Snook’s Hipster Cardy
As my knitting buddies know, this has actually been finished for more than a month but I’ve only just now gotten around to documenting it. This was my entry to the 2011 Sydney Royal Easter Show, where it didnâ€™t win anything. The pattern is “#17 Man’s Cable Cardigan” by Josh Bennett for the Winter 2009/2010 issue of Vogue Knitting. (Many thanks to Reecie for lending me the pattern.)
The Snook was not initially receptive to the idea of a cardigan, because they seemed either a) too daggy and â€œgrandpaâ€ or b) too hip and trendy. Thatâ€™s when I started calling it the Hipster Cardy. I told him that as a bicycle-riding, bearded I.T. nerd from the Inner West it was his sacred destiny to wear an ironic grandpa cardigan. So I knitted it anyway, knowing heâ€™d like it once he had it on. Heâ€™s worn it several times now. Weâ€™ve had some fun staging photos where I tell him to â€œLook supercilious! Like you think my favourite band is crap!â€ and stuff. â€œMore condescending! Sneer at my carbon footprint!â€
Itâ€™s actually a very nice cardy and he does sincerely like it. I was worried about the ribbing along the buttons, because I had seen others that came out very wavy and ripply. The instructions say to cast off as loosely as possible, which seems INSANE. That would just make it more ripply! I did a sewn cast-off, and Iâ€™m mostly happy with it. He tends to only do up a couple buttons anyway, which means you canâ€™t really tell.
The wool is Brooklyn Tweed Shelter in “Pumpernickel” (a nice dark flecky brown). I actually knitted on the recommended needles (4mm and 4.5mm). The buttons are vintage men’s buttons I got at All Buttons Great and Small. (Ravelry details)
And as always, the Easter Show judges can suck it. 🙂