About a year and a half ago, my mum asked me to knit her a cardigan. I’d already knit her one for Christmas the year before, but she wanted something that was lighter and more suitable for Singapore weather. And she wanted it in red. In secret, I started working on a Kim Hargreaves pattern, Evie, and I finished in just in time for Christmas 2009. Unfortunately, it ended up being too big. I promised her I would revisit the cardigan and reknit it in a smaller size, but I never got around to it.
Then when my mum visited me in August, I showed her Emelie and she asked if I would knit her one as well. She liked the idea of having a cardigan I had not only knit, but also designed, and of course I was thrilled. I picked out a new red yarn, the absolutely stunning Paprika shade from new indie dyer Hermosa Fiber Company and set to work.
This time around, I knit the longest length to suit my mum’s tall frame. Since the MCN fingering is a little bit lighter than the Jitterbug I used in the original pattern, I also knit at a slightly smaller gauge and went up a size to compensate. The result is a flattering cardigan that fits my mum perfectly. It’s the right length and size, and even the set-in sleeve caps look made for her.
Overall, it’s probably one of my favourite garments I’ve knit so far. I really loved working on this cardigan for my mum and I hope she loves wearing it. If you’re interested in the pattern, it’s available on Ravelry for US$6.