FO: My New Favorite Cardigan

I realized the other day that I haven’t knit too many cardigans for myself. I think the only one, prior to this, was my February Lady Sweater, and there’s the one I knit for my mom, and now there’s my Larch! And I love it. Love love love it.

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I kind of sucked at getting full-length shots, but that doesn’t mean I love it any less!

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Delicious accidental bokeh! Thank god for tripods and the self timer feature on my camera. As I’ve mentioned here before, I added a bit of length to my cardigan—working for one more inch before beginning my decreases, and then spacing out the decreases by an additional two rows in each section, for an overall body length of about 17″ before binding off for the neck shaping. I worked the sleeves a bit longer, too, aiming for 20″ instead of the 19″ listed in the pattern, and for the first time ever, I believe, I have sleeves on a cardigan that are just right. With my arms at my side, my sleeves hit at the base of my thumb, which is my preferred sleeve length, and this makes me stupidly happy.

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I especially love the collar, even if all of the twisted stitches did lead to some wrist discomfort. The collar is soft and squishy and looks perfect whether I button the cardigan or leave it open. Plus, I can imagine wearing the collar “popped” on especially cold days. Thankfully the weather lately has been nice—in the 60s yesterday!—so I’ve been able to wear the cardigan as my outer layer and show it off to the world. I wore it to my volunteer shift on Sunday and then again yesterday, and I’m having trouble not working it into all of my outfits this week. There is snow in the forecast for tomorrow, so maybe not then.

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For buttons, I picked up these adorable little wooden flowers at Fancy Tiger a few weeks ago. I wanted something simple that would still stand out on the red backdrop, and these fit the bill beautifully.

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Pardon me, I’ll be busy living in my cardigan for the next few weeks.

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26 thoughts on “FO: My New Favorite Cardigan

    • Heh, technically it was just a little over a month, but that includes also working on Delancey at the same time. It IS soft and amazing! I love it! If we can get together in NYC at the end of this month, we could be Larch twins. :D

    • Thank you! Yeah, it’s hard to get a full body shot when your porch is about 5 ft long and you’re relying on your tripod and self-timer. ;)

  1. My god you’re adorable!!! I LURVE your new cardigan!!! The color is awesome. I so want to knit myself a cardigan soon. I do believe I’m having cardi envy ;) looks awesome. Nicely done!

    • Thank you Telma, you’re too sweet! I can’t believe I haven’t knit myself more cardigans, to be honest. Though I do have one currently on the needles and another planned for later this year. Guess I’m getting over that!

    • It really is so worth it! I love scrunching into the collar, it’s like a little pillow of delicious fabric. :D

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  3. Looks great!
    And I totally get what you mean about adding length. I have concluded that I really need a 21″ sleeve to be happy, and I prefer a 21-22″ body length (from neck) too. Which led to a lot of mods, and now forays into design.
    Great fun!

    • Thank you!
      Oh yes, every sweater now begins with looking at the schematic, measuring the suggested lengths against my actual body, and then going “nope, that just won’t work.” ;) I didn’t modify the length of my Delancey cardigan, because everyone complained about it being so long that Alexis reworked it with a shorter version. I started laughing when I saw “shorter version.” ;)

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