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Reindeer From the Woods. FO Details.

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great start of 2016. I am so happy to be back here and to reading your blogs. Oh my, what a weekend it was… On Saturday night I got the inflammation of my wisdom tooth’s nerve and spent a sleepless night trying to numb the pain with the pain killers. Didn’t work. On Sunday it got better, but it was impossible to get a dentist appointment in holiday season. Today I finally got to the doctor and after 5 shots of Novocaine, the work has been done. I still feel fragile and weak, but so much better! I hope to get a full night sleep today! If not for my knitting projects, I would just go crazy. Keeping my hands and mind focused on the stitches got me through all this fun. And I as I am a hopeless believer that everything is for the better, I tried to get the best out of the situation, not that I succeeded 100% – I was such a whiner – but at least I got Reindeer from the Woods off the needles, just in time for the last day of Andi’s KAL!

FO. Reindeer from the Woods.

cable cardigan pattern

It is a weird and wonderful feeling knitting from your own pattern. I guess it’s like re-reading your favorite book – you know all the characters and how their lives will turn around, you know that you won’t find anything new or exciting in the book – you’ve read it all; but at the same time there is a feeling of comfort, even security – you know what to expect and where you will end up.

Project Notes

Pattern. Reindeer.

Yarn. 100% local cotton. My husband brought it for me from his trip to Mexico City 1.5 year ago. Its name is Otoño, which means “autumn”. I doubt there is a better name for this shade – such a perfect green! It was an absolutely different experience working with cotton rather than with merino/silk blend used in the original. Reindeer from the Woods is not that soft and drapey as his ancestor, the fabric is more structured. The row gauge is also different, as silk lengthens the rows a little bit, but the row gauge is not that crucial in this project.

Design Details.

Texture. Cotton creates a very sharp stitch definition. This is what I really love about this fiber – every stitch is on display!

cable cardigan pattern

Hem. I enjoy working with slipped stitches so much, it is a great alternative to classic ribbing. It’s not always easy to find the perfect “partner” for cables, but now looking at how cables are growing from the hem, I realize it was worth all these weeks of swatching!

cable cardigan pattern

Neckband. I decided to make the neckband much more narrow than in the original, to get a more “open” cardi.

cable cardigan pattern

The last rows were knit on smaller needles which pulled the fronts in and created a slight slope.

cable cardigan pattern

Sleeves. My favorite part – the contrast of textured stripes and the plain stockinette makes my heart sing 🙂 The sleeves are slightly shorter than in the original.

cable cardigan pattern

Looking forward to wearing it!

Have a great week!



By | 2016-01-04T18:43:43+00:00 January 4th, 2016|Finished Objects, Knitting|27 Comments


  1. Melissa January 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Lovely! The cable panel on the back is just amazing! And the small “chains” on the sleeves are awesome. Well done!

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Thank you, Melissa! I also adore these chains!

  2. Becki January 4, 2016 at 11:48 pm - Reply

    Glad you’re on the mend from a painful wisdom tooth nerve, Alina. And I love, love, love this Reindeer from the Woods sweater. The color is just beautiful and your work is so perfect. I’m glad you had it to distract you from your pain. What a lovely distraction.

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Becki! I am so grateful to this project for distracting me these last couple of days!

  3. Tahnee January 5, 2016 at 3:18 am - Reply

    Another beautiful version of this cardigan, I adore it in green! So sorry to hear about your wisdom tooth though, glad that the problem got sorted now and that knitting has been such a good friend in getting you through the recovery.

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:47 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tahnee! I can’t say it better – knitting is a true friend 🙂

  4. Katrine Birkenwasseranhöhe January 5, 2016 at 3:36 am - Reply

    It’s beautiful! I really want to make my own Reindeer. I have noticed that reading my own patterns is not any easier than following someone else’s pattern: no matter who wrote the pattern I’m always too hasty on knitting and don’t want to spend time reading the instructions – resulting in ripping, not matter whose design…

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Haha 🙂 I know, happens to me too! I would be really happy to see Reindeer appear on your needles!

  5. Carmela Biscuit January 5, 2016 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Amazing, can’t believe that you’ve already finished it and how gorgeous it looks! Sorry to hear about your tooth troubles 🙁

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Thank you, Carmela! Actually, my tooth troubles helped me to finish it faster 🙂

  6. sustainablemum January 5, 2016 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Ow, your teeth sounds really painful, hope it is all better now. Your reindeer is just beautiful you have knit it so quickly!

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:57 am - Reply

      Thank you so much! I feel much much better!!

  7. Tracey January 5, 2016 at 9:46 am - Reply

    I am so sorry about your tooth, that is the worse pain, but now that you’ve had it taken care it’s a memory 😉
    Your reindeer cardigan is just beautiful and what a pretty green; I hope you get lots of wear out of it.

    • Alina January 5, 2016 at 10:58 am - Reply

      Thank you, Tracey! I am so relieved to leave it all behind! I was such a chicken at teh doctor’s office 🙂

  8. Katherine January 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Horrible, horrible to have tooth ache like that – so glad your knitting sustained you through the bad times. It does not sound like you are a whiner at all! – and the knitting is fabulous. Stitch definition with the green cotton is indeed most pleasing. Enjoy wearing this lovely Reindeer from the Woods!

    • Alina January 6, 2016 at 8:44 am - Reply

      Thank you, Katherine! Oh, believe me, I AM a whiner. Just ask my husband 🙂

  9. Zeta January 5, 2016 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    I’m so sorry for the trouble your tooth put you through! I had the same story many years ago. Finding a dentist in holiday season is just impossible!
    The stitch definition on this Reindeer takes my breath away! So much that I think that I’ll buy me some cotton yarn for my cardi….

    • Alina January 6, 2016 at 8:49 am - Reply

      Thank you, Zeta! Tooth pain is always so scary! So happy it’s over! One of the test knitters made her Reindeer with merino/cotton blend – the stitch definition is so sharp, but I am sure merino compensates for cotton’s stiffness. You can try it!

  10. Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 5, 2016 at 10:34 pm - Reply

    So beautiful Alina. I really live the color.

    • Alina January 6, 2016 at 8:50 am - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! The color really “makes” the project!

  11. Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 5, 2016 at 10:35 pm - Reply

    Love, not live. 🌟

  12. Zena January 5, 2016 at 11:17 pm - Reply

    I’ve added this to my queue. It’s just gorgeous. Although I don’t know cables yet. Yours is just breathtaking. Your teeth sounds so painful. Isn’t that the way when it’s a public holiday.

    • Alina January 6, 2016 at 8:53 am - Reply

      Thank you, Zena! Please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding cable knitting! They only look scary, but at the end it’s just the combination of basic stitches! 🙂

  13. Evelyn January 6, 2016 at 11:17 am - Reply

    It looks wonderful, beautiful work 🙂

    Hope you’re feeling better now. I’ve been on painkillers for the past week with an ear infection but yours sounds even more painful :-S

    • http://www./ November 4, 2016 at 2:21 pm - Reply

      It’s not the things that make us cool, but our attitude. In buying a Focus with child safety seats, your attitude seems quite sensible, which is totally cool in my book!

  14. Ravenna January 6, 2016 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    So beautiful. Very nice work 🙂

  15. Tien January 9, 2016 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Wow, it looks stunning in green! Gorgeous job and now I want to knit one even more! I hope that you are feeling better.

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