A really colorful cardi…

… which can basically only be worn with a totally neutral outfit because its THAT colorful.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the little pattern and the yarn is soft, smushy, and fabulous.  But I have the feeling that this little cardi won’t be one of those ‘go-to’ articles.  Its just a tad bold.

I’m thinking its more like it’ll get busted out with a pair of jeans and t-shirt.  Something a little funky and technicolor-like to spruce up this babe’s somewhat muted wardrobe thats forming.   Because even a little babe needs one bold sweater – a signature piece.  And I think we just found it.

The pattern: Plain Vest by Anna & Heidi Pickles (made in 12 month size)

The yarn: Manos del Uruguay Wool Clasica in Chrysanthemum – I used about 3/4 of a skein

Modifications: I made the arm holes slightly bigger by making 20 new stitches over the arm opening (instead of 16)

Also, the decreasing wasn’t clearly laid out in the pattern.  I improvised (given the slightly bigger arm opening I created) and worked the decreases as follows:

  • 108 sts: K5, *(K3, k2tog), repeat * to last 8 sts, k2tog, K6
  • 87 sts: K5, *(K3, k2tog), repeat * to last 8 sts, k2tog, K6
  • 72 sts: K3, *(K3, k2tog), repeat * to last 5 sts, k2tog, K2
  • 57 sts: K2, yo, k2tog, *(K3, k2tog), repeat * to last 4 sts, K4 (buttonhole row)
  • 48 sts: Knit 2 rows. Bind off

The verdict:  The pattern was super easy – started on the airplane on the way to the beach for a long weekend.  Finished about half way thru the long weekend.  Its not the most sophisticated pattern but I like the rustic-y look of the somewhat rough sweater pattern combined with the nubbily-ness of the Manos yarn.  It sort of just works.  I think the sweater would look great in a creamy oatmeal (really accentuating the rustic feel of it), but my crazy color choice sort of counter balances the home-y feel of the sweater, I think.  As I said, the color combo is a bit bold, but I think this type of bold works – a babe can’t have a wardrobe consisting entirely of pale pinks and linen.

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