I finished knitting a cardigan back in August, and I've been wearing it a lot. It's one of my favourite things to wear currently - ideal for a summer's day when it's not too hot. (So ideal for a British summer. Or especially warm October weather, as we are having just now.) And I haven't yet written about it - mainly because I haven't had any photos of it until today. Anyway, here it is.
The design is Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier (no idea why it's called that). I saw a sample knit in a yarn shop in Portland, Oregon, last year, where I bought the pattern and yarn for my Boardwalk pullover, also by Heidi Kirrmaier and a very successful knit. The Vitamin D sample caught my eye at the same time, and I remembered the name.
It's an interesting construction, with no seams at all, a great selling point. You start at the back of the neck, and knit it all in one piece from there. I love the drapy fronts - the fullness is created with short rows. The eyelets are functional, incidentally, not just decorative - i.e. every eyelet is an increase of one stitch.
I like the fact that the fronts are drapy without hanging below the back - they don't get in the way, and are tidier than they look. Heidi Kirrmaier says that it's important to choose a yarn that drapes well, and I picked DMC Natura 4-ply cotton, which I have knitted with before. It comes in a lovely range of colours (this one is called Blue Jeans), is good to knit with and I think is just right for a summer cardigan.
The back looks good too, and it's long enough for me - I often have to lengthen tops, but not this one.
Altogether a very successful knitting project.