For my birthday last year Miss Chrissy challenged me to knit another cardigan and gifted me the Marion pattern by Andi Satterlund. I don’t think she knew how much of an obsession this would turn into for me hahaha!
This was actually the first time I had made anything from a proper commercial pattern so when I looked it over the first time I wanted to quit just a little bit because it looked very complicated.
Turns out that it wasn’t… at all!
Chrissy and I decided to make matching cardigans that we could wear when she came to visit and then neither of us actually finished in time hahaha! You can see how hers turned out on her blog here!
My first step was buying yarn. I really just had single balls and odds and ends in my stash because huge projects like this scared me. I wanted beautiful yarn which would last a long time, be fun to knit with and was kind of luxurious.
Treating myself to high quality yarn was an important part of the motivation for this project because I knew I had to make it work for fear of wasting the money ;D
I went to Morris & Sons and purchased a 10 pack of Fribra Natura Sensational yarn. I was lucky because they were having a super sale and it was heavily discounted.
The yarn I picked was a really bouncy merino super wash which means I don’t need to stress about my hard work being destroyed in the wash. I really loved knitting with this yarn because it’s so squishy and bouncy.
The resulting cardigan is soft and warm enough for winter. It’s been through the wash 5 or so times already and there’s no pilling or particular wear so I would definitely buy more of this yarn.
I did find it irritating to have to flip back and forth from the page with the cable instructions to the page with the rest of the instructions so I imported them into a drawing app on my ipad and placed the pages side by side to read at once. This helped me keep track of where I was up to as well because I could mark off on the pattern and just erase that layer on the next repeat.
Make sure you check out Chrissy’s version as even though we went from the same pattern they turned out very differently. You can also see the cabling on hers much more clearly than mine and it’s lovely!
I think what really threw me about the cable sections was that it travels so the cable scallops. I was never really able to memorise the repeats well enough to be able to wing it.
I love the fit and finish of this pattern so much that I’m working on another one right now from it but in a lace stitch. Having looked through Andi Satterlund’s other designs, they are all on my wish list now *_*
And from now on I know to look for top down designs which are knit in one piece because the cardigan I knit after this one was the opposite of that and it drove me NUTS. More on my lace related mental breakdown next time.
So thank you to Chrissy for giving me such an awesome birthday gift and challenging me to try something new! I’ve finished my third cardigan and I’m about to start my 4th soon 😀
This face says “Hmmm which one should I knit next…?”
Bonus photo: yarn rainbow!