Elizabeth Street

Knit: Bellows Cardigan

MakingLiz Tubman2 Comments

My second knitting project and first sweater of the year is off the needles!  I've barely stopped wearing my cozy Bellows cardigan since I finished it:

I'm really happy with how this sweater turned out.  This was the first time I did a fully seamed, adult sized sweater, and it came together really fast.  The pattern calls for 2 strands of Brooklyn Tweed Loft held together, but that meant spending a small fortune on yarn which just wasn't in the budget.  Instead, I used Cascade Eco held single.  I was pleasantly surprised how this yarn knit up; it's soft, lofty and warm without being overly heavy.  

Since I was only using one stand of yarn instead of the two that the pattern was written for, my gauge was smaller than the pattern as well.  I went up two sizes based on my measurements to compensate, but I still ended up with a pretty fitted sweater.  It's actually too fitted to wear comfortably buttoned up, but honestly,  I wear it unbuttoned all of the time anyway.  I bought the leather knot buttons from my LYS and they're just perfect.  My favorite thing about this cardigan are the cables on the arms!

The pattern was really well written and explained; the short row technique and one row buttonholes were new to me and after reading through the instructions a couple times they worked out just fine. 

Pattern: Bellows by Michele Wang for Brooklyn Tweed

Yarn: Cascade Eco+ in Antique

Size: 43 1/4