Saturday, July 21, 2012

Peppercorn cardigan


I have knitted a cardigan.
The pattern is Jo Sharp’s “Tweed Coat” available as a free downloadable pattern here and the yarn is Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in Peppercorn (col 425) which I bought during the 30% off closing down sale of their shop here (chokes back a sob).  The only change I made to the pattern was to shorten it by 25cm… I reckon this is a much more manageable and wearable length than that very very long version in the pattern.  Whilst I like super long cardis in theory, the reality is that they bottom out in no time at all, visually inflating one's be-hind to ginormous proportions.  How do I know this? because I used to live in a coupla longline cardi's in the 90's and I have the rear-view pictures to prove it...    not pretty hehehe  :D
This cardigan has had a tiny preview on this blog already, and I have been working on it for er, quaite a while?, approximately mumble months with just a short interlude for my holiday knitting project, the mustard cowl.  I am a slow knitter I think  :) since it is a very easy knit.  I left this cardigan half-finished at home while we were away, and knitted my cowl in the round using my aeroplane-OK-ed Denise set.
So, pretty cool, huh?  In a grandpa-cardi kind of a way, hehe.  I am particularly fond of the collar.  A distinctly grandpa-y feature I think.  It's OK, I am quite partial to looking like a nerd from time to time.  My default look, if you will  :)   



It has pockets.  Just saying.  In case you hadn't noticed this awesome little detail  :)

I only knitted 5 buttonholes and sewed on 5 buttons, because this is the number I had.  My Mum gave these to me, aren’t they sweet!  Thank you so much, Mum!  I could indeed pass for a big fat fluffy pussycat in this cardigan, for sure.

It's very warm.  Super warm.  Toasty as.  This cardigan is cos-ay.  I'm as snug as a bug in a ... cardigan  :D  
3C  minimums?  Bring it on.  
Yup, we have been having extremely cold mornings (for Perth) lately... probably because we have had almost no rain at all!  We have had about two short rainy spells since I finished my raincoat, so that has barely been christened yet.  It's bad, I'm telling you!  And those clear blue skies translate to cold cold mornings.  It gets nice and warm around mid morning with all the blazing sunshine, but the early hours have been freezing.  Don't get me wrong I am a big fan of sunshine, but we need the rain too!

Details:
Cardigan; Tweed Coat (shortened) in Jo Sharp Silkroad DK Tweed in colour Peppercorn (col 425)
Jeans; Au Bonheur PLH08002 in strawberry pink denim, details and my review of this pattern here
Tshirt; self-drafted, white cotton jersey, details here
Socks; not seen, but hand-knitted by me too!  :D
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes

spot the dog...

32 comments:

  1. So cute buttons! I like the color of yarn very much. You are not slow knitter! I am!%)) I knit warm-legs, pretty easy one, more then one year!%((((

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  2. That looks so cozy! That is a lot of knitting to get done in a year, you will get so much enjoyment out of it.

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  3. There is definitely nothing grandpa-y about those buttons or the sleek pockets! And it's a perfect pairing with those pants....almost makes me wish it wer sweater-cool weather here today. Almost. ;-)

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  4. Love the cardi, the pockets, the buttons and the fact that is so snuggly and warm, would be a very welcome to my trip next week :)
    Sienna does blend in well with the rocks, she is so relaxed.

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  5. Hand knitted cardigan trumps GAP hoodie (my usual frigid weather layering piece, unfortunately) any day in the well-dressed department, and I LOVE the buttons.

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  6. What a great cardi! Exactly what I could use right now; super toasty warm. Haven't the mornings been cold?!

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  7. Such a lovely warm cardigan, I love this yarn, and the pattern is classic and looks great.

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  8. Gorgeous cardi and thanks for the tips on airplane knitting.

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  9. Oh no! Your Jo Sharp store is closing? How will you live?!? I'm sorry we may see less of your wonderful knitting (love the grandpa cardi).
    Love the dog pic..

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  10. Yeah, cardigan love! There's so many knitting patterns that I love except for the fact that they end too low on the hips. I regularly add inches to knitting but some reason it never occurred to me to just make those other patterns shorter!! I'm silly. :)

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  11. That is a nice cozy looking cardigan. 3 deg...I didn't realise Perth got that cold. We had -3 deg this morning and it took more than a cardigan to stay warm on the rugby field at 9.30 this morning, try a down jacket and gloves but I did stop short of a beanie because the sun was out and threatening to warm up and my coffee to go was doing it's job nicely!

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  12. Your knitting is always inspiring to me. Everything always looks...perfect! This is just the sort of thing that I could imagine wear and wearing. It's cosy, matches everything, and has pockets!

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  13. There's nothing wrong with the Grandpalook if yoy ask me, great cardi to wear with just about everything

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  14. You are prolific as well as fabulously stylish AND talented. Howdo you find the time to create all these lovely things?

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  15. That is a beautiful cardigan and what fun buttons.

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  16. What a beautiful, beautiful cardigan (and sooo practical)! The buttons are absolutely adorable.

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  17. Great cardi, perfect buttons and your dog in the first photo, he knows he is a star!

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  18. Grandpa cardi? I think not. Classic, yes. Nerdy, nah. I love it paired with the coral pants/trousers.

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  19. Great buttons! Can't believe you can knit AND sew so beautifully. I would like to say 'No fair!' but I'm sure you must have put in hours and hours perfecting your skills, so of course it is fair.

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  20. Wow is there anything you can't do? great job on the cardi and not going the extra mile because those bum imprints are ugly.

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  21. Reading your knitting posts always remind me I have to learn to make that too! Your cardigan is so pretty and goes perfectly with your strawberry trousers! And the buttons are just lovely... there is not a very wide range of buttons from where to choose here!
    Just gorgeous!

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  22. This is such a lovely piece of work.

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  23. It's really wonderful. I have that same Jo Sharp book, and I never thought to shorten this coat! It's really a perfect option, especially when we don't have Silkroad DK in the stash ( Don't you just love Jo Sharp?) Anyway, it's really a nice cardi, Carolyn.

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  24. Nice job, Carolyn! Looks really comfy. :)

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  25. I have never seen a grandpa look that stylish or cute as a fluffy ( but definitely not fat ) cat.

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  26. Great cardi, I love the grandpa-y cosiness. :D And the kitty buttons. It looks like just exactly the right length to provide a warm bottom and still not look ginormous...

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  27. Muy bonita tu chaqueta, yo por ahora estoy aprendiendo a coser, y no me atrevo con el punto. Te ha quedado genial.
    Kisses

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  28. I see the dog!

    I love the cardigan - and I love high collars when its cold (a relic of growing up in Pennsylvania I think). I think it is lovely! No, you are not a slow knitter. Yours truly is a slow knitter .... :)

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  29. The beautiful dog, so noble! Your cardigan makes me want to climb up on some mystic rocks and let the wind blow me to bits while being curled in its warmth.

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  30. I love the chunky style of this cardigan. You have done a beautiful job of knitting it up. The buttons are truly the perfect finishing touch!

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  31. Lovely jumper, but cat buttons are amazing. They should sale it here as well! :D

    You sew and knit georgeus staff :)

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