Finished: Zinnia

I wanted a cozy cardigan that would go with everything. This cardigan answered that call. The pattern is another Andi Satterlund design called Zinnia. I had planned on making this pattern in the future but, after I saw Rue Des Renard’s gorgeous version I put this at the top of my queue. The initial plan was to make this cardigan in a vivid color but, I went with a neutral color to make it very versatile.

This pattern was very fun to knit. I did not think I would finish this in 2.5 weeks but, I did. I thought it would be a pattern that I picked up when I had free time. But, snow days and spring break helped me to finish this. The textured pattern keeps things interesting and works up very fast. The textured pattern also gives the cardigan a nice cushy feel. Also, the diamonds added another fun factor to the project. I took Rue Des Renard’s advice and placed stitch markers between each diamond pattern repeat to ensure accuracy. It worked like a charm. Andi suggests about 0-3 inches of positive ease. I went with 0 inches of positive ease and I am very happy with the fit.

My final verdict: This cardigan is perfect. It’s cozy. It’s versatile. I know that I will get much use out of it. I will most likely cart it everywhere with me considering my cold nature.

Details:

Level – Intermediate

Yarn – Lion Brand Heartland

Color – Grand Canyon

Size – XS

Needle – Size  7 (4.5mm)

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OAN: Many thanks to my wonderful nieces for being my photographers. That’s one of the perks of coming home.

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Crochet Style: Wintry Cowl

This outfit is actually from yesterday but, I didn’t get a chance to post it. This wintry cowl is from a pattern in the Jan/Feb 2009 issue of Crochet Today. I made this last winter and it worked up very quickly. It employs the V-Stitch. I used Lion Brand Hometown Solids, which is a Super Bulky yarn.

I like to pair this red cowl whenever I wear neutral outfits that lack color. It is something just so fab about a big chunky cowl in a bold color. Did I mention that this cowl is so snuggly and warm?  Well, it is 🙂

Outfit Details:

Dress – Ross Dress for Less

Boots – Plato’s Closet

Cowl – Handmade by Me