The Gift of Knitting – Reindeer From the Woods.

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The Gift of Knitting – Reindeer From the Woods.

Reindeer From the Woods

cable cardigan pattern

Happy Sunday! I finally got the time to shoot some photos for my finished Reindeer! The days stay sunny, crisp, windy and chilly – perfect sweater weather. As you can see this Reindeer is slightly shorter than the original, 2″ approximately. I decided to cut the length a little bit, because I know that cotton will grow slightly over time. It’s been 8-9 months since I finished St. Brigid and it grew 1/2 – 1″, I like its length this way even more, but in this cardigan I decided to play safe and save some yarn, as my stash yarn was just right for this length.

I was really inspired by Johanna’s Reindeer and played with sleeve length a little bit. 3/4 sleeves and the cotton yarn make this cardi a perfect companion for summer dresses during chilly evenings!

cable cardigan pattern

The bands are much more narrow, again for the same purpose – to make a more light version of the autumn/winter cardigan. I really love open cardigans, even if I have buttons I never close them! I think it’s such a versatile piece of wardrobe!

cable cardigan pattern

This time I used three-needle bind off instead of seaming the shoulders. I decided to experiment and see what difference it makes. Usually they say seams “hold” the garment better than three-needle bind off, I’ll see what happens to both Reindeer over the time to draw my own conclusions.

cable cardigan pattern

Overall it was a great knitting journey for me! This project gave me the opportunity to look at the pattern from the point of a view of a knitter, it traveled with me to a beautiful forest that became engraved in my heart and memory and it gave me so many hours of joy! I am so infinitely grateful for one more gift of knitting!

cable cardigan pattern

Thank you for all your sweet and always kind comments and your constant support during this project. One more knitting chapter is over, off to the next one 🙂

Full project review and FO details can be found here – Reindeer From the Woods. FO Details.

I really hope you are enjoying your weekend and spending it with loved ones!


By | 2016-01-10T13:52:53+00:00 January 10th, 2016|Finished Objects, Knitting|24 Comments


  1. Zeta January 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm - Reply

    Wow Alina! Green is definitely your color! It brings up your features so beautifully! This pattern in this color is so… you! I love it!

    • Alina January 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you, dear Zeta! Green is one of my favorite shades. I have no idea why I’ve never made anything in this color before!

  2. Carmela Biscuit January 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    OMG, it’s GORGEOUS in this color! And the photos – I love the contrast the bougainvilleas add to the green cardigan! As for three needle bind off – I always prefer it to sewing and IMHO it holds the shoulder seam better.

    • Alina January 10, 2016 at 1:29 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Carmela! Yes, three-needle bind off holds the shoulders just like the seam so far.

  3. Annie January 10, 2016 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Wow! This is stunning Alina 🙂

    (A little belatedly) Happy New Year!

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:37 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Annie! Happy New Year to you and your family!!

  4. sustainablemum January 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm - Reply

    It’s so beautiful :). I love it in green it really show off those beautiful stitch details it makes me want to make one even more! The colour really suits you.

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:36 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! My Granny always looks great in green, it’s about time I tried it on myself 🙂

  5. Jeanette January 10, 2016 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    This is so amazing! what a beautiful knitter you are! I am for sure following along….your inspiration to me!

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:35 pm - Reply

      Thank you for such sweet words, Jeanette! Your beautiful blog is also so inspiring!!

  6. Becki January 10, 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    This sweater really is beautiful. Everything about it. And the photos are superb.

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:33 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Becki!

  7. Diana January 10, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    What a lovely cardigan which shows so well with the bougainvilleas on the wall. The colors glow. I must look at the possibility of knitting with cotton as it knits up so nicely. Well done with the new pattern!

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Diana! Oh, I love knitting with cotton! I really feel like it’s so underestimated 🙂

  8. Melissa January 10, 2016 at 8:42 pm - Reply

    It’s even more beautiful when worn! Nicely done!!

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Melissa!

  9. Andrea @ This Knitted Life January 10, 2016 at 9:48 pm - Reply

    Oh so pretty Alina. Nice, quality work, and. Can’t say enough good things about the color.

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:32 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Andrea! Yes, the color really enhanced the project!

  10. Julie January 11, 2016 at 10:38 am - Reply

    Amazing!! This summery version is so pretty, and that is fantastic that the pattern is so versatile as to handle different sleeve lengths and different hem length and even entirely different yarn so well. I love it!! Just reinforces that I totally need to make this sweater…..

    • Alina January 11, 2016 at 5:27 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Julie! I also love how summery it turned out! It would be really amazing to see it knitted by you!

  11. Lisa January 11, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I love that green, it works so well with this cardigan. Lovely photos also 🙂

  12. Tien January 13, 2016 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Beautiful! I love all of your mods for this one, especially the 3/4 sleeves and narrower bands. Also, that green is just so striking!

    • Alina January 14, 2016 at 4:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you, Tien! I can’t help it – I modify even my own design 🙂

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