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Finished Object Friday

Heather Best | 10 February, 2023

            Finished Object Friday

the front right side of a soft blue hand knit sweater is hanging on a mannequin over a white button down shirt with gold dots

Pattern: Snow Fern Cardigan by Kalurah Hudson available on Ravelry
The pattern is also available in the book Cozy Cables by Kalurah
Yarn: Sew Happy Jane Scrumptious Bulky in the colorway Sky

You can find this yarn seasonally on my website (usually November/December).

I finished a sweater! This may sound like a pretty average accomplishment for many knitters, but for me, it's notable. This was a completely spontaneous cast on, and I loved the process from start to finish. I haven't been able to commit to a sweater for quite some time, and here's why I think it was a successful and enjoyable project for me.

1. I adore botanical inspired textures and colors. When I saw this fern inspired cable I immediately fell in love. The long and tapered patterning of this design is so flattering and looks far more complicated than it really is to knit. 

2. I've always wanted a soft blue cardigan. I dye up a "Scrumptious Bulky" update in November each year to list on my website. This year every skein sold out except this batch of Sky. Once I had packed up my orders and saw it sitting there in the basket I knew it was meant for me. It's the perfect match for this pattern. 

3. When I feel really inspired by something I don't need to wait to cast on just because I'm working on other things. I'm all done making silly knitting rules for myself. I'll knit what sparks joy in the moment and everything else can wait. 

a sky blue hand knit cardigan with fern shaped cables in three vertical rows hangs on a mannequin

I made one modification to the original pattern by knitting a shawl collar instead of a traditional collar + separate front bands. This was an easy modification to make in my size because there are only two stitches for the front lapels when you cast on, which made it easy to pick up and knit the shawl collar without making any other changes. Larger sizes may need additional modifications to make this work.

a long, hand knit cardigan with cables in the shape of fern leaves hangs on a mannequin near a spruce tree.

I love the length of the cardigan, and have already been enjoying wearing it with leggings and skinny jeans. It's perfect for feeling a little bit dressed up, but still very comfortable and cozy. I recommend this project for anyone who is comfortable knitting basic cables.