I don’t even know what to say about this project. I knew I loved the photo of the finished cardigan and as I worked I found the pattern to be well-written and clear. But I didn’t know how much I loved it until I bound it off and gave it a good soak!
Pattern: Hitofude Cardigan, by Hiroko Fukatsu
Yarn: JulieSpins Eurosock, 2 skeins
Needles: Size 32″ US 6 needle (to get the required gauge)
Size Made: I knit the size XS to fit a size 36″ish me, since I didn’t want it to be oversized across my back.
Hitofude is a lacy cardigan that is made all in one yarn “stroke”. As the designer states in the pattern description
The yarn stroke starts from the upper body and sleeves worked together in a rectangular piece, then moves to lower body, where the lace pattern increases evenly, creating a gentle drape.
While this type of construction does require a few moments of patient pattern reading, the continuous yarn means minimal finishing. Once bound off, all I had to do was weave in my ends. Different yarn types can create a variety of cardigan characteristics – from light and fluffy to smooth and drapey. My JulieSpins Eurosock is a round, multi-ply fingering weight superwash merino and made a beautiful swingy cardigan. I would love to make another one of these in a different yarn, just to have a variety of them in my wardrobe.
We hope you’ve enjoyed knitting along with us! We do have a group of knitters still working on their cardigans and they are continuing to meet every other Sunday (meeting this Sunday, July 27, 10-12). So many knitters were inspired to try something new with this project, and I hope that the next KAL we organize is just as motivational!