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.