Knitting: Spring Cardigan

Knitting: Spring Cardigan 
with Ann Rushton 
Saturdays April 12, 19, 26, May 3; 1-3pm 
$50 + supplies 

Photo via Ravelry 

Pattern: Baileys Irish Cream by Baby Cocktails (Please purchase on Ravelry before first class) 

Skill level: Intermediate. You can do it! 

It's spring! It's Iowa! It can still be cold! Let's knit a cute little lacy cardigan with this in mind. What I really love about this pattern is how it's knit in pretty much one piece, save for the sleeves, which we will use as a gauge swatch. In making this sweater you'll learn multiple skills-lace, chart reading, button bands (with perhaps a reinforcing ribbon if we're feeling extra motivated) and so much more. Materials: Lots and lots. All fun. For the class, you'll need pretty much everything in your knitting arsenal, including scissors, ruler or measuring tape, counter, post it notes or magnet board to keep track of charts, stitch markers, and needle and thread. And buttons! Six or seven .5" buttons. Choose a DK weight yarn appropriate for a light sweater. I like Home Ec's Jojoland Tonic for this project, and the Home Ec-ers can order enough for you. (See pattern for amounts.) Also, bring a few different size double point needles for the first class. The pattern calls for size 5, but bring some 4s and 6s to try and we'll decide from there. We can never truly grasp the mystery that is gauge, can we, so let's not take any chances. (Ultimately you'll need one set of DPNs and a 24" needle in the size to make gauge.)