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Have been work­ing on this cardi­gan over Jan­u­ary. I have two piles of left­over grey yarn, nei­ther is enough to knit a whole sweater so I thought I would com­bine them in a ran­dom strip­ing pat­tern. The rip­ply tex­ture of garter stitch and the dif­fer­ent tones of grey remind me of the lichens I saw on a road trip to Bruce Penin­su­la two sum­mers ago.



I fol­lowed this cardi­gan pat­tern from Pier­rot. It’s has a nice chart that I learned to read with the help of this won­der­ful doc­u­ment. I fol­lowed all the instruc­tions for stitch count, increas­es and decreas­es in the chart, but I used a larg­er nee­dle (7.5mm), made but­ton holes all the way down the front (though they’re not quite spaced even­ly despite my best efforts. Oh well) and knit­ted every­thing in garter stitch, which I think has a sim­ple, rus­tic look to it that I real­ly love. Like lichens.

Here’s the back view…

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And I thought some nice unpol­ished wood but­tons would go well with the sim­ple garter stitch.

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I’ve been want­i­ng to make a ver­sa­tile grey cardi­gan for a while and I think this is it! I’m very hap­py with it. And I think I’m start­ing to appre­ci­ate the slow­er pace of knit­ting. I still avoid cir­cu­lar nee­dles as much as pos­si­ble (I chose this pat­tern main­ly because it’s knit­ted flat and seamed), but maybe one day I’ll start to appre­ci­ate them too. And because it’s knit­ted quite loose­ly with the rel­a­tive­ly large nee­dles I cro­cheted all the seams togeth­er with a 6.5mm hook.

On a slight­ly sep­a­rate note, I men­tioned a cou­ple of times that I’ve cro­cheted the Mason­ry Jack­et, but it turned out real­ly rather stiff and does­n’t look all that good on me. So I’m pret­ty sure I’m going to take it apart to make some­thing else. I’m think­ing of knit­ting a basic sweater in garter or moss stitch. Would be nice to wear over col­lared shirt. Will keep you posted! 

Have an awe­some week, everyone!



5 thoughts on “lichen

  1. Trish, I just love every­thing about this sweater! The soft­ness of the greys, the ran­dom stripe pat­tern, the scoop of the neck­line, the wood­en but­tons. I’m glad you’ve had some­thing to work on that’s relax­ing. You have a good week, too!

  2. thanks so much, nan­cy! yes, it was total­ly relax­ing! great for knit­ting while watch­ing tv because it’s just plain garter stitch :D

  3. It is beau­ti­ful! I love the idea to use two dif­fer­ent sets of yarn to make up the sweater. The sub­tle stripes are love­ly. Now I know what to do with some of my yarn leftovers! :)

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