My Awesome Purple Cardi!

Every once in a while you make a sweater that just turns out awesome. The yarn is delicious, the pattern is cute and easy and the fit is perfect – knitting nirvana!

DD Ashland models my Moussaillon
DD Ashland models my Moussaillon

While on vacation last year, I wandered into Seattle Yarn in West Seattle and fell in love with a cute capped sleeve cardi they had made-up in the window. The pattern was Moussaillon by Cléonis (Little Cropped Cardigan) which I found examples of on Ravelry (my iPad is always so handy in these situations). I then zoomed in on the hand dyed yarns. I mean, a girl has to shop while on vacation, right?

My little purple card - love!
My little purple card – love!

Not too surprising, I ended up with a lovely Malabrigo Rios in colorway #870 Candombe. Stunning deep purples with a touch of bright gold. I saw the colors, fell in love, then touched the yarn – no going back, it was MINE!

Some of the details I loved about the sweater were the side to side knitting-all in garter stitch, the shaping is accomplished by short rows, and it has an adorable picot edge on the sleeves and hem. The only thing I was not wild about was the way it hung open at the hem in front. I solved that problem by adding a few more short rows under the arms to add more swing at the bottom hem. My experiment worked and I didn’t even rip this puppy out once in its making – that will come as quite a shock to those who know my knitting habits well. Let’s just say I really get my money’s worth out of my yarns as a rule. BTW, the additional rows brought my leftover yarn from the finished project to a 3″ piece, I kid you not!

A picot edge on the sleeves and hem were just right
A picot edge on the sleeves and hem were just right

I added four, 3/4″ round fused glass buttons (by me, of course) 🙂 The buttons are a round Wasser black with a rosy gold dichroic square and a light amber glass “gem” in the middle. I call them “Crown Jewel” but sadly the Wasser glass (which I love because it has a lovely soft-melt quality) has been discontinued so I don’t know how many more I can make. 😦

Perfect yarn, perfect buttons
Perfect yarn, perfect buttons

I used The Knitmore Girls method of sewing on my buttons with grosgrain ribbon button band and backing buttons (links are to the two videos on how to do this). The only place I went astray from Gigi’s method was by adding a narrow (3/8″) grosgrain ribbon to the button side to stabilize the button edge and to add that same narrow grosgrain ribbon around the neck. The sideways knit garter stitch just did not make for a cooperative neck edge – way too stretchy! The hand stitched ribbon just along the inside edge stitch of the neck was the perfect solution.

perfect button band and neck finish
perfect button band and neck finish

The final touch was being able to wear it into Seattle Yarn on my most recent visit, two weeks ago. I was stylin’  😉

Deb H

My Awesome Purple Cardi!

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