This is the Bandolier cardigan by Diane Zangl. Formerly a pay to own pattern designed for Bijou Basin Ranch to promote sales of their yarns, it’s now a free download. Although I would’ve liked to knit this with the recommended yarn, it was too expensive. Instead, I substituted Ella Rae’s basic worsted. I had to carefully consider the differences between the two yarns and how they might affect the outcome of my project. I wrote a post based on that study: getting the gauge right with my chosen yarn, and figuring out what size to knit the cardi in because of my yarn substitution. Although the math calculations said that I should knit a large, I ended up knitting a small (36) – I think that I had the math backwards on this one. To put it simply, since the yarn I used was thicker than the recommended yarn, it worked up much too large when I cast on for the size L, so much so that I thought the medium would also be too big, so I skipped that size and cast on for the small.
Here’s a link to my Ravelry project page.
I really like the crossover fronts of this design. That’s what attracted me to it in the first place. I also like the Western swag of it! For the photo shoot, I put on the Cowgirl hat that my daughter bought for me last year while I was in NY, and here’s how it looks:
While working on this cardi I learned a new technique for finishing a 2 x 2 ribbing. I was browsing on Ravelry and saw a project by Belgian knitter Feb 12. In it she mentions that she learned a new technique: tubular cast off. This got me to researching what she learned, and then what I could perhaps do to improve the look of the ribbing on my sweater. I’m familiar with (and a bit bored of) the flared effect that happens when casting off a ribbing in the traditional way. I found a video on You Tube that teaches a different cast off, which I decided to use because it eliminates the flare and makes a stretchier ribbing that lies flat with a more professional looking finish. I used this twisty cast off for all the ribbing on my sweater, except for the sleeves which aren’t cast off at the ribbing.
You may wonder why I’ve been doing only knitting this year so far, and not sewing. I’m planning on moving soon, and my hubby put some of our things in storage while I was away, notably my cutting table. I could put a tarp on the floor and cut the pieces like I did in NY, but I decided to just go the knitting route for a while instead! It’s compact and easy for me to manage during this time of transition. My next challenge will be summer knitting, which I’ve never tackled before, and I’m looking forward to it!