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Jaime Wins With A Cardigan

Pattern: Field Day Cardigan by Hailey Smedley of Ozetta Knitwear 
Yarn: Woolfolk Stra in Color S4 (7 skeins)
Buttons: Recycled Poly 25mm in Putty 
Size: Small (42" finished bust - worn with 8" positive ease)
Modifications: none
I'm not sure what my deal with cardigans is, but this is only my third time to make one in over 20 years of knitting. This one may have inspired me though. I think I like it! 
What drew me to this design was that it was knit in a yarn that I have been dying to work up - Woolfolk Stra. My love for Woolfolk is based on their ethos. They are one of the most sustainable yarn companies out there and I was so excited when they released this 50/50 blend of Ultimate Merino and Linen in 2020. I love the tweedy look of a linen/wool blend - combine that with the ultra-soft and regenerative Ultimate Merino wool and this yarn is pure magic. The chainette construction makes for a hardy yarn that will wear well without sacrificing any softness. The finished fabric for this cardigan is every bit as dreamy as I had hoped. It will be the perfect transition season cardigan for spring or fall (or a 55 degree January day).
This cardigan was knit in one piece (button bands and all!) with the sleeves added on after completing the body. The construction was both interesting to knit and at times, genius! I really had to let go of my expectations and trust the designer. After some short rows and grafting, the piece really started to come together.
What's the best thing about knitting cardigans? Picking buttons! I was happy to use our new environmentally-friendly recycled poly buttons for this. This project gets an "A" in eco-friendly!

Overall, I'm super excited about my new cardigan. I'll probably go back to pullovers now, but this is the perfect functional piece to add to my wardrobe. 

Comments on this post (1)

  • Mar 24, 2022

    What a gorgeous cardi!! And you can feel good about it in every way — I love hearing about good companies with good values!

    — Leanna

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