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Calmer-worthy?

I have 10 balls of Calmer in a beautiful pool blue in my stash.  I want to knit a summer weather cardigan with it and can't make up my mind about the pattern.  I have been trolling Ravelry for a while now and need you to chime in.  I know Calmer is pricey (this colour was discontinued, so a good deal) but enough of treating this like it's gold.  It's only good yarn if I knit with it!

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I'm considering things with a gauge between 22 and 19 sts over 10 cm.  I'm worried the 19 sts will be too loose, but for now I'm considering it.

Ariann 

Ariann by Bonne Marie Burns.  Pretty, a little lacy, raglan sleeves, dressy enough for work.  Tested design (321 projects in Ravelry).

Sandrine 

Sandrine.  Another great Bonne Marie pattern.  I really like this one.  But more as a pullover because I don't want to have to button it all the time.  The style is very flattering for me.  But I really wanted a cardi.  Hmm.  I also don't do short sleeves very much without something on top (like a cardi) so this might also go into the "for another yarn" pile.  I *will* make this though.

Loll

Loll.  The advantage of this one is that it was made for Calmer.  I rather like the little fringey bits though it looks like they'll be a bitch to knit.

Diminishing-rib-cardigan-2_medium 

Diminishing Rib.  This was the pattern that made me dig out the Calmer in the first place.  But I have to say, I'm not so hot on it as I look at the finished versions on Ravelry. I would change the neckline and possibly the sleeves which seem to bell our more than in the photo.  I want it to work, but just don't think it will.

Maybe Laura will finish this one.  That's a nice sweater too.  It has very flattering shaping.

Let me know which sweater is Calmer worthy.  But don't suggest a February Lady.  I love it, but it looks terrible on me.

Comments

I am thinking of doing the February Lady, what's wrong with it ? I think Laura's cardi looks amazing though!

I am thinking of doing the February Lady, what's wrong with it ? I think Laura's cardi looks amazing though!

My preference is Ariann, but for that colour, I think it suits Diminishing Rib better.

I say the Laura cadigan! Tell her to finish it asap - I love it and want to make it SOON!!!! :)

How about Cece by Bonne Marie Burns? That's what I am going to make with my Calmer.

I've had my eye on Sandrine (in short sleeves) for a while and I think Calmer would be perfect for it.

When I checked the finished objects on ravelry, I thought Sandrine was the most flattering on the majority of the knitters. I know there are many criteria to take into account (skill, yarn choice, photo skills) but I just think Sandrine looks very flattering. Good luck!

I voted for Ariann because I think it looks like a great summer cardigan, and the calmer would keep the stitch detail nice and crisp. Ultimately, if it were me, I would probably make my decision purely on which pattern would use up the largest amount of the yarn. I hate having leftovers!

Goofy pic of me here: http://www.yarnagogo.com/knitting/2004/05/bella_cardie.html wearing the Bella cardie in Calmer. It's worn GREAT over the years, and I wear it lots every summer. Can't find any flattering pics of the cardie, not even on Ravelry, but I love it. Promise.

I voted for the slip stitch cardigan, but I also think the Ariann would look nice.

I'm having the same trouble as we "speak." I have 9 balls of Calmer and I'd love to make the Apricot Cardigan from Rebecca, but it's 16 spi which I need to admit isn't going to work out. I love Sandrine too!

Ah... February Lady - a lot of people have done this and it looks great on a baby... but seriously if you have boobs - meaning anything that stick out just a bit, it looks awful. I actually convinced someone not to do it - she was top-heavy herself - and when you look it up on Ravelry, you'll see what I mean. That's too bad, because, the construction of that sweater is great and the girl who adapted did a good job. But you cannot wear this if - and I am not talking about being heavy chested - a slight bump, will make it look bad. My opinion however...
The most flattering and practical (knowing this is a cotton yarn) sweater has to have those elements: if you have boobs: v-neck, and for cotton - summery yarn - cardigan !!! Shouldn't be too hard to find. All can be easily adapted for a v-neck... or give the impression like the opening of Arianne does. Cheers !

I voted for Diminishing Rib. I think it would be quite easy to scoop the neckline a bit (my problem with it) and also decrease the bells of the sleeves without too much extra figuring. I love the colour of your Calmer!

I gotta tell you . . . there is very little that is truly Calmer-worthy. I bought the Calmer book specifically for Loll, so it gets my vote, but Arianne is a close second (she's more of a Cascade 220 girl, though).

What about the new Norah Gaughan from Summer 2009 Twish Collective? It looks like a great new summer sweater.... I broke down and bought the pattern yesterday! (Not that I was much of a hold out, since it came out yesterday....)

How about the Dollar and a Half Cardigan from IK Spring 07? That's the leading contender for my Calmer right now.

Not a bad problem to have! My first choice was Ariann but I also really like Laura's Slip Stitch Cardigan. I'm waiting for her to release that pattern myself :)

Check out the Golden Vintage Cardigan in red Calmer at Now Norma Knits

Definitely Laura's.

A few people have posted on ravelry that the Loll fringe is/was pita. JSYK.

Laura just posted the pattern. And now that I've seen the back of hers, I think that's a winner. BTW, I'm a long time lurker & I truly enjoy your blog.

Buahaha.

Now you just *know* what you have to knit!

Hello,
I am also a rebel that is not knitting the February Lady's sweater. I don't know the reason since I do like the sweater. Maybe it is because it really is too popular. I would probably run into someone on the street and we would be wearing the same thing! Anyway, I am a rebel for most "popular" knits, for example: I did not knit a clapotis. Any others out there that didn't get on that band wagon? If you would like more options than those you listed, I like the following:
www dot garnstudio dot com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=111&d_id=5&lang=us
www dot garnstudio dot com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=78&d_id=6&lang=us
www dot garnstudio dot com/lang/en/visoppskrift.php?d_nr=34&d_id=18&lang=en
I am jealous that you have such wonderful yarn for a summer cardigan!
Happy Knitting,
Kelly (wvkelly on Ravelry)

How about Ashbury from the new summer Twist collective? If I had the figure for it I would so be knitting that this summer.

I love Loll and Laura's new cardigan and they have a very similar design feel (and I will admit that I voted without having seen the entry for Laura's cardigan). I think that either of those will make a lovely feminine cardigan pattern without too much annoyance.

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