joji, locatelli, neon cardigan, knit cardigan, handmade cardigan

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I finished my not so neon, Joji Neon cardigan a few weeks ago but it was a while before I found time to take photos. This is the Neon Cardigan by Joji Locatelli. Joji is one of my favourite designers on Ravelry. I basically have every one of her designs in my Ravelry queue. She also only started knitting a few years ago which is pretty inspiring for anyone thinking of starting to design patterns out there. I started this cardigan with a knitalong that Joji was hosting on her Ravelry forum. She regularly hosts various knitalongs so it’s a good place to visit if you need info or help when working with one of her patterns.

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I would say this pattern is for an advanced beginner. It was knit from the top down using the Contiguous method. No seaming required here! The textured stitch is pretty easy to learn and once learned it’s a very straightforward knit. I love how the hand dyed Madelinetosh DK Twist yarn in Peri looks with this stitch. It really brings out the texture well. I started knitting this in early April and finished by the end of May. (Eek I’ve just realised quite how long this has been waiting to be photographed!!) I think it could be finished sooner but I was also working on lots of sewing projects at the time and the sleeves were abandoned for quite a while. Part of the reason why I haven’t taken photos is that I’ve been very busy lately and I’ve also been suffering terribly with allergies so whenever I had time to take photos I didn’t feel very well. That’s also why there aren’t really any pictures of me wearing the top. My vanity won in this case – nobody wants to see my red nose and watery hayfever eyes!

I’m delighted with how my Neon has turned out and I’ve been wearing it a lot despite the fact that it’s summer. Whenever it’s a little cooler out this gets whipped out! It’s really comfortable and a great fit. So what Joji pattern is next on my list? I’m trying to decide between Window to my Soul and Boxy. I’m going to finish both at some point but which to do first?

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In the meantime I’ve started working on my Francoise crochet top by Debbie Bliss. You may remember it from one of my early Love List features. I’m about 40 squares in. I have to make 128 in total and that’s before stitching the whole thing together! It will be worth it in the end though.

 

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  • http://www.jenniferlaurenvintage.com/ Jennifer Lauren

    I love your cardigan! And GRANNY SQUARES! I’m on a bit of a granny square kick at the moment…I can’t stop making them :)

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks Jennifer – I’ve become obsessed with making them too! There’s such satisfaction finishing each one and they don’t take too long so if you have 20 mins in front of the tv you can get a couple done :)

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/ Ginger

    Cute! I love this stitch pattern– it’s really pretty!

  • http://caughtonawhim.com/ Erica

    Your sweater is lovely! I’m wanting to learn to knit one of these days, but since I started with learning to sew this year I’m putting it off for right now. I can’t wait to see how your crochet top comes out. :)

  • http://bennomusik.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    What a pretty stitch! I can’t wait to see how your new project turns out – I’m really into lacy crochet lately!

  • Thimble & Cork

    Wow this is beautiful! I love the color! My vote goes to boxy – I love them both, but boxy is super unique and looks so cozy. I love seeing your knitting makes!

    • http://www.mabelmakes.com/ Stephanie

      Thanks! Ya I’ve been leaning towards Boxy too. It seems so comfy too :)

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