Carbeth cardi

This is a very busy time of year for me.

But however busy I am, somehow the knitting never stops.

So in the interstices of putting together the West Highland Way book, I’ve also been whipping up a Carbeth cardigan.

I created the cardigan along the same general principles as the jumper: two strands of Buachaille held together, a wide cropped shape, a yoke defined by the graphic angle of its modified raglan shaping . . .

. . . and a straight-cut boat-ish neck, finished with a deep, ribbed collar.

Rather than being rolled, here the collar is turned to the inside and joined (using a nifty seam-free technique).

I-cord edging and buttonholes lend a sleek finish to the front openings.

In fact, I’d say this cardigan is all about the finishing details.

The techniques involved aren’t difficult, and they really make a difference to the garment’s overall look.

Lending the cardigan a neat, almost tailored appearance – it’s basically a warm spring jacket.

It definitely didn’t feel like Spring at first light yesterday morning when we shot these photos.

But this combination of matelot stripes with my yellow Carbeth Cardi still puts me in a jolly springtime mood!

If you’d like to knit your own Carbeth Cardigan, the pattern is now available on Ravelry and kits are in the shop. West Highland Way club members receive a 50% discount on the pattern (watch your inboxes for the coupon!)

Happy knitting! Roll on Spring!