Alpenglühen

(日本語は英文のあとに続きます。Text in Japanese will follow English)

This is my second piece of hand-made knitwear, my interest in knitting growing steadily since making the lacey top in the summer.  I find it so relaxing to knit in between sewing projects as it is easy to pick up and leave off and do just about anywhere!

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The weather in Tokyo is still not cold enough to wear this but I am sure I will get a lot of wear out of this once the weather gets colder. It is actually the yarn which inspired me to knit this time. I came across Malabrigo yarns randomly through a Japanese online shop, ordered some, and then found this lovely Alpenglühen pattern on Ravelry. It was so easy to follow even though it was my first time working with a non-Japanese pattern (Japanese patterns give instructions using a grid with numbers and symbols on it instead of text).

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I love the modern fit with the waist-shaping  and the traditional feel of it (the cables). The yarn is super soft and a dream to work with.

This time, I blocked the cardigan by spraying water onto it instead of submerging the entire thing in water like I did with my last project. It was a lot easier to handle and it dried overnight, without any mildewy smell like I experienced with the last project after blocking as it took so long to dry.

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The project went very smoothly, the whole cardigan took only 1.5 months of infrequent knitting. The only bottleneck was when I had to choose the buttons. I wanted something really special so I picked up several types of cute vintage buttons from a cute little shop in the neighbourhood to see whether they would work, but they stood out too much.  Eventually I discovered bags of discontinued old stock of buttons in a local sewing shop which which are shoved behind a display of buttons, and rummaging through these bags, I found these marbly grey buttons – nothing special but I think they “blend in” pretty well:)

This was such a positive knitting experience I can’t wait to start my next project!

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Quick facts:

Pattern: Alpenglühen by Isabell Kraemer on Ravelry
Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted in Stone Blue (used 3.5 skeins)
Needles: US 7 , US 8
Size: XS

What are on your knitting needles?

パターン:Alpenglühen by Isabell Kraemer on Ravelry
毛糸:Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted (Stone Blue)を 3.5玉ぐらい使いました。毛糸ピエロで購入
編み針:輪針8号、10号
サイズ:XS

セーターを編むのが今回で2回目ですが、前回は日本語の編み物本を参考したので、Ravelryの英語のパターンを使うのが初めてでした。

とても簡単にできて説明もわかりやすかったのでおすすめです。最後にする形を整うためのブロッキングですが、前回編み終わったニットトップスを丸ごと水に入れてブロッキングしたら(蒸し暑い真夏だったからか)乾くのに2日以上かかったためカビ臭くなってしまい、なかなか匂いがとれません。今回はなるべく早く乾くように、丸ごと水に入れずスプレーボトルを使って濡らしてブロッキングを行いました。そうすると吸収する水分が比較的に少なく一晩で乾いたので、嫌なにおいがつきませんでした。

Ravelryは本当にかわいいパターンがたくさんありますね!でも、国内の編み物本も素敵ですね。次何を編むか迷い中です・・・

みなさんは何を編んでいますか。

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9 thoughts on “Alpenglühen

    1. Thank you, I am happy to hear you like it! hehe, you have a good eye – I was doing homework for German class when I took a break to take these photos and used the dictionary as a prop – funny coincidence:)

  1. It looks great. I’ve been thinking to start knitting a cardigan for some time now and this is great inspiration. It also helps if you say it’s easy to knit because I’ve only knitted a scarf until now!🙂

    1. thank you, that’s very kind of you:) it was very enjoyable to knit this pattern as there is variety in stitches yet it is still straight-forward.

  2. What a gorgeous cardigan, it’s perfectly made! I take a year to knit a mini scarf so I’m totally impressed with your skills🙂 Also spraying the sweater to block it is a very good tip, thanks for sharing.

    1. thank you for your kind comment:) I think I was motivated to knit this one fast because the falling temperatures remind me of how cold Tokyo can be in winter!

  3. Very pretty! Perfect yarn and button choice. I love how the cables melt into the ribbing at the bottom. I used to knit a lot but haven’t recently, I think you are right though, it could be a nice thing to pickup in between sewing projects.

    1. Thank you! I really enjoyed knitting those cables because they added just enough variety to make the knitting process interesting:)

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