Here I am in the Carie Cardigan from Fitted Knits, which I shall lovingly call my goth sweater.
The yarn is hand-dyed chunky merino, exclusively from the LYS. (Sorry, it will be tough for you to find.) Since Veronica, dyer-in-chief, generally tends to dye her own favorite colors, I was thrilled when this colorway came along. I had been eyeing the bulky for a while, mostly because I was feeling the need for some of that intoxicating instant gratification, but the colors weren't really screaming my name. Then this one showed up. I've been wanting a black cardigan for some time.
I had also been lusting over the patterns in Fitted Knits for quite some time. I'm an avid reader of the Glampyre blog, so I got the book as soon as it came out. This is the first thing I've actually made from it, though.
It's like the yarn and pattern were star-crossed lovers....or something else appropriately romantigoth. Anyway, here's a closeup of the sleeve. There are some pretty eyelets here that you can't really see, no matter how well I try to photograph it.
The pattern in the book shows it in a lovely purple with a gorgeous rose button at the clasp. I was worried about finding one, because I had the picture in my mind of exactly what I wanted. I wanted a gothic black rose.
And somehow, I found exactly that at Peggy's Strands of Heaven, which is a LYS. (Tertiary LYS? Moving up in the ranks to the new secondary LYS? Time will tell. Either way, we're knitting there on Sundays now.)
This was a quick knit that is pretty flattering, in the way most bulky sweaters aren't. I would recommend it. But get gauge first. Do as I say, not as I do.
Pattern: Carie Cardigan from Fitted Knits, by Stephanie Japel
Yarn: Hand dyed bulky merino, from the LYS, 120 yds, $12, 3 skeins
Needles: Size 15 circular (necessary, though it's obviously worked back and forth)
Notions: Black gothic rose button, $5.25, from the new secondary LYS
Time: About 3 evenings of light to intermittent knitting (you could maybe do it in a night if you got gauge right off the bat)
Cost: $41.25, plus tax