minimalist cardigan

minimalist back blocking


(Edited to add late-night rambling commentary. Enjoy.)

minimalist back completed

The color on this picture (on my screen, anyway) is a bit closer to the real KP Main Line “ink” color as I perceive it in real life. Maybe a little too green… I had this indirectly under a desk lamp. Imagine the real color as something between the color in this photo and the darker and more true-black color from the pictures I took in this earlier post.

CPH back completed

This CPH back has been done for a while, but as you can see it’s still all curled in its cables and stockinette. Upon handling the two large back pieces I think I should have probably done a CPH in Main Line/Cascade Sierra (have never actually used Sierra, but similar fiber content and occasionally cheaper by the yard?) and the Minimalist Cardigan in 220. I expected a little bit of extra stiffness in the Main Line and while I’m still feeling good about the Minimalist, I feel like my CPH is a little thin and will be even thinner once blocked. Still, I’m enjoying both projects (should just have confidence in first properly done swatches) and after all, if I have the patience and money (and I’ll at least have money if/when I do a yarn switch for second attempts at these cardigans, considering the very distant projected finish dates for both of these plus my resolution to not buy any more yarn until I’ve actually finished something) these are not at all bad pieces to own multiples of.

Left front for CPH is almost done; just cast on for Minimalist left front on Friday but am already several inches in due to huge weekend reading assignments. Progress!

minimalist back

So here is yet another work in progress. Probably the easiest (most mindless?) project going on right now–even the Central Park Hoodie requires counting rows once in a while to get the cables right, but this type of endless, endless moss stitch is easily done while watching TV/catching up on reading for 3 criminal justice lectures, oops/helplessly cramming for theory and music history :x

The pattern is from the Fall 2007 issue of Interweave. The yarn is Knit Picks Main Line, which is a nice 75% cotton 25% merino blend. It’s kind of thick-feeling, but overall the texture is smooth and makes a nice fabric. So far there seems to be pretty good drape, so I’m happy. Hopefully Main Line will come in more colors in the future, though; I haven’t been thrilled with what I’ve been picking lately; this is in “ink” which unfortunately is not “jet-black” ink but rather “gone through the wash many times” ink… I’m torn between disliking it and appreciating that the finished product will look comfortably worn-in.

Still, for this kind of non-form-fitting garment the yarn works quite effectively and most of my black pants are already this color anyway… and moss stitch looks awesome.

moss stitch

By the way, I finished the back of the CPH and am almost done with the front–just 2 more inches of the arm hole shaping I think and then the neck. So that’s slowly progressing… blocking is also difficult since the sinks are tiny at school and so I have to do my piece soaking/washing in the shower… damn. So I either need to overcome the awkwardness of walking out of a dormitory shower with a bucket of wet knitted things or I need to ask someone who lives in a house/apartment a favor. More posts with WIPs coming up!