Kauni Cardigan

Kauni Cardigan

Thanks Ruth. It’s a fabulous pattern.

I finally got the buttonholes done!  Here a close up of the best one
. I did use the corrugated buttonhole from Sweaters from Camp but instead of using a cable cast on for the second part of the one row buttonhole, I used a chained cast on. The tough part about this buttonhole is keeping top and bottom sides neat. I kind of fudged that part. Notice that the buttonhole is all one color? It’s not your ordinary one row buttonhole.

I still think buttonholes are a pain.

finished button bandsI’m more pleased with the top and bottoms of the front bands. I used a crochet hook to chain stitch over the last stitch. They line up pretty well with the neck and bottom band but next time I might just try the technique that Margaret D. mentioned in the comments for my last post. Thanks Margaret.

Vanessa asked if the front and back of my raglan are the same. It’s all stockinette stitch. I would loved to have added cables on the front and/or sides but I only brought a swatch in stockinette stitch to class. That’s OK though, there’s so much to do in class that it’s probably a good to start simple.

32 thoughts on “Kauni Cardigan

  1. Your Kauni cardigan is beautiful!
    I’m also working on one, using 2 different
    colorways (green/blue and pink/purple).
    It will be awhile until I catch up to you.
    Thanks for posting all of your helpful info.
    I will probably be referring back to it later.

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  2. perfectly wonderful – I’m still afraid to show mine off on my body – I did take some pix of it on my daughter but it literally swallowed her!
    I’m about to start another one in rust and green (both Kauni effektgarn, BTW).
    thanks for all of your detailed work – you’re much much better at that part of things than I –
    happy weekend,
    margaret

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  3. Thanks to you, there seems to be a shortage of Kauni 😉 They’re flying off the shelves at both Astrid’s and Janette’s!
    It’s gorgeous! Next button band, I’ll try it your way.

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  4. Yes! I love the photos, as usual.
    Makes we want to pick “Ruth’s Kauni Cardi” back up again. If I recall I’m at the point of picking up the sleeves but you know how I hate picking up stitches!
    Good thing I got Kauni before Stephanie got wind of this project! Now its even hotter than before!
    Your version is fabulous! An example of technically precise knitting!
    Do you have a photo of hit on the wooly board? I bet it looked beautiful on that also – but seeing it on you is the best.
    Take care.

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  5. Fabulous work! And nice job on the button holes. I am currently 2/3 done on the last sleeve–and appreciate your tips on button holes. Great pics!

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  6. I am trying to get my Kauni started, but my gauge is closer to standard fair isle — on a US 5 no less!! What was your gauge? The size and colorway look great on you.

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  7. Your sweater is beautiful, and it looks wonderful on.
    I’ve been fussing with buttonholes also, and I tried vertical buttonholes in a vertically ribbed band from the instructions in Katharine Buss’s book. I was disapointed because they were so thick. And so I’m back to one-row buttonholes also. But I’m going to try to use silk buttonhole twist thread around the edges to make them thinner and firmer. I keep thinking that there’s got to be a better way to make a buttonhole that matches the other careful finishing you can do when assembling a cardigan.

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  8. Thanks for all the comments. It’s a fun sweater. I highly recommend it. Really it’s got to be one of the easiest Fair Isle type sweaters.
    Naomi, I didn’t get a picture of it on the woolly board. Sorry.
    Margaret, Can’t wait to see what it looks like in another color way.
    lv2knit, I was able to get close to the gauge with 3.5mm needles. Naomi on the other hand is using needles two sizes larger.

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  9. Melinda, I found this link for a different style buttonhole (www.lanagrossa.com/service/stricktipps/stricktipp_knopfloecher.html) and I tried it out and posted photos of my sample. I think I like it better than the one-row buttonhole that you used–and that I’ve used on other cardigans.

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  10. I have been so inspired by your kauni cardigan that I have visited your blog several times without leaving any comments, which is something I don’t like to do really. But sometimes I just come back to gaze at the beauty of your handiwork!! You are really gifted, and once I found out the pattern was free I just had to order some kauni yarn and jump on the band wagon too! I can’t believe how beautiful your kauni turned out, I hope mine will too. I’m going to refer to your blog for advice when I need it, because you keep such wonderful notes on your progress. Thanks for taking us along on your knitting journey!

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  11. Your Kauni cardigan came out gorgeously. And Kudos to you for beating everyone to the punch on that growing trend! I think I’ve seen it on at least four blogs now! Yours is the first FO I’ve seen though. Fabulous.

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