After finishing Alice, I decided to finally cast on for a Larch Cardigan. Larch has been in my queue pretty much since I started knitting. I don't know why I put it off for so long. I'm using Madelinetosh 80/10/10 Sport in Grasshopper. The MCN sport is amazingly soft and drapes so well. This sweater is going to be like wearing a hug. A hand knit hug.

I started Larch a week and a half ago and while I'm making progress, it really doesn't feel like I am. To this point, I've only knit top-down sweaters for myself. I don't know about you, but I get all kinds of "new project excitement" and generally fly through the first several inches of any project. When a sweater is top down, the rows are shorter and I can move much faster. Since Larch is bottom up, I'm knitting all of this stockinette at the widest point of the sweater and it feels like I knit forever with no progress. I've started clipping stitch markers to the edge to prove to myself that I am, in fact, making progress. I have a few more inches before I can shape the neck and divide for the fronts and back.

I'm not totally convinced that I have enough yarn, so I'm going to attempt to do top-down set-in sleeves (another first for me). If I can pull that off, I can knit them two at a time and ensure that I will use every last inch of yarn available. Anything to avoid another yarn debacle. I'll keep you posted.


  1. That is a truly amazing colourway. I am the same way when knitting bottom up and unless I am on a deadline these kinds of projects are more likely to end up in the hiatus pile. Looks like it will be a beautiful and oh so comfy sweater.

  2. That color is gorgeous. I can't wait to see the finished cardigan!

  3. Gorgeous yarn!! I love the color, and Grasshopper is the cutest color name. Stitch markers are such a great way to see how much you've knit! :)

  4. What a beautiful shade of green! I like bottom up sweaters, because I like sweaters that are a bit 'easier' at the beginning, rather than fussing with all the shaping and such straight out of the gate. but then, I find stockinette sort of zen.


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