This week I’d like some help from readers! I’ve been hemming and hawing for months now over which garment I should knit once I regain sufficient concentration. I like to knit at least one garment a year for me. As part of the Stashdown group I won a pattern of my choice, courtesy of the lovely watermemory on ravelry. So now it’s time to choose and my indecisive post-thesis brain needs your help!
I’ve decided on the yarn at least, some lovely Drops Alpaca that I bought (as a birthday present from my parents) last year in the Yarn Cake in Glasgow while visiting Stew. It’s quite thin, about sock weight, but has a halo and knits like sport weight. It’s in a lovely dark aubergine purple.
I’ve been through the various options and decided on cardigan. Patterns with lots of lace and cables were ruled out as they don’t show up much in the alpaca. I then whittled down my favourites to the following three contenders:
This cardigan has been knit successfully with the same yarn. I think it’s both pretty and practical but I do have quite a few round-neck light cardigans already. A v-neck might be more practical in terms of my wardrobe. On the plus side it buttons up.
I’ve always wanted to try one of Mary Annarella’s designs as they have such wonderful shaping and construction. I would probably do a garter stitch border instead of the ruffles though, like this example by BunnyB:
Again this cardigan has been knit successfully with the Drops Alpaca. I’ve looked at knitting this cardigan several times before but I’ve always been put off by the wide boxy front panels and the short body. I’ve seen more tailored versions but I’m not sure I want to work it all out myself.
Have you knit any of these? Which do you think would best suit the yarn (and me)? Which should I knit?!?