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FO: Old Penny Cardigan

Pattern: Old Penny Cardigan, from Vogue Knitting Fall 08 by Veronik Avery

Yarn: Valley Yarns Williamstown, 10 balls

Needles: US 5 and 3

Notes: For something started on impulse it’s turned out very well!  I added 1″ in length to the body, and I opted not to add any sort of closure (the pattern calls for snaps, but I will not wear a cardigan fully closed that way.)

There were quite a few errors in this pattern.  The fronts have several problems, which are noted on my Ravelry entry for this cardigan.  The instructions for picking up the stitches for the edging are also a little vague, and I’m not sure that the numbers add up, but I’m not certain enough to call it an error.

I loved working with this yarn – it was tweedy but soft, and the acrylic content gives it a nice stretch.  It was also pretty easy to seam with, a big deal for a soft tweed (usually I find I have to seam with an alternate yarn when knitting with tweeds.)  The upper sleeves are a little roomy, at least in comparison with the tightness of the lower sleeve, so I might revise this if making it again.  In fact, since it is a raglan, I might consider making the whole thing in one piece.

The pattern didn’t specify, but I used the larger needles for the edging.   The small ones would have pulled in too much.  In fact, I would tend to use the same needles for the whole thing – the sleeve ribbing doesn’t need to be that small.

I love the outcome of this pattern, and I’m certain I will wear this constantly during the winter (and I may need a new, non purple, shawl pin to go with it!

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40 thoughts on “FO: Old Penny Cardigan

  1. It’s so beautiful! I didn’t really care for this cardi, but now that I’ve seen yours I deffinately have to make it!

    This is the new CPH for sure! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous on you! I like it much better in your blog than how it’s photographed in the magazine the way you’ve styled it. It’s moved up my queue.

  3. It looks fantastic, and you look so pretty in the top pic!

    I have a question, do you see any reason why this couldn’t be knit in one piece from the top?

  4. Beautiful! That color is awesome on you. Loving the tweed. Since you have done elventybillion sweaters do you have seaming tips you would like to share?

  5. Just lovely. I really liked this pattern in the magazine, but I like it even more when I see it without a weird belt. Pretty!

  6. It is fabulous! …and you wear it so well! Looks like I’ll have yet another project to queue up in Ravelry!

    How DO you crank out so many projects anyway? I think you should definitely consider entering the competition for “World’s Fastest Knitter!”

    …and btw…thanks for your encouragement on painting. I’m on my second coat in the living room!

  7. I think this is one of my favorite FOs that you’ve made. The color is gorgeous, and the fit is very flattering. Sarah Jane is a cute kitty, by the way.

  8. Your photos are wonderful. The pattern and yarn combination turned out beautifully and your kitty was so well behaved. Mine would’ve been crawling down my back!!!!

  9. simply gorgeous! i love it.

    so glad I stumbled upon your blog as I never would of known about this cardigan. off to buy the magazine today.

    fab blog too. lovely photography.

  10. This sweater is so gorgeous! I clicked in from Laikabear’s blog and she is sooo right. The pattern is just so so in the magazine, but you totally rock it!

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