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I was planning to make a sweater in Malabrigo Rios for a while. I made lots of accessories in this fabulous yarn so a sweater was a must.


When I was planning what colors to buy I knew the sweater had to be green. However, I didn’t want to be too green, no way, so some contrast color was inevitable. I finally decided on green-blue combo, which is actually one of my favorite color pairs. And stripes! Who doesn’t love stripes???? But look closely! These stripes are not just some plain ones – when you join the colors you will work a row of slipped stitches creating a line of “pincers”. These little pincers made me think of various bugs, thus giving me inspiration to name the cardigan “Carabe”. Well, carabe is a beetle.

I made the sweater in September when it was so sunny and did not feel like fall at all. Now I look at these photos and I miss even the tiniest beams of sunshine on my skin. I don’t like November, it’s so gloomy and gray, but thankfully this year I have my Carabe to cheer me up. :-)

Carabe is a seamless striped cardigan knit from the top down.
The design uses contiguous method of shaping set-in sleeves developed by Suzie M.
It is is worked in Stockinette stitch mostly with several Carabe Stripes located on the yoke and next to bottom hem and cuffs. After completing the whole body you will make ribbed front bands and a shawl collar. The shawl collar will be shaped using short rows. At the end the whole band is finished with I-cord bind-off.

Sizes: 28/30 (32/34, 36/38) 40/42, 44/46, 48/50;
The cardigan should be worn with no or little amount of positive ease.

Malabrigo Rios (100% merino; 100g / 210 yards).
Sample was made in colors lettuce (MC) and azul profundo (CC).
Approx yardage: MC/CC 4/1 (4/1, 4/1) 5/2, 6/2, 7/2 skeins.
size M: if you are tall and generally lengthen your garments, I recommend buying 1 more skein of MC yarn.

3.75 mm / US #5 circular needle (60 cm / 24” long) and #5 dpns.
4.5 mm / US #7 circular needle (60 cm / 24” long) and #7 dpns.

6 (6, 7) 7, 8, 8 buttons (about 2.5 cm / 1” in diameter), interlocking stitch markers, tapestry needle for weaving, stitch holders / scrap yarn.

18 sts and 25 rows in 10 cm / 4” in St st worked flat with larger needles (AFTER WASHING).
Take time to save time, check your gauge. If necessary, adjust needle size to obtain the correct gauge.

The design is available on Ravelry and Lete’s Knits website. Until 9th November it’s also 10% off. You do not need any code, the dicount should apply automatically.

Happy knitting!

Ah well…

This week Wojtek needs to stay home again. I knew he would be catching various bugs pretty often, but I never imagined it would be THAT often. I don’t mind him staying home but the thing is that I can see he misses kindergarten. Ah well…

He helps me in my work though :-)

He just loves taking part in all the photoshoots and if he can actually do something that is so much fun for him. So yesterday we wanted to try out a new gift from my hubby – a reflector. It’s super cool as it contains 7 types of surfaces. We tried only two – a silver one and a white one to shoot some yarn that I’m going to CO in the next few days.

I just can’t wait to start working with both of them. They have an amazing color and both are so soft. I will keep you posted about my progress for sure!

In the meantime, Carabe went to testing. I must say this cardigan is going to be my number 1 this winter. The softness of this yarn (Malabrigo Rios) is almost indecent.

And finally a small update on my Grettir. Making a bottom-up sweater is something I really avoid doing like hell, but I just love that first I’m done with the dreaded sleeves (yay to that!) and Jared saved the best (fair-isle) for last. ATM my sleeves are ready and last night I CO for body.

How are you doing this week?


Busy Bee

Last week was very busy. First my son got sick and had to stay home. You know what it’s like when your child skips kindergarten and all your plans fall through. Well, it happened to me…  Thankfully I managed to publish a cardigan design made in wonderful Malabrigo Sock – Criollo .

At the moment the cardigan is at a 10% discount on Ravelry. You do not need to type in any coupon code, just add it to cart and voila.

When Wojtek went back to kindergarten, I was still busy as I volounteered to help his teachers on a trip to a farm. We had so much fun and it was truly good quality time spend with my kiddo. It did keep me away from the keyboard and working though.

But it does not mean I’m not working at all. I am. Three more collaborations are coming in the very near future and I must say I’m truly excited about each of them as they are made with yarns created by very talented dyers.

I also finished a new cardigan design called “Carabe” so a lot of typing is ahead of me.

Hope you and I have a wonderful weekend now!