Blue Sky Cropped Cardigan

I’m kind of embarrassed to post this.  I swear, I do things other than sit around and knit (although admittedly I do that a lot!)  The cropped cardigan is finished.

My best attempt at copying the model photo

Pattern: Cropped Cardigan by Blue Sky Alpacas, size XS

Yarn: Frog Tree Alpaca Sport #12(charcoal), doubled

Needles: US 10.5 and 9

Notes: I think this would be a great beginner sweater.  Since it’s knit with doubled yarn on big needles, and since it has neither long sleeves nor a full length, it’s the fastest knit sweater I’ve ever made by far.  I swear, I wasn’t even trying to finish this thing!  It just sort of happened.   I followed the pattern exactly as written except for the needle sizes.  I was really nervous about making an alpaca sweater.  My verdict?  Not itchy.  It was slightly itchy, although not horribly so, before I washed and conditioned it, but now there’s no real itch factor.  I am not someone who is sensitive to such things anyway, so YMMV.  Apparently I don’t have a sensitive nose either, because while Marc could smell the “wet alpaca” smell during blocking, all I smelled was hair conditioner.  I wore it around for awhile to see if it would overheat me, but then I remembered – I’m the pianist at church who spends every homily in the bathroom trying to thaw out her fingers.  I have issues with the cold, so I’m not sure I can be overheated.  I loved knitting with the alpaca so much – it felt like butter sliding through my fingers.  I’m definitely going to be making another alpaca sweater soon!

The edges rolled before blocking, but they settled in pretty nicely.  I also like it with a pin.


This is a nice wardrobe basic for me.  I actually don’t have any other sweaters this color – I don’t buy black because of the cats, and I think this is a nice compromise.

Does anyone else have cats that go crazy over alpaca?  My cats are totally obsessed with it.  They want to smell it, and roll around in it, and I even think they would eat it given the chance.


16 thoughts on “Blue Sky Cropped Cardigan

  1. i don’t believe you. It’s not humanly possible to knock off sooo many knitted SWEATER projects in such a short amount of time. KNITTING TAKES SO LONG! How do you do it? Do you have angel wings to help you or something?

  2. Wow you are a speedy knitter. Love the sweater. Everything you knit looks great on you!! I have the pattern, geez now I want to start that one too! I actually have the yarn for this one all wound and ready to do. Maybe I’ll swatch today!

  3. I love it! It’s a flattering look for you. Love the color too.

    I didn’t really like or dislike this pattern when I saw it on the internets, but now I’m going to have to add it to my list of future knits! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. preeety says:

    This is stupid, but I have to say:
    I love your hair colour!
    It’s the shade I wish I had, and not the dull black naturally in place above my head…
    Sorry, I know, weird. Just forget it…
    But I like it. Seriously

  5. Thank you for the fabulous photos, I was thinking of buying this pattern but the pattern photo just didn’t show the details. It looks really graceful and lovely.

  6. Cathy says:

    I love the sweater! You did a wonderful job!
    Do you think it could be knit with one strand
    of a worsted weight yarn or would the edges curl?

  7. This is so beautiful! i’m getting ready to start mine, and i think i’m going to go for the deep charcoal color too.

    my cats adore alpaca. in fact, they adore all knitting. last night i had a knit bag i had just felted on the table and i thought it was developing a weird bump. when i walked over, i discovered it was a cat who had crawled into the drying bag and was rubbing his head all over it.

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