The Paulie cardigan was one of the first patterns I found and saved on ravelry and that was long before I thought that I could actually knit things like cardigans. It was a pretty pattern, even better that it was a pretty free pattern but for some reason when I actually plucked up the courage to attempt sweater and cardigan knitting I ended up snubbing it for the Holsten and Hitofude.
Well over Christmas I was itching to knit another cardigan, a more basic winter to spring cardigan with long sleeves this time. I also wanted to use yarn I already owed rather than buying more and more.....I'm worried I'll end up with a bunch of random yarn and not have a clue what to do with it. I really wanted to try to use the Juniper Moon wool I bought back in September but unfortunately I realised that I was about 1 skein short of a full sweater/cardigan...rats!
On the other hand when I was making the Holsten I went totally overboard and bought too much yarn and ended up with 2 and half skeins of Berroca Ultra Fine Alpaca in Charcoal left over. I trawled ravelry, rediscovered the Paulie pattern and decided to pair the Berroca with a skein of light grey Juniper for the stripes.
Take all that yarn….two glorious weeks off work over Christmas and hey presto here’s a cardigan. I actually finished knitting and weaving in ends on Dec 30th so this doesn’t count as one of my 15 projects in 2015…..however it did take me another 2 weeks to block it, buy and sew on buttons and find the time to photograph it in daylight.
This pattern was a breeze to knit. Simple straight forward garter and stockinette but with enough little twists in the construction to keep me entertained….I learned how to do an i-cord bind off and make button-holes and I modified the collar band to omit the short rows as I knew that having it standing up (as written in the pattern) would drive me crazy.
I love this cardigan – the neutral colours mean it goes really well with the rest of my wardrobe and it’s already gotten two wears this week alone.