Cardigan indecision overload! Please. Help. Me.
As a knit-loving girl approaches the end of her second TARDIS sock, her thoughts naturally turn to... sweaters! Said girl will not dwell on the length of her Ravelry queue (though it might be said that even the most productive of knitters might take several lifetimes to complete it) but will instead look ahead to her very next project—another cardigan.
This time I pondered knitting a serious vintage sweater pattern in tiny little fingering weight yarn from one of the A Stitch in Time books (both out of print but available as e-Books) (have you seen Laura Mae's beautiful Tri-Stitch Cable Jumper?!), but... I really need to bust my yarn stash, and the only yarn I actually have enough of is a big old pile of KnitPicks Merino Style DK weight in Eggplant (and a few other colors):
Six Top Contenders:
1. Faith peplum cardigan by Kim Hargreaves from Heartfelt: The Dark House Collection.
- Pros: Peplum! Cool stitch pattern details! A lovely curve-hugging shape!
- Cons: No instant gratification of a quick online purchase... would have to order this book used and wait for it to arrive. GASP. CANNOT DEAL. Not sure about the not-slim sleeves, either.
- Pros: Such an adorable vintage style--I love the figure-hugging waist cables and the short sleeves. And it's free!
- Cons: I'm not sure if it would look too prim on me when buttoned up. And I passed it over last time—there must have been a reason why?
3. Cityscape Cardigan by Laura Chau from Twist Collective.
- Pros: Little colorwork buildings marching around my neck!
- Cons: Eternal plain stockinette boredom knitting hell once the neck fun is all over.
4. Agatha by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots.
- Pros: If Lladybird has knit MORE than one of these, it's got to be an AMAZINGLY fun sweater to knit, am I right? Lots of cool details and shaping and lacy fun.
- Cons: It might emphasize how short-waisted I am?
5. Cherry by Anna Ball.
- Pros: Sweet little vintage-esque cardigan with a cute stitch pattern and defined waist, almost peplum-esque but not quite.
- Cons: Does it actually make any sense to knit a short-sleeved wool cardigan? (pattern suggests cotton, but I do NOT knit cotton after several bad experiences with baggy saggy sweaters of stretched-out misery).
- Pros: Um, hello. STRIPES. CHEVRONED STRIPES. Plus, plunging neckline. Plus, full with color patterning.
- Cons: Same (amazing) designer as Georgina. Not branching out and trying new pattern designers.
I was super super indecisive when I drew all this up... but now that I look at it, I'm dithering between just two, with a strong inclination towards one of them... can you guess? Which cardigan would YOU knit if you were me?