Do you ever get the feeling of amazing accomplishment when you try a new knitted piece for the first time? With this cardigan my first thoughts were "I can't believe I've actually knitted this!" It looks so finished, complicated, store-bought (and I mean it as a compliment) and the yarn gives a great stitch definition. The cardigan looks so professional that even I have a hard time remembering that I just spent ages on it!
I have never before knitted such a sweater with such a light weight yarn and I love how the cardigan only weights like 175 grams. It still doesn't feel too thin, and it holds it's shape amazingly well. The yarn, Holst Garn Noble - a blend of wool and cashmere - was a pleasant new acquaintance, something I will definitely use again. It was a joy to knit with and as I mentioned before the stitch definition is outstanding so it's perfect for textured fabrics such as this one. It's also unbelievably warm and doesn't itch my super sensitive skin at all.
After finishing the sleeves in the second smallest size (39") I was afraid my cardigan was turning out a bit too small. My gauge was smaller than given on the instructions, (I went down a needle size because of the light-weight yarn) so I decided to knit the body a size bigger, with the 42" bust. In the hindsight I might have gotten away without the size change since the body now feels a bit loose and I can even button it over my huge baby bump. But I rather have a slightly over-sized cardigan than one that I always have to wear open because it's too tight. Next time I'll knit this I'll have to remember that the 39" cardigan is the right size, especially if using sport-weight yarn and the right needle size.
Over all I'm extremely pleased with this newest addition to my wardrobe and I can definitely recommend this pattern. In the typical Brooklyn Tweed way it's very well written and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The lace-and-cable chart is also easily memorized. The only "complaint" I have is that it seemed to take forever to knit (small needles and lightweight yarn) but the result is definitely worth the effort! Happy knitting!
Pattern: Breckon by Amy Christoffers
from Brooklyn Tweed Wool People Vol. 3
Yarn: Holst Garn Noble, (95% wool, 5 % cashmere)
Needles: 3.0mm and 3.5mm