Union Jack Red Cardigan

Union Jack Red Cardigan | Catdoesit.

This is cardigan was my first project when I moved to the UK, more than a year ago. It was my pretext to join a knitting club, where people regularly meet to eat, laugh and knit. One year later, I finally finished – and still regularly meet with the friends I made then!


Union Jack Red Cardigan | Catdoesit.

The pattern is the Miette cardigan from Andi Satterlund and it is the second time I made it (first was in green cotton, still love it). This time I made it in 100% merino superwash, Rico essentials, colour Brick Red – or Union-Jack-Red, since it now reminds me of coming to the UK and getting to know the locals!

The wool is soft and cool. Good for bamboo needles (5.5 mm for me). It was straightforward to knit, especially having knitted it before. This time, I think the details improved – the stitches and yarn overs look crisp and perfectly aligned. And the gunmetal buttons give it a slightly more modern look, I hope.

Union Jack Red Cardigan | Catdoesit.

The buttons also remind me of the Hogwarts’ crest, even though they are nothing alike. Probably the only crest I ever cared for?

I did the same modifications as before: no bust darts, size up on the sleeve. And this time I increased the length of the sleeves to full length. Pretty happy with the fit!


Already thinking of the knitting project for “UK: year 2”. Spoiler alert: it will be inspired on the cloudy sky!


Crafting as an antidote for the Rushing Woman Syndrome


This is a TEDtalk on the Rushing Woman Syndrome, explained as the biological inability to keep up with the role of women today. It made me wonder… How much of our attraction for knitting and sewing, much like women have done traditionally since ever, comes from our biological need to slow down? That would mean our choice of hobbies could actually have the power to make us healthier, more restfull, slimmer, even more fertile?…

I am just happy to have an excuse to ditch jogging and knit 😀