You may remember I knitted a beast of a cardigan for my brother? Well, I had a few skeins of New Lanark DK yarn in Pebble leftover, and I had a hankering for a grey cardigan of my own. My Driven cardigan has proved to be one of my most useful knits and I wear it all the time, so I wanted something in a similar shape in a neutral colour that could be thrown on over lots of different outfits. In the end I settled on using Featherweight as a template.
However I knew I didn’t have enough of the Pebble for the whole cardigan, so I dived into the stash to see what else I could find, and came up with some lovely Shetland yarn from Well Manor Farm (now The Little Grey Sheep) which I decided to use for a little colour blocking.
I kept to 4mm needles and pretty much followed the pattern as written (with a few tweaks to the first row to start with more stitches in the sleeves) although I knew that using a heavier yarn would result in a larger cardigan. The Shetland yarn is a good match with the Lanark in terms of texture, though it is slightly lighter in weight. But given that the shape of the cardigan is very simple and I wasn’t worried about the sizing, that wasn’t a problem.
I was pleased with the end result, especially as it turned into an excellent stash-busting project, but I’m not sure that my expectations were very high. So I’ve been happily surprised by how much I’ve worn it. Although the Lanark yarn remains sheepy and not as soft as some of my sweaters, the fabric is dense without being too heavy, and is so fantastically warm and cosy that I find myself reaching for it all the time. The over-sized shape makes it easy to throw on, like a wearable blanket, but the hip-length stops it being too sloppy. I’ll definitely be returning to the Lanark DK before long.