After eyeing Justyna Lorkowska's pattern for a couple years, I decided it was about flauming time to make myself a Flaum. I love the cropped silhouette, the clean lines of the fisherman's rib paired with 1x1 rib, the little pockets, the boxy shape—I needed it in my wardrobe.
Pattern: Flaum by Justyna Lorkowska
Yarn: Heirloom Romney, 6 skeins in Gourd
Adjustments: Lengthened the sleeve 1.5"
Do you want to hear something crazy? I've knit a million things with our Heirloom Romney yarn, but, until now I have not made myself a sweater with our Heirloom! What?! I'm obsessed with one of our newest Heirloom colors: Gourd. I just can't get enough of this color in my life, so a Gourd Flaum it is.
The design of this pattern is simply lovely. I really enjoyed the way it is constructed. As I got a few inches into the fisherman's rib though, I realized even on worsted weight yarn it was going to be a long haul. Still, the knitting is easy-peasy, so it's a great project for craft nights and road trips.
As I was knitting the sleeves, I tried on my Flaum. I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how I felt about it at this point. I was worried it was too bulky and too cropped, but it was hard to tell with needles in the arms and yarn tails hanging off. With so much knitting time invested in this garment, I carried on. I was back to 1x1 rib on the sleeves, so things were going faster and finishing my Flaum seemed a much easier choice than ripping it out.
Once finished, I was very pleasantly surprised with my new cardigan. I absolutely love its bulky, boxy, cropped little self. The length looks cute over dresses and tops, adding lots of warmth while not overwhelming the silhouette. It's a great sweater for spring. When the temperature drops it is easy to throw on over a tank and jeans, or a short sleeve dress, and I'm instantly cozy.
The only change I made was to suit my long arms. I added a little length to the sleeves, which meant I needed just a teensy bit from the 6th skein of Heirloom. Perhaps a Gourd hat is in my future?