweater I’m knitting!

I’m working on a bobble row right now, and I know from questions I’ve gotten on Knitting Daily, many people don’t like bobbles! But as it turns out, this is because they don’t know how to knit them. So here’s a quick video showing how these tiny little bobbles are worked.

I hope this helps you, bobble-makers!

Cheers,

1KCsig

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