The Half Linen Cardigan is finished. A super quick and addictive project. Here's a close up:
I had just enough yarn:
Probably less than 2 yards left... I probably could've seamed it with that yarn, but I still think the lustersheen worked out better. Wool/mohair/silk might have been more annoying to sew with.
So let's do the project stats:
Pattern: Half Linen to Gold from the XRX publication Jackets for Work and Play
Yarn: Brooks Fiber Farm Riata (a heavy worsted weight hand dyed wool/mohair/silk yarn... can't say enough about how lovely this yarn is!)
Problems with the pattern: none that I found. Pretty straight forward
Changes to the pattern: the only change was doing a single crochet row, then a reverse single crochet row for the neck and front openings to save yarn.
Overall Impressions: I'm very happy with how this turned out. The pattern stitch was easy to do and works well with the subtle hand dyed yarn. The fiber content gives it a lovely drape. It is very cropped, only about 18" long, making more of a bolero than a cardigan, so I won't get as much use out of it as I would like. I would absolutely knit it again, but I'll buy 3 skeins of the Riata and lengthen the body 4" or so.
Sadly, I won't be wearing it anytime soon. It's also fairly warm. It's going to be nice in the colder months and I think I'll be looking (or making) a dress to go with it.
Okay, off to