Peanut Butter and Jelly Cardi

Is it a sandwich or a cardigan? Read on to find out…

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This Winterfell Cardigan is the first pattern I have knit by the designer Katrin Schneider, with whom I was not all that familiar before hearing about Winterfell. This cardi was one of those designs that I not only promptly added to my Ravelry queue but also added to my mental queue as an absolute must for the immediate future. Clearly I followed through, seeing as it is August and dreadfully hot–therefore not ideal for wearing. Yet it is done. This design is an excellent introduction to Schneider’s work, and I could not be more pleased with my cardigan.

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The Winterfell Cardigan pattern was specifically designed with La Bien Aimée Merino Sport yarn, so though I needed no excuse to purchase the same, I gobbled up a Winterfell quantity of LBA Merino Sport in the colorway Peanut Butter and Jelly. I am growing more and more convinced that Aimée is a yarn dyeing genius. The idea of a peanut butter and jelly colorway is so singular, so spectacularly mouth-watering–yet she blew it out of the water. This silvery purple and fuchsia fusion with creamy, caramel-orange peanut buttery bits and black speckles prompted me to make many a PB&J. This yarn is absolutely fabulous!

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Below is an obligatory WIP shot.

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Selecting the buttons was no easy task–which is why I left it up to my Instagram followers! After rummaging through my belated grandmother’s button stash I turned up six sets of 7-count buttons that I felt could work with this cardigan.

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The overwhelming majority felt that the eerily matching purple buttons in the third column were best for this sweater. One of my friends, Karina (@tomahawkcreekcreative on Instagram) worded it perfectly:

3 all the way!!! That cardi is so incredible it doesn’t need contrast buttons in my opinion. The focus should be all about that yarn and pattern. I like “pop” buttons on more neutral garments.

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I can’t decide whether I like it better open or closed…

I love how the slanted stitches flow perfectly into the knit stitches of the ribbed hem. Little details like this get me super hyped.

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At one point during the photo shoot Jiji wanted to be held. For those who don’t know the backstory, we adopted Jiji and his brother Bowie a couple of months ago when we found them on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. They are the sweetest kitties!

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To view my Ravelry page for this project click here.

To view Katrin Schneider’s Ravelry store click here.

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