knitting a wardrobe – the marsa alam cardigan

I finished my second knit cardigan, whoohoo! The more I knit, the more I love it. Yes, it takes longer than sewing but so far I am loving my knitted wardrobe better than my sewn clothing.

The pattern is the marsa alam cardigan by Isabell Kraemer and you can find my project page for this cardigan here on Ravelry. marsa alam cardigan. little home by hand blogThe yarn is Holst Coast in the crab apple colorway, bought directly from Holst in Denmark. This yarn is wonderful and the color such a nice, fresh green! Contrary to the pattern I knit it all in one color instead of doing stripes. Vintage mother of pearl buttons from my grandma’s stash give it a classic, elegant look.

marsa alam cardigan. little home by hand blogmarsa alam cardigan. little home by hand blogThe pattern itself is lovely, easy to follow and straightforward. Lots of hours of plain stockinette which I didn’t really mind. I love to watch youtube documentaries while knitting.

I made one mistake where I started a sleeve, twisting the stitches the wrong way as I picked them up from the stitches on hold. It shows in the right sleeve. Oh well.

Unfortunately, all while knitting I had an inkling it would turn out too small. I pushed the thought aside, thinking a good wash and block would take care of that. Ahem.

Washing did improve the sizing slightly but contrary to my first cardigan the yarn didn’t stretch as much as I had hoped.

I can absolutely still wear it. As long as I don’t try to close the buttons across the bust. marsa alam cardigan. little home by hand blogmarsa alam cardigan. little home by hand blogI might try washing and blocking again more vigorously to see if I can stretch it a bit more.

Still, I can’t help loving it, the color is so nice to wear and the fit is otherwise really lovely. It’s too warm to wear at the moment but I’m looking forward to having an in-between season cardigan come fall.

I think knitting cardigans is “it” for me right now, I am itching to start the next one, to expand my knitting skills and try cables and colorwork and much more. I love to watch the project take shape row after row, all the while looking forward to wearing it. It’s easy enough to enjoy while watching a movie or series and still gives you something useful to do with your hands while sitting on the couch.

Yes, knitting is definitely it.

 

21 thoughts on “knitting a wardrobe – the marsa alam cardigan

  1. mandarine's

    Your cardigan turned out so beautifully!
    I’m also in the mood for knitting cardigans. That’s all I have in mind actually.
    Yesterday evening, I spent a good amount of time browsing the Holst garn website to find the perfect color for a new project. But I couldn’t make my mind yet. So many treats for the eyes, that I coudn’t choose among them.

    Beautiful work!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thank you, me too, cardigans and sweaters are all I think about right now🙂 I take a long time to make a decision on pattern and yarn though.

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  2. Ingrid

    Lovely! That colour suits you so well. I actually like that it’s quite tight – most of the time knits aren’t. It makes it look more summery!

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  3. Martha

    Love your new cardigan! The color with the buttons are a perfect match. I think the fit is great. I agree with Ingrid (above) the color suits you. I haven’t tried knitting a carding yet. I was intimidated but I think I’m ready🙂 knitting is so rewarding and a great way to relax. I love knitting during my commute to work. I’m looking forward to seeing what you knit next. Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      I actually waited years to try my hand at a cardigan pattern, always thinking I couldn’t do it. In the end it was much easier than I had though. Just start, you can do it🙂

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  4. Erika

    It is beautiful! I love the color and the pattern. Even how you are wearing it, unbuttoned at the top, looks great. It is my knitting goal to one day have a wearable cardigan. 🙂

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  5. sallock

    Love your new cardigan! The colour suits you well. I think you would have left the buttons open even if it was a little bit bigger at the bust, wouldn’t you? Maybe after a bit of wear it’ll stretch out too. Anyway, you did a great job!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      I hope it does stretch a bit with wear. I can’t wear it right now because it’s just too warm but I look forward to wearing it a lot in fall.

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  6. Liesl

    It really turned out beautiful—there is something about a classic cardigan. And the color really suits you! And I think the sizing is great–looks good left open at the bust. Any ideas on which pattern you’ll choose next?

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