A week of test knitting

I saw Villapeikko‘s Pikkuveli-cardi in her blog and fell in love with it right on. Villapeikko intended to make a pattern of this cardi, and I voluntered to test knit.

Earlier I posted a few pictures of yarn bought from Secretwool. The yarn – Cascade 220 Wool, 100 % Peruvian wool – was bought for this project. Well, actually, a small portion of it was bought for this project. The rest of the yarn just jumped in my shopping cart, while I was looking the other way…


Began the process of test knitting a week ago. This is the beginning:

Cascade 200 Wool

That’s right: trying to decide on the colours is a drag. Fortunately the kid to whom I’m knitting this, knew exactly what colors this cardi will be made of.

Must confess, though, that the idea of combining this shade of brown with grey and turquoise came from Katja from Secretwool. She was kind enough to give her opinion of a few alternatives I had.


Started off from the hem, because I casted on this project while listening to a lecture. The sleeves required more attention, so I wanted to start them in peace and quiet.

I just love the neatness of the hem and the contrast colour!

hem of the cardi


Sleeves really caught my eye when I saw the pictures in Villapeikko’s blog. The use of colours and contrasts was intriguing.

closeup of the sleeve

The sleeve pictured here is the tryout number one. I did some frogging and Villapeikko did some excellent refining on the pattern of the sleeve, and now the proportions are perfect for bigger sizes.

bits and pieces

After somewhat intensive, though not overwhelming, week of knitting, I’m now halfway through the second sleeve. Next weekend, I believe, I should be up to the point of joining body and sleeves and starting the raglan decreases.

Coming up in the next episode: Pikkuveli-cardi proceeds.

ball of yarn