I hope you're staying home and staying safe!
Alex and I have been continuing on our journey into experimental recipes (we just tried out vegetarian shepherds pie and some peanut butter stuffed chocolate chip bars, yum!) I've run out of puzzles to work on and have been deep diving into my coloring books. Alex has been hosting 1 or 2 Dungeons & Dragons online games a week! We're doing what we can to stay busy and keep sane while spending an unheard of amount of time at home. Luckily I've got a giant yarn stash to keep me busy. Speaking of...
My Little Wave Cardigan is finished! Well, almost finished. We still want to dye this guy a dark blue or green color and add some wooden buttons.
The pattern is Little Wave Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston. It's a bottom up cardigan with attached pockets, saddle shoulders and a rolled shawl collar. I made this sweater for my partner Alex out of undyed Knit Picks Capra DK.
The sweater is written for a worsted weight yarn so I ended up going up a pattern size and down two needle sizes to get the right size and yarn density. I aimed for a 41" chest width with 1-4" of positive ease. I made the 46" mens chest size on a size 6mm needle. With the smaller yarn and needles it turned out to be perfectly 44&1/4" across the chest.
The only other alteration I made was shortening the sleeves to lose the rolled cuff.
I'm very happy with how this guy turned out. I have to admit, I am super nervous about dyeing this project myself since I'm not exactly the most experienced dyer in the world. I've got my dye pots, citric acid and PH balance strips at the ready. I'm just wishing I had more confidence!
Let me know below how you've been keeping yourself busy during quarantimes. And feel free to share any tips, tricks or resources you have for dyeing large, precious garments by hand!
I'll be back soon with a new sweater project, some crocheted kitchen goodies and a fresh new commission.
Thanks for reading!
AFA was launched in 2015 as a craft and lifestyle blog. It has since morphed into a full time knitting blog! Here you'll find pattern and yarn reviews as well as a smattering of recipes and original patterns.