ramona cardigan

There’s something about knitting a cardigan or sweater that is just intensely gratifying and comforting. Maybe it’s working with wool in general, maybe it’s the fact that so SO many hours of work go into it and maybe it’s sheer amazement that you made something so intricate and it actually turned out looking good.

handknit cardigan. little home by hand blog.handknit cardigan. little home by hand blog.Either way, I am seriously in love with knitting cardigans this year and the Ramona cardigan in particular. I wanted a basic, neutral cardi that would go with everything and the classic shape of the Ramona pattern seemed a good fit.

The yarn is Cascade Ecological Wool in a color mix of oatmeal and cream which gives it a nice subtly marbled look. The Cascade yarn is another new favorite, it was a dream to work with and the whole cardigan only took 1.5 skeins.

handknit cardigan. little home by hand blog.handknit cardigan. little home by hand blog.The pattern is pretty straightforward and came together easily. I added a bit of length but it still is just a tiny bit short and I especially wish the sleeves were longer. I haven’t decided yet whether to frog and redo the last bit of sleeve but I probably will.

The buttons were a tough decision, I actually spent an hour picking them out, deciding in the end on some rather unusual wood buttons that go well with the oatmeal of the yarn. To add a tiny bit of color I sewed the second last one on with red thread instead of white.

handknit cardigan. little home by hand blog.I’ve already worn the cardigan a lot since it was finished. I’m constantly trying to downsize my wardrobe to a few favorite pieces that go well together and this cardigan will definitely be a staple. Plus real wool is just incredibly warm, always a good thing for me as I am cold pretty much all the time in winter.

Already planning my next cardigan! Does it ever stop, the wanting… (ok, ok, enough with the ‘Outlander‘ references already…). For more info on pattern and yarn, visit my Ravelry project page.

24 thoughts on “ramona cardigan

  1. lvaletutto

    Beautiful job on the Ramona! I too just knitted one and am hesitant to weave in the ends but it’s pretty much been finished for over a month now. Maybe I should get going on that, lol. I really like your choice of yarn and the color. It looks great on you!

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  2. lealacoste

    haha that quote! love it!! I really need a good basic cardigan! my goal for 2015 is to focus on knitting the stuff that I need and not just the pretty ones! picking a pattern is going to be tough! love that natural color!

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Ha, here’s a virtual high five! We understand each other ;)) Looking forward to seeing which pattern you will pick!

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  3. Ine

    It’s beautiful, Kristina. I especially love the buttons and the red thread makes it unique. It’s the details that count! I also notice that your buttonband is so tidy and neat. I remember having lots of trouble with my Keynote buttonband, restarted three times and still not satisfied.

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  4. Ruth

    this is so incredibly beautiful! Really lovely knitting. I had planned to cast on a sweater in January, but I’m so inspired by this, I may have to pick a cardigan instead.

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  5. lefilalagratte

    Your cardigan is really beautiful ! It fits you very nicely !
    Would you recommend this pattern to a beginner (I have only knitted basic scarves) ? Are the instructions detailed enough ? Elizabeth says that “this a perfect ‘first sweater’ project for the beginner knitter” but I would like to have your feedback too.

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    1. Kristina Post author

      Thank you🙂 Well, you will probably learn a few new stitches with this cardigan but I think with the help of some youtube videos on that it’s totally doable! Have fun with it🙂 Cardigan knitting is really addictive!

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  6. Liesl

    Beautiful! I don’t like to knit anything too fancy when it comes to larger projects, like sweaters. For me, I think it’s best to stick with staples, classic patterns in classic colors, that can go with anything and will be worn a lot. And then maybe add a small pop to give it a bit of character–like you did with the buttons!

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