Pattern: Tofino Cardigan by Tara-Lyn Morrison
Yarn: Six skeins of Cushy DK (held double) in the Toffee colourway
Needles: 9mm and 7mm
Mods: I-cord edge, no rib on the sleeve cuffs
Since the beginning of winter I've had a strong urge to knit a bulky cardigan. Because I live in a warm climate I have no bulky yarn in my stash plus we don't carry this weight in our shop because it's never been all that popular. So I decided to search Ravelry first, see if I could find a pattern that was close to what I was after, then I would work out the yarn later.
Enter the Tofino Cardigan by Tara-Lyn Morrison. This was exactly what I was looking for. Simple, top down, balloon sleeves, chunky knit - perfect! After looking at the yarn used for this design (Loopy Mango Mohair So Soft), I decided to try and substitute this using two strands of DK weight held together. I used our Cushy yarn in the Toffee colourway, however after swatching I realised that the gauge was too loose. I think if I had of included a mohair lace as well it would have been perfect. I was pretty much in love with the pattern by this stage and didn't want to knit anything else, so I went ahead and cast on using needles that were two sizes smaller than the pattern recommended. I also cast on for the largest size and crossed my fingers these modifications would work.
And they did. I'm super happy with this knit. I pretty much followed the pattern as written, however I did knit an applied i-cord edge on the fronts and I left off the sleeve cuff ribbing. I should also mention that this cardigan took only a week to knit! Got to love bulky sweaters. I have gone ahead and cast on for a second Tofino Cardigan, this time I'm using two strands in two different colourways, cant wait to show you more.