Working on a Bat-Stitch Drop-Shoulder Cardigan

WIP sleeve of drop-shoulder cardigan

I thought I would show you what I have been working on this week. Actually, I’ve been working on this a lot longer than just this week. What I meant to say is, this is the crafting I have been doing this week. It seems like I have been working on this cardigan forever. It might have gotten finished sooner if I hadn’t made three afghans in the meantime.

The cardigan is from a pattern in the book Knitting Simple Jackets by Marilyn Saitz Cohen. The book was published in 2006, but the designs are timeless. The styles of jackets in the book go from casual, like the one I’m working on, to classy and elegant. That makes this a great book to have on your shelf. The patterns are fairly easy, as the title implies. If you are an experienced knitter, you could make these projects quickly. If you are a new knitter, these patterns might be a good place to start.

The stitch used in my cardigan is a very easy one. It is called the Bat Stitch. I think I’ve seen this stitch called something else as well, but I can’t remember what it was. The pattern is a two-row repeat, with number of stitches being multiples of three stitches plus one. The first row is all knit stitches. The second row is knit one, with yarn in back slip two stitches purlwise. You repeat that across the row and knit the last stitch. I love patterns where most of the stitches are knit. I don’t mind purl stitches, but I do knit faster than I can purl.

I am using yarn from Berroco called Ultra Alpaca. The color is 6201. The yarn is 50% Alpaca and 50% Wool which is a very nice blend. This yarn is slightly thinner than most medium-weight yarns. I had to work on the gauge quite a bit. I ended up using a bigger needle than the 10 1/2 size that was recommended in the pattern. After finishing the body of the sweater, I have found that I could have gone with a slightly smaller needle than the size 15 that I ended up using. The cardigan is supposed to be loose, so I think it will fit okay, but it wouldn’t have hurt anything to make it a couple of inches narrower.

All I have left to do is finish the two arms, sew up the seams and crochet a border around the edges. Easy-peasy, as long as I don’t get sidetracked by another afghan.

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