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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

I wish you could buy a single pair of shoes in two different sizes. Come on left foot, why you gotta be so short?

I wish you could buy a single pair of shoes in two different sizes. Come on left foot, why you gotta be so short?

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.

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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.

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