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The Seaweed Cardigan: A Finished Object!

Apr 20, 2011

My Seaweed Cardigan
I recently finished what might be the best thing I've ever knitted: The Seaweed Cardigan.

It's the perfect length, the perfect width, the perfect color, the perfect yarn (Classic Elite Soft Linen), and just basically the perfect spring-through-fall garment. Thanks, Cecily Glowik MacDonald, for dreaming up the Seaweed Cardigan. I was already a big fan of yours, but this little number cemented the deal!

The Seaweed Cardigan was chosen for the Knitting Daily Spring Knit-Along, and we had so much fun knitting it together! I have a seriously terrible track record for finishing the knit-alongs on schedule, but the Seaweed was so much fun, and fast—no sleeves to knit!—that I finally finished on time.

What really helped me out was the lace pattern. It's a 16-row repeat that's easy to memorize. I usually finished at least one repeat before setting my project down—I wanted to see the lace develop, and it quickly did.

The Seaweed confirmed something that I've been thinking about my knitting for quite a while now: I finish things faster when there's something going on in the pattern, such as colorwork, cables, or lace. I still love my smooth, clean stockinette, but I've finished a lot of projects lately, and most of them have some action mixed in with the stockinette.

My cat, Milo, loves the
Seaweed Cardigan, too!
Applied I-cord sleeve edging
I did a newish-to-me finishing technique on the Seaweed—an applied I-cord on the sleeves instead of the ribbing. It took less time than doing the ribbing—just one short evening of knitting—and it was really worth it. (See the photo at right.) I used this technique a couple of years ago on a felted bag, but I'd forgotten about it. A couple of folks in the knit-along did the I-cord bind-off and it looked so fantastic I had to copy them. (It's the sincerest form of flattery, don't forget!)

Kris, Carmen, and Mary show off their finished sweaters
I had so much fun on the Knitting Daily knit-along, that I started one at my LYS, A Grand Yarn. There were five of us who knitted along, and four of us finished. I'll bet the fifth knitter is done by now, too, she was close! Three members of our group are pictured at left.

Kris worked the pattern in Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, she knit the cardi according to the pattern. Carmen knit the Seaweed in Malabrigo Rios. She added the applied I-cord around the front and sleeves. Mary used Rowan calmer for the Seaweed she knit for her daughter. She followed the pattern, too. It's so fun to see how differently everyone's projects turned out. To see more, check out the knit-along forum.

I can't recommend this project highly enough. It's one of those knitting trifectas: fun, easy (good for beginning lace knitters), and flattering!

There's time to knit yourself a Seaweed Cardigan, so get your pattern today and cast on!


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on Apr 21, 2011 2:23 AM

Sorry Kathleen that you have to deal with dimwits like me!  I have just found the "Pattern Details" tab hiding there which gives me all I need!  Hope my brain can recover with a bit of knitting therapy!


on Apr 21, 2011 1:59 AM

Me again.  I also love the minimalist cardigan you did earlier.  Again I would love to know the gauge.  Is it possible for the gauge to be given with the pattern advertisement as thicker garments are no use in my climate so, no matter how much I love a design, it is no use to be if the gauge is wrong.  I can't seem to find this out before actually buying the download.

Thanks, Margaret

on Apr 21, 2011 1:11 AM

Just love your finished Seaweed cardigan but would never have chosen it from the original picture!  How do I find out the gauge for this pattern? I want to know if it suits my chosen yarn.  Thanks, Margaret

sept2 wrote
on Apr 21, 2011 1:09 AM

good post

GerdaP wrote
on Apr 20, 2011 12:31 PM

Hi Kathleen!

These cardigans are beautiful, Carmen is a relatively new knitter and her willingness to try challenging knits is inspiring.

I love the stability that applied I -cord lends to a garment, particularly on an edge that will be buttoned. It is so clean looking.



Karen@49 wrote
on Apr 20, 2011 11:57 AM

Kathleen, I love your seaweed cardigan! I've been wanting to make this for awhile and it shall be next in my queue!

irishscot wrote
on Apr 20, 2011 11:49 AM

Kathleen, the sea-weed cardigan is beautiful, I love that leaf pattern. Maybe I'll try one in a sea-weed color as well...

joliepollard wrote
on Apr 20, 2011 9:48 AM

I agree, a bit of cable, lace or colorwork keeps me at my knitting and the projects move along quite quickly!

on Apr 20, 2011 8:06 AM

The applied I-cord technique intrigues me...and it's something I need to learn for an Interweave project in the latest Interweave Knits issue. You're sweater is beautiful. Great color. Congrats.