Even though this pattern is called a cardi, I think of it more like a vest, and so chose it to knit for my Vestuary project. It made me happy that I had a great yarn in my stash all ready for it, and I finished it in time to wear to the Film Festival this weekend! (Which was very interesting, although I'm quite tired now...)
Pattern - Creature Comforts Cardi from MadelineTosh
Yarn - Noro Cash Iroha, 7.5 skeins, colourway 106
Needles - 4.5mm Denise interchangeables
Notes - I knit the smallest size for this pattern, and was dreadfully concerned all the way through that it was going to be too small. I always forget how much Noro yarn seems to grow upon blocking, though, and the finished fabric is beautifully soft and drapey, and the fit is just right. I did go down one needle size in order to get gauge, and I didn't knit the ribbing on a smaller needle, because I was concerned about stretching the rib over my *ahem* motherly hips. Although I knit to the correct length, and then blocked the piece before seaming, I still needed to stop the arm seam about an inch short (I used some leftover sock yarn for the seaming - do not try it with the Cash Iroha).
I'm thrilled with the finished knit - it's soft and comfortable to wear, and I forsee it being a versatile part of my wardrobe. It went beautifully from work to the film festival to home. Plus, the leaf panel up the back is terribly impressive, and leads to lots of comments and compliments from people around you... and what's not to like about that?