a cozy cashmere sweater


As you may remember, I worked on this sweater while I was at TNNA this January. I managed to screw up the yoke pretty royally when I got home – I started the v-neck below the underarm, attached the sleeves and went merrily along decreasing for the raglan and the neck, but discovered pretty late that I had actually mis-divided the front for the bust increases and v-neck! I had to rip all the way back to the waist, argh.

But once I got everything back on track it was smooth sailing. I knit this sweater with just five 50g skeins of Handmaiden 4ply cashmere – cashmere is so light, there are a lot of yards per skein. Since the yarn is hand-dyed, I’m not reeeeally surprised about this, but there’s quite a bit of green in this yarn that looked just silver in the skein!


No pattern for this one, sorry – it’s just a simple bottom-up raglan with waist shaping. For the sleeves I did a slight balloon shape – I cast on 48 stitches for the cuff, then increased dramatically to 72 sts, which is the upper arm circumference, and just knit straight up to the underarm. For the V-neck, I started decreasing away a couple inches below the underarm, since I wanted it to be fairly deep. I stuck a little cable along the raglan lines and decreased until there were no more front stitches, then I added on the twisted rib neckband.


I’m not a huge fan of the pooling, but you know what? It’s a cashmere sweater and it’s still super soft and cozy.



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9 responses to “a cozy cashmere sweater”

  1. Lise Avatar

    Your sweater is beautiful. Congratulations on a job well done. Cashmere – oooh!

  2. Kimberly Avatar

    That sweater does indeed look really cozy and very pretty.

  3. Stacey Avatar

    Turned out beautifully! The pooling looks quite pleasant in the photos… more like subtle stripes than icky pools :)
    Bet it’s super soft!

  4. Knittripps Avatar

    Cozy is good! I love the color too. I think it is time to knit myself a cashmere sweater :)

  5. CambriaW Avatar

    Firstly, although I’m sorry to read that you hit some turbulence knitting this sweater, it definitely makes me feel better about my own knitting mistakes, lol. Second, although you’re not a big fan of the pooling, it actually looks nice. No big splotches of color in incriminating locations. Nice job!

  6. julie Avatar

    your sweater is so simple and elegant – it really makes YOU shine, rather than grabbing all the attention. in that first photo you look so fresh faced! perfect for spring.

  7. Maryse Avatar

    I’m surprised there is no pattern since it is so pretty in its simplicity! Good work!

  8. Hyena In Petticoats Avatar

    Hi Laura!

    I’m de-lurking to say that I love this sweater – it fits like a dream!
    I’m knitting something similar right now, and I was wondering what decrease pattern you did for the v-neck? I’ve tried every second row, which doesn’t work, so I’m thinking about doing every third row instead? Any ideas?

    Anyway – lovely knitting – thank for sharing….

    Leah xx

  9. margaux Avatar

    love the simple v-neck!! looks great on you. :-)

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