One of the classic Chanel pieces that I adore is the two-color cardigan. Lagerfeld has designed infinite variations on this theme, all of them gorgeous:
My favorite uses a grey and black color scheme—simple, understated and elegant:
I saw one like this, except without the extra long cuffs and hem, on ebay last year, which was selling on consignment for $700. It was such a simple design, that I thought I could probably knit one like it for one-eighth of the cost. Then I discovered Sarah Hatton’s design, Victoria:
Ravelry link to Victoria
This pattern can be purchased on Ravelry as a single design, although it is part of a wonderful book, Rowan Loves Handknit Cotton and Softknit Cotton. The design can be knitted in Handknit Cotton as well, and the pattern specifications include detailed instructions for using that yarn. It also includes alternate V-neck and round-neck versions, as well as a one-color version, which is a fantastic extra bonus.
Sarah Hatton’s patterns are so modern and elegant, and I think this design really embodies those qualities. I have been really enjoying knitting the V-neck version using black with grey trim, just like that sweater I had eyed on ebay last year. Here are my front and back pieces, unblocked:
I mentioned recently that knitting Temperate by Kim Hargreaves has been quite a slog due to the painstaking efforts I have been taking not to split the yarn.
So I try to alternate every half hour between that project and Victoria to give my hands a break. I often find it really helps to reduce arm and neck strain if I alternate between a project in fine yarn and a project in worsted weight, so this has been working well. Softknit Cotton has a lovely, bouncy soft quality in the hand due to its cabled construction and I do feel it is a terrible pity Rowan has decided to discontinue that yarn.
Then again, I have been hearing rave reviews about Rowan’s Softyak dk, so perhaps I will try knitting a project with that next!