FO: Colourblock featherweight

Suzie Blackman
Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Hannah Fettig’s ‘Featherweight Cardigan’ perfectly combines elegance and simplicity. Its airy gauge makes it quick to knit, gives it a lovely drape and makes it a practical garment for the unpredictable British summer. Having just about recovered from the loss of my last featherweight, I decided to make a replacement. The simple design makes this a great pattern to use as a blank canvas to experiment with colour and texture.

I had in my stash three skeins of yarn that on their own were a little awkward and I was struggling to find a use for:

  • Hand spun DK-ish from blended merino silk turquoise and orange fibre
  • BFL low twist 4 ply yarn, home dyed with onion skins
  • Fine bouclé cashmere silk, home dyed with Procion acid dye

These are colours, weights and textures that one might not normally combine, but they somehow harmonise in the finished garment.

I knitted each in the stitch that made the most of its texture; the bouclé in reverse stocking stitch, BFL in stocking stitch and the handspun in garter stitch. I used up all but a small amount of each, which took a little re-working.

The author

Suzie Blackman

The dyer, designer, photographer, creative technologist and maker-of-things behind It's a Stitch Up. She lives in East London in a home filled with colour, fluff and house plants.

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