The “Better Late Than Never” Kara Cardigan

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Finally!  I have seamed and taken pictures of my Kara cardigan and am ready to share!  I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I actually knit this beauty last July and have yet to wear it out.  It was my first foray into seaming and for some reason, I was extremely reluctant to dive in! A little intimidation and some serious finishing procrastination (in general!) meant that this sat for months in a ziploc bag in my overflowing WIP drawer.

2014-03-29 17.20.37I took it out and blocked it in the fall when Gail posted her extremely gorgeous version but that’s as far as I got. A little push from Andrea and Kristin and an upcoming visit from Gail in which I wanted to play twinsies and I found the missing motivation needed to finish this right up. Took no time at all, which only emphasizes how ridiculous I was being!

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Anyway, on to the deets (my Ravelry notes can be found here).  This is the Kara cardigan from Cecily Glowik MacDonald. I made this using the Cascade sport, which was my first time working with this yarn. Cascade never disappoints in my opinion and I won’t hesitate to use this particular base again. It was inexpensive with surprisingly nice stitch definition! This sweater was designed to be worn with a good amount of positive ease and I will say that the fit here is a wee more snug than it would have been had I finished it in July! A common theme this year but rather than whine about arthritis, injuries and an increasing departure from the marathon-loving athlete that I was, I’ll just say that I still love this sweater as it fits now! Andrea and Kristin have also tried this on and it looked great on both of them. My point is that I really think it’s hard to go wrong with this pattern!

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i-cord edge

I’m  trying hard to remember if I made any significant changes to this pattern and none come to mind. Again, such a procrastinator! I did finish the ribbing using an icord bind-off and I quite like the tidy edge. The only downside was that I had never tried this method before and I didn’t realize how rigid it was. It’s not terrible here but I do find it a bit tight at the back of the neck. A patient few minutes with some steam and gentle pulling has loosened it up though so all is well!

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Taking a nap?

It’s late and I can’t think of anything else that needs to be said about Kara.  I wasn’t joking when I said that I have been slow with the finishing touches on my makes these days so be prepared to be bombarded with sweater posts this week!

Cheers!

Sara

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17 thoughts on “The “Better Late Than Never” Kara Cardigan

  1. OMG it’s gorgeous! Seriously, I like it better than mine! I might have to pick up some magenta yarn and go for round two 🙂 Can’t wait to see it and you IRL!

    • Thanks Gail! And I had the same thought when I saw yours so I guess we both chose well! Though a magenta version would look far better on you than a Honey one would on me! Also looking forward to seeing you this week!

  2. I LOVE this sweater! Gorgeous work. (Remember, I will take it if you ever give it away! :-)) Actually, I have a couple of hand made sweaters that might work for you, in my closet right now. Not for trade, just for a gift!. Next time I see you, you can try them and see if you like them / they fit / you might like them.

    And your hair looks so good in these photos!

    • Thanks, K! Seeing this cardigan on you and Andrea was one of the primary motivators to finish it! Seems to look great on everyone who tries it on! Alas, I kind of love this one so think I may be keeping it (jury is still out on the red Urban tank).

  3. Sara, this colour is GORGEOUS on you! Seriously, I thought coral was your colour, but magenta may have just taken the prize. You already know I really like Kara (and you are making want to jump on the bandwagon) so I don’t have to gush to much again, but I will say that you look super pretty in all these photos.

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    • Thanks Michelle! The sweaters I’ve done since finishing this are seamed (including the current Channel cardigan for your KAL) and I do enjoy the process now that I have gotten over the irrational fear!

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    • Thanks, Silvia! This cardigan (colour and style) looks great on everyone who has tried it on. I just saw your Ravelry message and I will get back to you on the colour code. And the glasses are new so I’m still getting used to them but I think I like them as well!

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