I've been wanting to knit a black cardigan for a long time since I wear my black and coral RTW cardigans all the time. But knitting with black yarn is difficult because the stitches are hard to see. Why bother knitting a cabled sweater when no one can see the cables anyway? But I finally found the perfect pattern!
The pattern is Hetty by Andi Satterlund.
And, as with my other Andi sweaters, this one is adorable and I love it.
I used Cascade 220 worsted weight yarn. I bought it at Fabric Place Basement back in Massachusetts. The buttons are from Jo-Ann Fabrics.
Total Cost: $20.94
- Yarn: $19.20
- Buttons: $1.05
- Grosgrain Ribbon: $0.69
I stabilized the button bands with a 7/8" wide grosgrain ribbon from Jo-Ann Fabrics using this tutorial by Lauren of Lladybird. The ribbon stops the cardigan from gaping at the bust line. I ironed black fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the ribbon, sewed the buttonholes on my machine, and hand sewed the ribbon to the wrong side of the button bands. The whole ribbon thing was a real pain and took forever, but it is so worth it. It really does prevent the cardigan from pulling apart between the buttonholes and I love how it looks on the inside.
Side Note: The grosgrain ribbon is pink (I know it's hard to see in this photo - I took like a million pictures and couldn't get a good one, so I gave up) instead of black because I bought a spool of it for a pink cardigan I am currently knitting. So I have like six yards of this pink grosgrain ribbon.
It's already pretty warm here in California's Central Valley so this is probably the last time I will wear this sweater until next winter. Which is kind of sad, but I would be sadder if I were back in Massachusetts with ten feet of snow on the ground.
I didn't change much besides adding two more rows of neckline ribbing for more coverage.
There are more construction details on my Ravelry Project Page.