A 6-Day Sweater

You read that right… 6 days! That is a definite record for me. I’d have to say that the Effortless Cardigan is appropriately named as it took little to no effort to knit it up. And I enjoyed knitting every minute of it!

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

I love wearing it! It looks amazing in all three different ways that I wore it – open, pinned in the center and pinned to the side. I like that it’s so versatile so it’s easy to wear.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

It fits beautifully too. I did the 42″ size and instead of 4.75spi I knit it at 4.5spi to give it a little more ease. I like how roomy it is, but I definitely could have done this one at 4.75spi and been fine, so it wasn’t really necessary to go up a needle size.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

I love the color as well! This was knit up with MadTosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket. I alternated the skeins throughout the body but not on the arms or the collar/bands. It was important to alternate so as not to get pooling, as you can see that it did pool a bit on the arms where I didn’t alternate.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

The sweater was a bit large on the shoulders for me (I have small shoulders, I think, as I’ve had this problem with other knit sweaters before) so I gave it a quick tumble in the dryer and now it’s good.

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

I absolutely love wearing this sweater, and would totally recommend it to everyone!

Effortless Cardigan - FINISHED

Pattern – Effortless Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (project link | pattern link)
Yarn – Madelinetosh Tosh DK in Amber Trinket (rav link | store I used)
Needle – US9 (5.5mm)
Cast on – December 26, 2010
Cast off – January 1, 2011
Modifications – I knit the sleeves to 14” to make them a little longer and only did two sets of increases after the waist decreases instead of three as I didn’t think I needed any more. Glad I did this – in fact I think I could have omitted the increases altogether, but it looks fine with just the two I did do. I made the cardigan at 4.5spi instead of 4.75spi to give it an extra inch of space. I probably could have done without this and just done the 4.5spi but I do like the roominess in it.

And I especially love these pictures because I can finally see my weight loss paying off! I’ve lost 14lbs since October and although my clothes fit better, I wasn’t seeing the results in the mirror. These pictures do show it to me, though, so I’m happy about that. 😀


26 responses to “A 6-Day Sweater

  1. littlesparrowknits 01.02.2011 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, it’s gorgeous!! I love love love that variegated yarn! The colors in it look so pretty together.

  2. Andrea 01.02.2011 at 5:24 pm

    That looks gorgeous! And it really fits you so well. That’s the kind of instant gratification I like: a couple days knitting then BAM a sweater.

  3. Heather 01.02.2011 at 5:26 pm

    Wow. 6 days! I really love the color on you. The sweater looks lovely on you,

  4. Jackie 01.02.2011 at 5:33 pm

    You are a knitting goddess! LOVE this! And I can’t believe it only took 6 days. Isn’t the MadTosh DK divine? I love the stitch definition it gives. I keep going back to the pictures of your sleeves to look at the pretty stitches.

  5. Kim 01.02.2011 at 5:59 pm

    Oh my…I LOVE this. Perhaps a first sweater for me…love it!!!

  6. Mel 01.02.2011 at 6:08 pm

    That is a lightning fast knit and you look great in it! I’m so tempted to knit this myself, it looks so cozy. Congrats on your weight loss, what an achievement!

  7. fridica 01.02.2011 at 6:52 pm

    The colours! Ooooh the colours!

  8. sue 01.02.2011 at 7:29 pm

    It looks beautiful on you. Lovely color too!

  9. Tasha 01.02.2011 at 8:59 pm

    Just what I needed – another sweater for my queue. I totally love it!

  10. Mandy 01.02.2011 at 10:56 pm

    Gorgeous! You wear it well.

  11. autumngeisha 01.03.2011 at 12:51 am

    You look effortlessly amazing in that lovely sweater. I love the pictures of the different ways to wear it. In fact, this has convinced me that I need this versatile cardi in my wardrobe, although I doubt I could knit it in 6 days. Wow!

  12. atangledyarn 01.03.2011 at 7:58 am

    wow, it looks absolutely perfect! and i love the color!!! 6 days…hum… that makes me want to knit this!!

  13. julie 01.03.2011 at 10:45 am

    Way to power knit. Looks great on you. Think I need to move this pattern higher in my queue!

  14. Alexandra 01.03.2011 at 11:52 am

    Beautiful! And 6 days?! Amazing! I have the yarn for this (Tosh DK Cherry) and your pictures make me want to start knitting it right now 🙂 Congratulations on the weight loss! That’s wonderful! I want to lose some weight too, and I know how hard it is.

  15. mooncalf 01.04.2011 at 7:41 am

    That is gorgeous. Excellent combination of yarn and pattern. I’m amazed by how quickly you knit it though – 6 days!

  16. kala 01.04.2011 at 3:12 pm

    Wow, that looks stunning on you! And 6 days for a sweater, you are one fast knitter!

  17. Robin 01.04.2011 at 10:46 pm

    Very pretty, it looks great on you!

  18. cici 01.05.2011 at 12:30 am

    fabulous… Happy New Year!!!

  19. WorstedKnitt 01.05.2011 at 3:15 am

    Amazingly pretty! It really looks great on you, and I can imagine it feels very comfortable, too. 6 days is indeed a record time!

  20. shortly24 01.06.2011 at 4:01 am

    Gorgeous! I love this colourway, and it looks amazing on you. I adore the pattern – gorgeous, Must go queue it!

  21. June P 01.06.2011 at 6:19 am

    Looks beautiful on you!

  22. Linda 01.06.2011 at 12:03 pm

    Gorgeous cardigan! It just looks so nice to wear and I love the way the front hangs. Well done on the weight loss, I lost 2 stones last year and felt so good, its hard work isn’t it!

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  24. Lindsey 01.27.2011 at 6:40 pm

    6 days- DK?! I think we need to check to make sure you’re not a robot.

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