I keep calling this sweater my Featherlight Cardigan even though the designer named it Featherweight. I think it is because there is a horse trailer company called Featherlight. Anyway, let me sing the praises of this sweater and the yarn (mmmmalabrigo).
I started the sweater last May (really, Ravelry? you aren't just making that date up?) but then put it down for a couple of months. I don't have a good reason for not finishing it much sooner. I love the yarn and the pattern is really easy to follow. I just got distracted by other things. Oh, well. I picked it up again right before Thanksgiving (an easy project to work on in the bar) and finished the body. Unfortunately, I put it down again and didn't pick it up for another month. I finished the second half of the second sleeve and then put it down again. Finally, last week, I sat down, made myself pick up stitches for the collar and worked on it. Isn't it amazing how things get finished if you actually work on them?
Yarn: 3 skeins of Malabrigo lace, Emerald
Pattern: Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig
Dates: May 2009 to March 14, 2010
Modifications: First, I decided that I didn't want a cropped cardigan. It's not really my style and my waist would probably be cold. The pattern originally called for 9 inches but I knit for 13 inches, instead. My next change was to make a 2 inch seed stitch bottom edge rather than a 1x1 rib for 2 inches and my collar is in seed stitch, too. I had seen someone on ravelry did the collar and lower edge in seed stitch and I really liked the way it looked.
The pictures on blogger are driving me nuts. Click on the picture to see my flickr page and see the actual color of the sweater.
This yarn feels fantastic. I can understand why so many people adore it because it is just so soft. But I have a feeling that the yarn will pill and probably felt like crazy. That is, however, a small price to pay for how soft, light and warm this cardigan is. It really is as light as a sweater. I'll just have to treat the sweater kindly.