This is my newest cardigan, and I love it!
Pattern: Whisper Cardigan by Hannah Fettig, from Interweave Knits 2009
Yarn: Newton's Yarn Country Cashmere
Needles: US 7, US 4, and US 2
Time to Knit: April 20 (ish?) - May 5
Modifications: Um, none. That's kind of weird for me.
A few years ago, I accidentally won a blog contest and acquired a cone of hot pink laceweight yarn. It's cashmere and soft, but I wasn't sure what to do with it. I'm not very into lace or shawls, and I didn't think that if I did want to knit a lace shawl, I would want it to be hot pink! I'm happy to see that there are a lot of laceweight sweater patterns now available, because laceweight sweaters are so very nice.
The pattern is mainly knit on size US 7 needles. The US 4's are used for ribbing, and the US 2's are used for only 3 rows to create a gather across the back. I think some people are intimidated by this pattern because they see laceweight and they assume it's mostly on size 2s. It's not, and the knitting is airy and quick!
You can read a little more about the construction of the sweater here. One thing I didn't realize before I knit the sweater was the bottom front kind of wings out with increases every other row. I wasn't a big fan of this detail before the sweater was blocked, but now I kind of like how the sweater curls up at the sides. I wonder if the front was knit straight (without the increases) if the sweater would curl up towards the back instead of having a small curl right at the side.
I wore this sweater today with a skirt in 70-degree weather, and it wasn't too hot. I love how lightweight it is, and the drape makes it feel pretty and fancy.
I love this sweater! If you've thought about making one, I hope this post pushes you over the edge.