Finally, I have some pics of my finished Creature Comforts Cardi. To me, this is much more like a shrug than a cardigan, but maybe they liked some alliteration in the name. I neglected to put up any front facing shots of this sweater because they all looked goofy or I was closing my eyes. I thank the fella (Matthew Petty) for taking the pics. I did finish this in time to wear to Rhinebeck, and I love it so much that I want to wear it all the time.
The yarn is Tosh DK, and I knitted the 34″-38″ bust size. I barely got into the fifth ball, and I’ve heard from a few people at my LYS that in the larger sizes they overestimate the yarn a bit.
I loved the cable pattern. I like the idea and look of many cables, but I hate having to keep track of rows. With this cable pattern, most of the rows are different enough that you can figure out where you are if you put it down and come back to it later. I kept track mostly by counting how many purls I had purled last in the center of my leaf.
The middle of the pattern kept me intrigued and kept me knitting, as I wanted to watch the leaves crawl up the back of the sweater. The sides were mindless enough to make it go fast.
I loved the Tosh DK yarn, and after wearing this a few times unblocked (gasp!) I threw it in the washer and dryer and it came out looking lovely.
As many others have done and mentioned on Ravelry, I did a provisional cast on and did all the ribbing at once in the round when the main part of the body was finished. This is basically a giant rectangle that you fold in half, seam a bit, make sleeves on, and wear.
Beginners, do not be intimidated. The cable stitches are well described, and the construction is super simple. I think I will be wearing this for ages.