Completed: The Hetty Cardigan

11 Jun

Omg, when was the last time I posted a completed knitting project? It’s been far too long.


I guess we can make up for it now! Everyone, meet Hetty πŸ™‚


Hetty is a sweet, cropped cardigan knit entirely in lace, which makes it perfect for warmer spring/summer months. The cardigan is knit seamlessly from the top-down, which means there’s no seaming after you’ve finished the knitting – just a block and buttons and it’s ready-to-wear! I really prefer these seamless top-down (and occasionally bottom-up) patterns, as the whole seaming thing just really puts me off haha.


As you can see, I went the copycat route and basically copied Andi verbatim with my pretty spring green yarn. Both the pattern and the yarn were actually gifted to me by reader/Ravelry follower, Julia. I was planning on joining the Hetty Knit Along when I received these goodies (which means I’ve been sitting on this pattern+yarn for… almost a year now, eep!), but other projects got in the way and I wasn’t actually able to start this until March. Oh well! Better late than never πŸ™‚


So… let’s talk about this pattern a little. Theoretically, this is a fairly simple pattern with VERY easy lace work. The open lace work, the cropped length, and the short(ish) sleeves mean that this should be a pretty quick knit. For me, I did struggle a lot with getting the lace work to properly match up. This is because the side seams are knitted in stockinette, so that the decreases can fit. Since the stockinette count can change from row to row, I had a hard time remembering *where* to start my lacework pattern, and thus a lot of it did not line up. I ripped out a significant amount of this sweater – including the entire back about four times (I think, I lost count because it was just too depressing haha), because I hated how the lacework wasn’t lining up. Despite all this ripping out, I still got the sweater finished in about two and a half months. I can only manage to knit a couple of hours a week at this point, so that’s pretty freaking fast!


Here is my biggest tip regarding that damn lacework – once you start getting to stockinette territory, place a marker at the beginning of one of the lacework repeats. Doesn’t matter which one (although I’d recommend one that is a couple repeats away from where the stockinette begins) – this will just give you a visual indication of where a lace repeat needs to START, and from there you can count back to the beginning and see how many lace repeats will fit/need to be turned into stockinette. I hope this makes sense! It’s kind of hard to tell where the repeats start when you’re in the middle of a row, and I’m pretty fucking awful at tell where patterns start when I’m looking at them vertically, so this was the only way I could keep the lace pattern consistent and stacked correctly. I also only figured this out one I got to the second sleeve, hence all my ripping out. Oh well – learn from my mistakes, ok? πŸ™‚


Here you can sort of see the lace repeat as it turns into stockinette. Very clever for the way this is constructed, as you don’t have to worry about messing up the lace with additional decreases, but like I said – it can totally get confusing. Use those stitch markers!



Also, that “easy to memorize” lace pattern was VERY hard for me to memorize! I did finally get the hang of it… again, about halfway through the second sleeve. Haha! Oh well!


Despite my big giant lace-induced headache, this was a fun sweater to knit up. I really love the open lace design and I’ve already gotten quite a bit of wear out of it – the light, open lace makes this so nice to wear in chilly air conditioned buildings, and the color is nice and summery πŸ™‚



I used Cascade 220 yarn (my favorite! β™₯) to knit this, and I made the size Small. Based on my gauge swatch, I was able to get gauge with size 6 needles (seems about right for me + worsted weight yarn). Fair warning – this sweater is pretty tiny while it’s being knitted. I can’t even tell you how many people asked me who’s baby I was knitting a sweater for haha (Answer: NO BABIES! Are you fucking KIDDING me?? haha!). But as you can see, it blocked out very nicely! I soaked this guy in warm water and squished it around on a towel until the lace opened up and the size was accurate for my body. I just love how it turned out!




Oh, and I’m wearing my navy Hollyburn in these photos, fyi. Thought they kind of showed the skirt better than the photos in the last post! Plus, I love combination of these two colors πŸ™‚


I promise I did take photos of the sweater laid out in all it’s fully glory, but Flickr REFUSED to believe that the files were actual photo files. So… have some close-ups, I guess?


Vintage buttons + petersham at the button band! I used neon yellow petersham because that’s what I had on hand, and I think it looks really pretty with the green πŸ™‚

Speaking of Petersham, I did take photos of the process of attaching it to the button band, so keep an eye on this space next week for a TUTORIAL! Woohoo! I’ve had loads of people ask how I attach the petersham, so hopefully this will be helpful to ya πŸ™‚


Love looking at close-ups of handknits πŸ™‚


Sooo, there ya go! Pretty Hetty, just in time for… summer πŸ˜‰ Now to finish my Sunshine yellow Myrna for the OAL (which is coming along FAST – almost done with the first sleeve!). Full Ravelry notes on Hetty can be found here.


56 Responses to “Completed: The Hetty Cardigan”

  1. Peter June 11, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    i am in awe of your knitting, Lauren! As easy as you make it sound, the lace makes it look extremely complicated. Great color and fit too!

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Thank you! As far as lace goes, this pattern is actually REALLY simple (it’s like 3 stitches), but I guess it would be confusing if you don’t actually knit πŸ™‚ ha!

  2. autumn June 11, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    oh, awesome!!! i’ve been wanting to see how people attach that to a button band – thanks, lady!! cute little sweater, too πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm #

      Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it! Hopefully I’ll get that tutorial pulled together soon πŸ™‚

  3. Kimberly June 11, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    looks fabulous! and the upcoming petersham tutorial is perfectly timed as I’m nearly finished with my first knit cardigan.

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      Yay! Hope I get it up in time haha! πŸ™‚

  4. sallie June 11, 2014 at 8:27 am #

    Stunning! This is such a perfect compliment to your wardrobe! I just finished knitting my first sweater earlier this spring but just can’t stomach the idea of putting it on to photograph it in the 90+ degree heat!! Plus it’s not nearly as pretty as yours!

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Dudeee I TOTALLY understand! We are going through a weird cold spell (well… high 70s cold, haha!) this week, so I’ve actually been getting a lot of wear out of my sweater πŸ™‚ Which is nice, cos usually when I finish stuff in the summer, it has to wait a few months before it can make it’s debut!

  5. yarningoverthedays June 11, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    It came out absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait for your tutorial on petersham.

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Thank you! Hope you find the tutorial helpful πŸ™‚

  6. Michelle June 11, 2014 at 10:23 am #

    Really, really cute! Glad you were able to find a way to mark the lace repeats/decreases. I get equally perturbed when my lace patterns are off. I feel like it’s so much easier to see mistakes in lace than textured knitting.

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Yeah, it was off by ONE stitch but it was enough to drive me crazy! If I’m gonna spend all that effort knitting the damn thing, I might as well make sure it’s as perfect as I can possibly get it to be, you know? πŸ™‚

  7. Danica June 11, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    How beautiful and flattering! I don’t knit, but I certainly admire your skills.

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

      Thank you! You should try it sometime- it’s pretty fun πŸ™‚

  8. debbieiles June 11, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Such a pretty little cardi! I’m always a bit speechless seeing such fantastic knitting projects on my blog roll. I so admire the skill and patience knitting requires (of which I have learned I have not!). Lovely!

  9. Chris @ makeandwear June 11, 2014 at 12:53 pm #

    It’s gorgeous – I was thinking of buying some cascade as it seems to be good value- do you think it washes / wears well? Ps I cast on my myrna for the OAL today πŸ™‚

    • LLADYBIRD June 11, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      I personally LOVE Cascade! It’s a great price, comes in a million beautiful colors, and I love that it’s pure wool. My first cardigan (and my first experience with Cascade) is about 2.5 years old at this point – it’s held up really well, considering I wear it allll the time. It does pill a little under the arms at first, but I’ve found that once you pull the pills off, they don’t come back. At least not in my experience HAHA!

  10. Joanne June 11, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Looks gorgeous – I have now ordered the pattern and trying to find appropriate wool in the UK.

  11. Marie June 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    This is so frigging cute!!!

  12. Heather June 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm #

    Aww, congrats on finishing this, it looks so good! Very summery. I’ve been excited to see your finished Hetty. Mine is still in a ball in the bottom of a drawer somewhere because of my frustration with this ridiculously easy lace, so I admire you for powering through!

    I love all of Andi’s sweater patterns, but I haven’t (finished) knitting any of them yet. They look so cute and QUICK, which is a nice quality for a slow knitter like me! But I have a bright green yarn all ready for Marion, so…

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 7:01 am #

      Oh man, her patterns are the best! You gotta power through and finish one – wearing the sweater is almost more fun than actually knitting it πŸ™‚ And I’d LOVE to see a bright green Marion, soooo you best get on it πŸ˜‰ haha!

  13. Turina June 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm #

    This is so lovely with the lace pattern. Can’t wait for the tutorial on the Petersham. Silly question, are the button holes sewn on the cardigan or just the petersham, and used to back to knitted ones? I haven’t seen this before!

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 7:02 am #

      Everybody has different ways they like to sew the button holes, but my personal preference is to sew them to the petersham and then attach it to the sweater (so the ribbon isn’t connected right at the button holes, just around the 4 straight edges, if that makes sense).

  14. lloubb June 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm #

    Love the green and navy combo!
    Looking forward to the ribbon tute- I finished y frost sweater a couple months ago and Love it but Hate te rippling band. I also want I look into putting ribbon or bias tape or something around the neck as I guess the sleeves are on the heavy side or something bc it likes to start to droop off my shoulders.

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 7:05 am #

      Yeah, I hate having a rippling band too! Hopefully this will hell ya πŸ™‚ For your neckline – is your sweater knit with a drapey yarn, like cotton or silk? The droop tends to happen with those sorts of fibers, so stabilizing the neckline is a good idea. My cotton Miette was starting to droop, so I steam-blocked it and threaded thin elastic through the neckline and that’s kept things pretty intact!

  15. Ally June 12, 2014 at 12:38 am #

    Dat outfit combo tho. Perfection. I am super into this cropped cardi/sweater skirt look, also loving the hair/cardi/skirt colour family you’ve got going! I’m hoping to venture more into lace soon… still getting this cabling thing down with the Marion.

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 7:08 am #

      Thank you! If it helps, I learned lace before I learned cabling and I think it’s actually easier (which isn’t saying much, because cabling is pretttttty easy once you get the hang of it!). Some people find the constant increases and decreases to be really hard to keep track of stitch counts, but I’ve always enjoyed it πŸ™‚ Yay lace!

  16. Panda Face June 12, 2014 at 1:41 am #

    I love your Hetty – you’ve inspired me to get a wriggle on and start! I also have some Cascade 220 ready to go but (I’m sure I’m being a bit thick) how do I join the KAL on Ravelry?!

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 7:11 am #

      YAY!! πŸ˜€ There’s a KAL Thread on Ravelry that you can jump in if you want to be part of the chatter (it appears to be very active, which is awesome!), and there is also a completed garments thread if you want to show off your outfit/be eligible for prizes (assuming you also sewed part of your outfit, as per the rules of the OAL. If you didn’t sew, you can still knit along with us, you just won’t be eligible for a prize :)).

  17. Nilla June 12, 2014 at 2:35 am #

    So cute! Love the color πŸ™‚ Do you have a go-to source for top-down patterns? And if they’re seamless -even better! πŸ˜€ I had already given up on sweater knitting because of all the fit issues, but it might be a bit easier with top-down patterns, right?

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Andi Satterlund at Untangling Knots is my go-to gal for top down, seamless patterns. Pretty much everything she designs is gold as far as I’m concerned πŸ˜‰ and yes, top down will definitely help you with those fit issues!

      • Nilla June 12, 2014 at 9:14 am #

        Thank you for the tip, her designs sure look cute πŸ™‚

    • Annie June 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

      I am also a fan of Andi’s designs. Inspired by Lauren and others, I’ve so far knitted Agatha and Miette cardigans and love them both. (Agatha was my first sweater but I was able to make it thanks to online resources.) I plan to knit both Hetty and Marion and, seeing Lauren’s pretty Hetty, can’t wait to knit one myself!

  18. Annie June 12, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    I am also looking forward to the Petersham tutorial. I have attached ribbons to my sweater button bands twice now, using a method I found on YouTube. Under that method, you sew a ribbon in by hand and only to the button band to which buttons are to be attached. You also sew only three sides of the ribbon — top, inside long edge, and bottom, because the instructor prefers to leave the outer edge unattached for a little movement. This method works surprisingly well and I am happy with the result, but I’d like to learn about the machine-method — for example, do you need a special needle and presser foot to machine-sew a ribbon and button band together?

    • LLADYBIRD June 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Oh, I sew my ribbon band in by hand – I just use the machine for doing the button holes πŸ™‚

      • Annie June 13, 2014 at 7:50 am #

        Great — can’t wait to see how you go about it.
        Thank you BTW for the marker tip on Hetty. Very good to know about lurking problems (not to mention solutions) before starting the project.

  19. alice June 12, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    I love this pattern! Yours looks fabulous (as always).

    I made this last year and, having struggled with where the pattern started and finished on the sleeves (and doing short rows as well), I soon figured out that a marker was the only way to go. I think it should probably be mentioned in the pattern because a novice would really struggle with it otherwise.

    I’m going to make a black one next, so it can go with everything!

  20. weefrills June 12, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Looks great! Love the color, and love that skirt.

  21. LinB June 12, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Pretty, pretty sweater. Do you know Elizabeth Zimmerman’s “Knitting Without Tears” book? Talk about seam avoidance! She is not a great fan of ribbon bands, and includes many tips to avoid what she called Dreaded Frontal Droop.

  22. Rochelle New June 12, 2014 at 11:31 am #

    Ooo I love this!!! I’ve knit two hats recently that are lace and I really enjoy it so I think I would like making this sweater a lot. I’m adding it to my list of “things to knit someday when I get brave enough to knit a sweater” lol! That color green looks awesome on you too, btw.

  23. Kim June 12, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Very cute! I love the close up pics. This weekend I thought, luckily my blog is mainly about sewing, if it were a knitting blog I could only post a FO once every three months or so! Haha!

  24. surfjewels June 12, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

    Love this cardi, so cute, great colour and fits just right.


  25. Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly June 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    I love it! I always find the things that are supposed to be easy to memorize are well, not exactly. lol I love my Hetty and wore it a ton all spring! And yours looks great on you. Just lovely!

  26. Luisa S June 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm #

    What a beautiful sweater, and the sleeve length is perfect. (Also love, love, love Cascade 220–so many colors to choose from & so easy to work with, especially with bamboo needles.)

  27. Erin June 12, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

    That color sweater looks great with your hair! I’m also a fan of the navy and spring green combo.

  28. June 13, 2014 at 5:13 am #

    I love this honey! I’m just knitting up my first miette in hot pink Cascade 220 and I completely agree it’s badass wool. I love it πŸ™‚ You’ve made me want to knite a Hetty now too eek! So much wool so little time xxx

  29. Mikhaela from Polka Dot Overload blog June 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

    Love your Hetty! I am halfway through mine and it looks SO tiny but I know from my gauge swatches that I blocked that it will all be OK. I also have mine covered with stitch markers.

  30. Jo June 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm #

    Beautiful! As always I have a desperate need to copy you haha! And we both have navy hollyburns too! Teehee! Love Andi’s patterns and this looks great on you πŸ™‚

  31. BusyLizzie June 16, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    I made this recently too and had the same confusion with the lace pattern, especially with the sleeves for some reason. Anyway it worked in the end and I have a nice cosy cardi now. I love it in the Cascade, I must try that I love their colour options (and pricing)

  32. missjoiedevivre June 30, 2014 at 1:30 am #

    This is gorgeous! You are awe inspiring in both your skills and your chameleonic ability to wear anything. This colour looks spectacular on you and the lace is superb.


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