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For our very first spring/summer Knitalong back in 2012, my friends and I wanted to pick out a light sweater that you could throw on in the air conditioning.  Something that would keep you just warm enough when a chill catches you off-guard.  It’s hard to believe that was two years ago!  My Vitamin D, which I finished in August 2012, has been in heavy rotation year-round.

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Hannah Fettig’s Featherweight Cardigan has been on my to-do list for YEARS! It’s a lightweight, flattering cardigan that you can throw on whenever you need it and a relatively easy project that you will finish in no time at all.  I know many of you are interested in making one, so let’s have a Knitalong!  We have the pattern available in print at the shop, and it is available for download via Ravelry.  I think my main problem will be choosing which yarn to use, since we’ve had a lot of great options hit the sales floor.

Let’s decide on our yarn and swatch over the next two weeks, and Cast On by/on April 13th.

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You could achieve the required gauge for this sweater – 24 sts = 4″ in stockinette stitch – in lace, fingering, sock, or sport weight yarns.  With such a wide range of yarns from which to choose, how will you decide?!

Step 1:  Use the experience of those who have come before you.  There are over 6,000 versions of this sweater on Ravelry as I write this post. There are approximately 3,000 in laceweight, 2,000 in fingering, and 300 in sport/dk – click through and see which you like best.  Add them to your Ravelry favorites and tag them with “KAL” to look at them again later.

Step 2:  Check out the yarns available and see what inspires you.  I might need to make two or three of this sweater, because I want to make one in Mimi (mink), one in Pediboo Tonal, and one in Toil and Trouble from my stash!  I’ll have to pick one to start with, though.  Here are some other great options:
Lace – Cascade Forest Hills, Jade Sapphire Silk/Cashmere
Fingering – Cascade Heritage, Cascade Heritage Paints, Great Adirondack Soxie, Cascade 220 Fingering, HiKoo CoBaSi
Sport – Cascade Ultra Pima Fine, Frog Tree Pedibo Tonal, Lotus Yarns Mimi

Step 3: Swatch.  Start out by reading through the awesome post Celeste wrote on swatching for a project.  Work through your swatch, block it, then decide if you like how the fabric came out.  Is it too light and airy for your liking?  Is it too snug and sweater-like for a “Featherweight” sweater?  Or is it *just* right?

As with our previous KAL, we will be posting advice and updates here on the blog, which we hope will help you along the way.  It looks like the weekends are going to be really busy this spring – how about we meet in person on Thursday evenings?  Let’s meet 5:00-7:00pm on April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, with a goal to be finished by our last meeting May 22!  You can come to one or all – no specific commitment, except to let us know if you need any help and share your Finished Project!

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