FO: Old Penny Cardigan

24 Sep

Pattern: Old Penny Cardigan, from Vogue Knitting Fall 08 by Veronik Avery

Yarn: Valley Yarns Williamstown, 10 balls

Needles: US 5 and 3

Notes: For something started on impulse it’s turned out very well!  I added 1″ in length to the body, and I opted not to add any sort of closure (the pattern calls for snaps, but I will not wear a cardigan fully closed that way.)

There were quite a few errors in this pattern.  The fronts have several problems, which are noted on my Ravelry entry for this cardigan.  The instructions for picking up the stitches for the edging are also a little vague, and I’m not sure that the numbers add up, but I’m not certain enough to call it an error.

I loved working with this yarn – it was tweedy but soft, and the acrylic content gives it a nice stretch.  It was also pretty easy to seam with, a big deal for a soft tweed (usually I find I have to seam with an alternate yarn when knitting with tweeds.)  The upper sleeves are a little roomy, at least in comparison with the tightness of the lower sleeve, so I might revise this if making it again.  In fact, since it is a raglan, I might consider making the whole thing in one piece.

The pattern didn’t specify, but I used the larger needles for the edging.   The small ones would have pulled in too much.  In fact, I would tend to use the same needles for the whole thing – the sleeve ribbing doesn’t need to be that small.

I love the outcome of this pattern, and I’m certain I will wear this constantly during the winter (and I may need a new, non purple, shawl pin to go with it!

Sarah Jane approves of this message (and the sweater)

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40 Responses to “FO: Old Penny Cardigan”

  1. acupofjoy September 24, 2008 at 6:04 pm #

    Lovely job!

  2. Lesley September 24, 2008 at 6:05 pm #

    That color looks great with your hair and beautiful complexion. Great fit too! I can see why Sarah Jane approves. :)

  3. Cara September 24, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    Looks fabulous on you! I might have to pick up the Fall Vogue after all. Nice work!

  4. preita September 24, 2008 at 6:16 pm #

    It’s so beautiful! I didn’t really care for this cardi, but now that I’ve seen yours I deffinately have to make it!

    This is the new CPH for sure! :)

  5. Cheryl September 24, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    I really like how it turned out. It looks great! :-)

  6. islandjen September 24, 2008 at 6:37 pm #

    wow…this turned out sooo beautifully. the color is just perfect!!

  7. melissa September 24, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    whoa. this sweater is so gorgeous! the color is perfect on you! now you’ve got me digging through my stash, so i can cast on right away!

  8. Rachel September 24, 2008 at 7:15 pm #

    That is absolutely stunning on you.

  9. Rene' September 24, 2008 at 7:18 pm #

    Love it!!!

  10. Renee September 24, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

    Gorgeous on you! I like it much better in your blog than how it’s photographed in the magazine the way you’ve styled it. It’s moved up my queue.

  11. Stacy September 24, 2008 at 7:41 pm #

    Super cute! The colorway is great with your coloring.

  12. nettie September 24, 2008 at 7:50 pm #

    It looks fantastic, and you look so pretty in the top pic!

    I have a question, do you see any reason why this couldn’t be knit in one piece from the top?

  13. Alicia P September 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    Beautiful! That color is awesome on you. Loving the tweed. Since you have done elventybillion sweaters do you have seaming tips you would like to share?

  14. rockbridge September 24, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    beautiful! fit and color are perfect on you – great job!

  15. mick September 24, 2008 at 8:32 pm #

    Just lovely. I really liked this pattern in the magazine, but I like it even more when I see it without a weird belt. Pretty!

  16. autumnblossomknits September 24, 2008 at 8:57 pm #

    Wow! A beautiful job and I love how it matches the cat’s eyes a bit too.

  17. Jolynn September 24, 2008 at 9:12 pm #

    Lovely! Very classic style. Nice job!


  18. Suzanne V. (Yarnhog) September 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm #

    Wow! I love it! And you look beautiful. I like the shorter hair.

  19. Kathleen September 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm #

    The colour is brilliant! And, the purple pin is perfect — I wouldn’t change a thing. Great job.

  20. Denise September 24, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    Absolutely beautiful! You can see the green and the other colors in it much better than the previous post. It looks gorgeous on you. Great job

  21. Jodi September 24, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    Lovely sweater, perfect for fall! I fully approve of Sarah Jane, too — what a cutie.

  22. Hissy Stitch September 24, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    Love the shape of it! Very flattering.

  23. ohsewcrafty September 24, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

    Gorgeous! You’ve definitely given me an excuse to try Williamstown. Thanks for sharing another beautiful FO.

  24. Eva (Schmuckstück) September 25, 2008 at 3:42 am #

    Absolutely Lovely !! A wonderfull green, i love green !

  25. Mom2Schnauzers September 25, 2008 at 5:42 am #

    It is fabulous! …and you wear it so well! Looks like I’ll have yet another project to queue up in Ravelry!

    How DO you crank out so many projects anyway? I think you should definitely consider entering the competition for “World’s Fastest Knitter!”

    …and btw…thanks for your encouragement on painting. I’m on my second coat in the living room!

  26. Sarah September 25, 2008 at 5:47 am #

    You look great in that!

  27. Emma in France September 25, 2008 at 7:15 am #

    Beautiful, as always!

    As for the pin, if you have a spare wooden DPN lying around, you could use that as the pin part.

  28. Patty September 25, 2008 at 7:59 am #

    Just beautiful. It looks terrific on you and I love the color.

  29. Rubys N Purls September 25, 2008 at 8:09 am #

    Beautiful as always!! I love that color on you and its so tweedy! Thanks for pioneering the way on this one!

  30. Sarah September 25, 2008 at 8:10 am #

    That’s an amazing sweater! The color is perfect!

  31. erin September 25, 2008 at 8:55 am #

    you knit SO fast!!
    that cardigan is great! i love the color.

  32. monica September 25, 2008 at 8:59 am #

    Jane has such good taste! It’s a beautiful sweater.

  33. Jacey September 25, 2008 at 10:04 am #

    I think this is one of my favorite FOs that you’ve made. The color is gorgeous, and the fit is very flattering. Sarah Jane is a cute kitty, by the way.

  34. Nachaele Olson September 25, 2008 at 11:15 am #

    Wow, your old penny cardigan is the most beautiful one I have seen! Great job and the color is amazing on you!

  35. Rikke September 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    It looks very beautiful! I love the colour and tweedy effect.

  36. robin September 25, 2008 at 1:47 pm #

    Beautiful as always!! I hardly looked at that pattern in the magazine, but yours makes me want to knit it. And I LOVE your kitty!

  37. miss ewe September 26, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    You are KEEEELING me with this sweater. It’s SO beautiful… I have to go buy some tweed and knit it IMMEDIATELY!!!

  38. Nicole September 27, 2008 at 5:43 am #

    Your photos are wonderful. The pattern and yarn combination turned out beautifully and your kitty was so well behaved. Mine would’ve been crawling down my back!!!!

  39. adele October 11, 2008 at 7:39 am #

    simply gorgeous! i love it.

    so glad I stumbled upon your blog as I never would of known about this cardigan. off to buy the magazine today.

    fab blog too. lovely photography.

  40. Yvonne March 17, 2009 at 4:35 pm #

    This sweater is so gorgeous! I clicked in from Laikabear’s blog and she is sooo right. The pattern is just so so in the magazine, but you totally rock it!

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