John, my brother and I just got back from an European road trip of two weeks. We had the most amazing time driving through Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg and back to Belgium.
While in Germany we drove over the border to Austria to visit Innsbruck for the day (amazing that you can do that!) On our way there we stopped at the side of the road where John took these photos to show you my Buttercup cardigan.
The navy cardigan over white t-shirt looks just like the snow covered mountains, don’t you think?
I was knitting like a lunatic the three days before we left on holiday – I just had to finish before the road trip!
The pattern for this beautiful cardigan is Buttercup pattern from Marie Wallin’s book Filigree. This is my second project from Filigree, the first being the crochet top Rose which I absolutely adore.
The nitty gritty of my Buttercup cardigan:
Pattern: Buttercup from Filigree: Collection Three by Marie Wallin. The pattern for Right Front is missing from the book but you can download it from the errata page on Marie’s website here.
Yarn: 7 balls of Rowan Summerlite in Navy Ink shade 492
Knitting needle size: 3 mm
Modification: I lengthen the cardigan by adding a 6th crochet square motif. That meant I also had to lengthen the back to 37 cm in stead of 29 cm, before doing the arm shaping.
I’m really in love with the crochet and knit combination. I combined the two in my Kimono Cardigan, but I definitely think Buttercup combines crochet and knitting better.
I think I have a pattern crush on Marie Wallin. As soon as put down the knitting needles on Buttercup, I picked up the crochet hook to make my second Belle top from Rowan Holiday Crochet. The second top with the same pattern! That’s how good her designs are! I’ve been wearing my Belle since May 2015 about once every two weeks. No wonder I need a second one.
If Belle is anything to go by, I’m going to need a second Buttercup cardigan again in a few years.
Thank you Marie Wallin for designing the most amazing knitting and crochet patterns.
Well done, as always. You look stunning, and wearing ‘Buttercup’ adds to your smile. Glad you are blogging again. One of the ‘Stoepkwilters’ was so surprised that you are my daughter (?), said that she subscribes to your blog, but has not heard from you for some time. Your fans are longing to hear from you. Love you always and enjoy doing what you are excellent at.
This looks really great! Well done. I also love your Belle top. I am a big fan of Marie Wallin’s patterns. I just wanted to ask you a question about the Filigree book – how easy is the ‘knitting’ component of this book? Like you (I think!) I am mainly a crocheter, and although I can do basic knitting and purling, I can’t tackle much beyond that. So I have been dithering for a while over whether or not to get this book.
Hi Kathleen. The knitting part of Filigree is really easy. You just need to be able to rib, stockinette stitch and increase or decrease on the sides. I had to Youtube one of the increase instructions – I think it was called M1, as in, make one stitch but that was it and it was easy to do. As whole the knitting in Filigree is easy and perfect for a beginner. I can’t do lace knitting or cables – one really basic stuff and was able to manage it fine. Give it a go, and even if you can’t manage the knit and crochet patterns, you will still have a book with a few crochet only patterns 🙂