Adventures in Knitting: Harvest Cardigan


I knit a sweater, ya’ll! Over the summer, my (future) sister-in-law and I agreed to knit our first sweaters at the same time. Becky has been knitting much longer than I have, and she’s the one who originally taught me how to knit, so I felt honored to be able to help her push her knitting boundaries a little bit.


We both chose free patterns from Tin Can Knits. She chose the Flax Pullover and I chose the Harvest Cardigan. I knit my first ever swatch for this pattern. But, after two different swatches, I never got recommended gauge. Anxious to get started, I sized up to a 10.5 needle for the body of the cardigan and started knitting.


The pattern was easy to follow, and not too complicated. I certainly learned a few new techniques along the way, but I didn’t find knitting a sweater to be overwhelming. This pattern starts by knitting the ribbing around the front of the sweater. It is then worked top-down in stockinette, and live stitches are left to come back to for the armscyes as you keep knitting down the body. The sleeves are knit as the last step. I wanted to knit the sleeves two-at-a-time using magic loop, but couldn’t wrap my head around how to set that up. Instead, I knit them one-by-one using magic loop. My gauge changed pretty dramatically when I went from knitting back and forth to in-the-round on the sleeves (all on the same needle). You can see that in my shoulders. I’m not sure what that’s about. Has anyone else had this issue?


The yarn I used is Cascade’s Pacific yarn, which is a washable acrylic and wool blend. When I brought this sweater to my knitting group, a few more experienced knitters were ooing and aahing over the texture. Apparently I twist my stitches when I purl, so this isn’t technically knit in plain stockinette. It’s all I know how to do, though!


I’m very proud to be able to say that I’ve knit a sweater. It is quite warm to wear, much more so than any of my other cardigans (maybe with the exception of this cocoonish Carrie Cardigan. I feel like the fit could be better. The sleeves feel baggy (probably due to my gauge issues), and it doesn’t really want to stay put around my neck. I am certainly not going to go back and change anything at this point, though. Knit and learn!

Yarn: Just over 4 skeins of Cascade’s Pacific yarn from Freeman’s Creative
Needles: US10.5 circular, US8 circular
Cost: $41.66
Time: 83 days

5 thoughts on “Adventures in Knitting: Harvest Cardigan

  1. Katie B

    It’s beautiful! Yes, it’s common to have different gauge between knitting straight and in the round. Knitters frequently purl more loosely than they knit. If you’re twisting purl stitches that might throw it off a bit more. I’m happy to take a look if it’s helpful! Very Pink Knits has some great tutorials on gauge.

    You did a fabulous job with your first sweater!


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