Cardipalooza: One Week to Go!

We’re wrapping up Cardipalooza on May 31 … how’s your sweater coming along? We’ve got updates on our cardigans for you! All three are in wildly different states — put three knitters in a room with the same inspiration, and you’ll never get the same sweater. It’s amazing!

We also have information on how to enter your lovely cardigan to win a prize! Take a look at the end of the post for all the details.


I may have overestimated my knitting fortitude when I chose black, lightweight, low-hip cardigan with full-length sleeves to knit in the beautiful Seattle spring. Cardipalooza, I love you, but you’re bringing me down! I still have a sleeve and a half plus everything above the armhole shaping to go … with my track record on buttonbands, let’s just say you can’t win em all, right?

Our instagram followers may have noticed that I cheated on Cardipalooza with a worsted weight color-blocked pullover. I regret nothing! Sure, it’s not a cardigan, but I’ll show you a picture anyway — it’s my favorite sweater ever and I am showing it off to everyone.

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I always find it ironic that sometimes working in the knitting industry actually means less time to knit! This spring has been particularly busy, with travel and the growth of our CustomFit LYS program (can I get a wooHOO!)  This means that picking up the needles happens far less often than I’d like, even though it relaxes me after a long day in front of the computer. My cardigan is progressing, and I’m really loving how it’s turning out, but I’m not sure if it will be done by the deadline. I’m brainstorming how to make a stand-up collar like the one in my inspiration photo … any thoughts?


I’ve been wearing my Cushing Isle every day the Boston weather allows for it. The Clara Yarn Cormo 1.0 is still deliciously soft and has worn beautifully in the weeks since I’ve finished the sweater. You’ve already heard about my inspiration for the pattern (in my last post), but the actual experience of wearing it is divine. I can’t recommend the yarn enough!

I’m already thinking about what to knit next for myself.  My family and I are moving this summer, which means I’ll be spending too much of my knitting time packing!



And now what you’ve all been waiting for… prizes!

The grand prize this time around is a CustomFit recipe for Dopamine, by Kim McBrien Evans of indigodragonfly! This is one of the first CustomFit recipes released by another designer. We’re very excited for more designers to start publishing their work this way, and Kim has blazed a trail with her awesome striped, asymmetrical cardigan. We’ll also throw in a CustomFit gift code, so that all you need to do to make this sweater is start swatching!


And the runner up will receive a one-of-a-kind, limited edition coffee mug with the Cardipalooza logo printed on it — because who doesn’t love a coffee mug?! There’s nothing better than relaxing with your needles and a hot, caffeinated beverage.


We’ll open a thread on our Ravelry group on Wednesday, May 28 and pick winners on Tuesday, June 4. All you need to do to be eligible to win is post a photo in the thread of your completed sweater. We’ll choose winners by random number generator and announce them here on the blog and on Ravelry as well.


And finally, just because summer is almost here doesn’t mean we’re going to stop knitting sweaters. We have exciting plans for June and July — another seasonal knitalong is on tap! Stay tuned to the blog for more information!

3 thoughts on “Cardipalooza: One Week to Go!

  1. The sweaters are just so exciting! Amy, are you moving locally or are you moving some distance from where you live now? Hope the move is smooth and that your stash remains easy to find ;-)!

  2. Jackie:

    I’m brainstorming how to make a stand-up collar like the one in my inspiration photo … any thoughts?

    Clean living and tight knitting, baby! I can’t get my shawl collars to lie down.

  3. Love the idea of the mug. Will they be available even if I’m not the prize winner? I won’t be a prize winner cause I didn’t finish one sweater, let alone a cardi.

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