Hawthorne Cardigan

Well I was pretty sure when I casted on that I needed to go down a needle size for my cardigan.  The six just seemed too loose.  How lucky I was to be wearing the first cardigan to compare gauge (without measuring) to notice that I needed to switch needles.  I only had a couple rows to rip out so it was not devastating.

I know I have stated this before, but I love top down construction.  I do not like to sew seams and I like that the bulk of the knitting is done at the very beginning.  If you have not tried top down and you are familiar with sweater knitting, you should give it a try.  The only negative to top down construction is that there are no shoulder seams which leads to less structure at the top of the sweater.

Today I will be transporting my daughter back to her campus.  She is packing as I type.  I can see my coffee table (over half) and my laundry duties will diminish somewhat.  While I am traveling this afternoon, my husband will be home cooking up a curry for dinner (YUM!).  My son will be helping his sister haul various "stuff" into the apartment and hopefully be doing some of the driving.  These past three weeks have flown by.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!


  1. I'm sure it's going to be a bittersweet drive. She's off to do something she loves....you'll be missing one of your "loves".

    You've got yourself a very pretty distraction, though!

  2. I've never tried top down but I'm definitely going to, one of these days. You're right, these past few weeks have flown. I can't believe it's January already.

  3. Did she just arrive? I hope your trip is a safe one.

  4. Mine left yesterday and I am a bit sad today...thought I was used to her being away but this holiday spoiled me! Good Luck!

  5. What a bittersweet trip. So glad you had the three weeks. Luckily you "caught" the gauge issue early. I hate swatching, but it definitely has its place.

  6. Time just flies flies flies. I have yet to try a sweater really. I did attempt a raglan and never finished. Top down does sound intriguing and easier.
    Ang (peach coglo)

  7. time does fly, it seems like your children just arrived. the leaving part is so hard, luckily yours are driving distance. my two youngest are plane flights away :(
    i love top down, it's my favorite kind of sweater to wear too. good thing you caught it early, you just made a circular swatch ;)

  8. I can't help but say that yarn is yummy!! Glad you caught yourself before you got too far along. ;) I like the top-down patterns, too, but I'm working on the bottom-up right now. I don't mind the side seams anymore, but I still hate the ones for attaching the sleeves! Grrr...

    Be safe in your travels... how wonderful to have that curry to look forward to at the end of the day. blessings ~ tanna

  9. Good catch on the gauge issue!

  10. Oooo yummy yarn and even yummier cardigan!!! I can't wait to see it finished! I hope you have a nice trip taking your daughter back. Is it hard to see them go every time? Or have you gotten use to it by now?


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