It seems to me that interesting sweater construction is very much a trend in modern knitwear design. I'm grateful for this, as knitting the same sweater recipe with different numbers over and over can get a little dull. The Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu is anything but boring, and has a new-to-me construction that provided a fun challenge.
The whole point of Hitofude is that you can knit the entire thing without breaking your yarn. It begins as a rectangle, morphs into a shrug, gains a border, and then grows a gorgeous flared skirt, all while maintaining a simple but gorgeous lace pattern. It's a pattern that requires a little trust on the knitter's part, but pays off with a lovely reward that is part sweater, part shrug and part shawl.
I used Swans Island Merino Fingering in the Beetroot colourway. I couldn't have asked for a softer, lighter yarn or a better match for the garment. The yardage required by the pattern is quite low, while the yardage provided by the yarn is surprisingly high. I had three skeins, and despite making a sweater that comfortably fits about a 2X, I have the better part of one left over.
I'll be the first to admit the style of the sweater doesn't make me look thinner. If that's a concern for you, take it into account. It's very drapey and looks its best on a more willowy figure. It is, however, a gorgeous item of clothing, and I'm going to wear what I want, regardless of whether it makes me look like I've lost five pounds.
My only complaint about the whole process is that the yarn, which is naturally dyed organic Merino wool, bleeds like a stuck (blue) pig. It's indigo based, and unfortunately indigo is a dye that comes off on your hands and needles as you work. This is just a part of the nature of indigo, and no fault of the dyer, but it's distracting and irritating all the same. I did some research on indigo to see if I could reduce the mess, and the short answer is no. If you want to hear more of what I learned, check out episode four of my podcast, towards the end of the recording.
Isn't it a pretty thing? I love this whole outfit, actually. The shoes, which I bought a week ago for a whole $19 at Target, are the first purely pretty sandals I've owned in years and years. I feel like there need to be more pretty shoes in my future. And possibly a pedicure of some sort - my feet look grumpy.
While I was taking outfit pictures I also grabbed a shot of our lilac tree. Isn't it a beauty? It doesn't have the same distinctive scent as a purple lilac, but it's lovely all the same. Thank goodness for spring.