It’s been a long time since we saw some knitting around here! So here’s my Rosa cardigan, finished last August. The pattern is by Along with Anna: it was my first pattern from this designer and I found it very fun to make, with clear instructions. It’s a very easy pattern that I would recommend for a first cardigan: knitted seamlessly from top to bottom, with a simple lace detail at the raglan.

I really like the shape of the neckline which allows it to be worn open, as opposed to a round neck cardigan whose corners always flop down in a weird way if not buttoned all the way up. The only modification I made was to lengthen it by about 20 cm. The pattern is originally a cropped cardigan, but after blocking it and trying it on I found it too wide at the back and figured I wouldn’t wear it as is. So I lengthened it and re-blocked it, which means that there is a very slight demarcation where I picked up the stitches, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

It is made out of Drops BabyAlpaca Silk (in the light old pink colorway), a very soft and drapey alpaca and silk blend. I originally bought this yarn to make Susan Crawford’s Jan sweater, but now that my personal style leans less retro I was afraid I wouldn’t wear it and thought a cardigan would be more versatile.

Now that I think about it, I haven’t worn it much yet and I’m not sure why. Maybe it’s just that I finished it toward the end of summer and the color wasn’t very appropriate for fall. I think now is time for me to give it a chance!

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