I swear my new favourite thing about knitting is fuzzy knits. Mohair and alpaca have been popping up left right and center and that “halo” or super fluffy texture is just my jam. Seems like I’ve not alone either, as the world is on a craze of “Teddy Bear Coats” and I’m seeing them everywhere.
As I was shopping with my mom on boxing day we popped into Banana Republic and I saw the cutest light teddy cardi that I had ever seen. Of course with me being me - I said I would make it and sent an email to my friends over at Lion Brand. But with other designs on the closer horizon, I let it settle in my brain for later and more spring temps.
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If you’ve ever been in a Michaels, chances are you’ve seen Lionbrand yarns “Homespun” in the isles - maybe you’ve even worked with it before, as it’s literally been around for DECADES. To be honest - this stuff is NOT my fav and I’ve avoided it like the plague in the years past. I had heard it was really hard to knit with, and I wasn’t sure if I liked the way it looked knit up.
Well que Evelyn and Peter and her kodiak bomber. I DIE! She made it in both the Go For Faux fur, as well as the Thick N quick version of Homespun and I knew I had to give the yarn a chance. PS - I am so happy I did, because look at what it created! Note: I heard a lot of people saying this yarn was hard to work with. But with a thicker pair of knitting needles (this pattern uses 8mm), it does just fine! Just be aware that you’ll need a little more concentration to make sure your needles don’t pick up the wrong “part” of the yarn, as it does have waves in it - but trust me, it’s worth it for the texture alone
THE TEDDY CARDI
The Teddy Cardi is half based on the cardigan I saw in Banana Republic, and half a spin on my very own All Day Cardigan pattern. I knew that I wanted a long duster type version so I based the pattern off the same style and shape. I wasn’t sure how fuzzy I wanted, so I swatched the homespun up in garter, stockinette and reverse stockinette. The stockinette sold me and I went to town.
This is an advanced beginner knit. You’ll need to know how to cast on, knit, purl, decrease, knit flat, knit in the round, bind off.
MATERIALS YOU’LL NEED:
•Size US11/8mm DPN (For three needle bind off)
•1 stitch marker
I originally planned on making it reversible, but sadly it didn’t pan out after picking up the sleeves. Whop whaaa. That being said the pockets in this pattern are freaking GENIUS! They’re after thought pockets, and totally seamless - making the whole PIECE completely seamless.
This cardi has been my go to “jacket” for the spring, and I can’t wait to pair it with some cut off jean shorts, a white tee and birks. What would you wear yours with?