French Braid

While I was waiting for Elia to dry and and avoiding all those projects that I was having bother with I picked up my French Braid Cardigan and FINISHED IT!

I think I can hear Tanis yelling at the screen, FINALLY!!

Pattern: French Braid Cardigan

Yarn: Ella Rae Classics

My Rav Project page

I only cast on for this the day it was released. Then I became buried under a pile of test knits and I didn’t want to pick it up until I knew I could commit the time to work solely on it and finish.

I am so glad I picked this one back up because I absolutely love it and am getting some good wear out of it right now.

This is once again another great pattern from Tanis. Her patterns are always so nicely written and easy to follow. The cardigan has minimal finishing too. It is knit top down starting with the collar so it really is a matter of weaving in 3 ends once you bind off and volia instant cardi. No picking up stitches is a definite bonus in my book. I love the cable and lace pattern that travels around the neck and then slowly starts to sweep outwards.

The sizing is more of a relaxed fit, perfect to throw on over jeans and a tee for a super comfy outfit but would also looking smashing over a dress or smarter attire. This really is something that could be worked into any part of your wardrobe.

I chose Ella Rae Classic that I had just received from a destash sale. I was expecting a completely different shade of green and wasn’t sure I was going to like it at all knit up but I think it grew on me while I was knitting it. It was my first time knitting with Ella Rae Classic and I will definitely be on the look out for more. Its such a plump yarn with great squoosh factor, much nicer than Cascade that seems to thin out when knit.

Renee Anne saved my bacon when I realized that I was going to be one ball short of having enough yardage. I sent her a rav message because she had one skein in her stash in the same lot and she kindly sent it on its way. I needed every bit of that ball because I literally had two yards left once I bound off.

 There was a little bit of griping heard from my photographer today that he wasn’t getting props for the photo’s he was taking. I told him that photographers on this blog work behind the scenes…. Thanks Dad for taking the time to make sure I was happy these.

That was my only garment WIP……… what will be next????

22 thoughts on “French Braid

  1. It’s looks amazing – this is a pattern I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And once again – I love the colour!

  2. Lovely lovely lovely. You look fantastic in that shade of green!
    What a great wip to pick up from a pile of test knits … I can’t wait to see what else comes out. Your red sweater the other days is AMAZING! and you’re the cover shot?! Clever you :)

  3. The cardigan looks great and it fits you perfect! A didn´t notice the pattern on ravelry but with yours… no way not to see it and to put it on my to-do-list!
    Greetings from Vienna,
    Mary

  4. That is a beautiful sweater. I would love this….if I did not have twenty other things in the works or needing to be done. Sigh.

  5. This is a lovely pattern! I love how the cable travels outward from the neck too, and in that minty green! I’ve never knit with this color, but I love it every time I see it. I may need to add to the stash…

  6. Oh! Yay!!! It looks fantastic on you, I love that shade of green, very flattering. I have nothing but love for this FO, I’m so glad you’re happy with it now that it’s done!

  7. That sweater has been in my queue for quite a long time…..I’m all about not having to weave in ends. I may have to move this up the list. I find Cascade to be a tad scratchy. Is that an issue at all with the Ella Rae?

  8. HOOOOOOOOOOORAY! I was hoping you’d finish this up soon! And the one skein I had was just languishing in my stash…I’m glad it went to a good home :)

  9. I’ve got serious sweater fever and you just reminded me of yet another gorgeous pattern that I want to knit. Your French Braid is gorgeous!

  10. What a lovely finish on what looks like such a comfy sweater! The color is perfectly spring-like. And BIG props to the photographer on his amazing work too!! What are you going to knit next, we all wanna know :)

  11. Hi Kelly, I really love this cardigan, from the shaping in the front and the simple cables. I have to have one! You are the perfect model for selling me on it too. Looks great on you. And good work silent-one-behind-the-scenes! When will we hear about these yarn bowls???

  12. Hehe. Kudos to the photographer for all these wonderful pics of Kelly’s fine knits! Beautiful cardigan! Love this shade – very summery.

  13. So glad to see your French Braid. It is absolutely beautiful. Just received an order of Grape from Tanis Fiber Arts to make one for my DIL. Hope it turns out even half as nice! I see you made the small and it looks very comfy on you. Congratulations on color as well. Suits you.

  14. Just reading your comments again. I am finally putting this on the needles. The neck concerns me. You make it look very comfy. Had to fudge the pickup after prov cast on as I did it twice as it was. My DIL is expecting and I don’t want to put the time and money into this beautiful sweater if it is too bulky at neck. My yarn is very soft though.

  15. Working on my 34″ French Braid. Will the sleeves each take a skein? Wondering if I should finish off back with this skein to save 2 for sleeves.

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