I’m a few weeks late in doing this blog post, but better late then never, right? I released my Ramona Cardigan on Ravelry at the end of last month and it’s now also available here on my website and also available to yarn shops wholesale via Deep South Fibers.
It’s knit up using Quince & Co’s ‘Osprey’ yarn…I LOVE this yarn. I think it’s my favorite of all the Quince yarns. It’s that squishy-and-soft kind of wool that spun just perfectly. You can buy it either on their website or if you live in the Portland area, at KnitWit of course! Another yarn option that would work well would be Cascade’s Ecological wool. I get a very similar gauge with this yarn as I do with Osprey.
The design of the cardigan is simple with a touch of detail. My goal with this design was for it to be a relaxing, fun knit and for it to be the kind of cardigan that you can wear with anything and through multiple seasons. And because it’s slightly cropped, it makes for a great little layering piece but will also keep you nice and warm this fall/winter.
I’ve gotten some comments about whether it was named after the character Ramona Quimby from the Beverly Clearly books. I loved those books when I was a kid, and although it makes me love the name Ramona even more because of it, it’s not exactly where I got the name from. One of my favorite bands is Guster, ever since I was a teenager. If you are around my age (mid-30-ish), and went to college anywhere in the Boston area in the 90s, you probably are familiar with them too. Anyway, they have a song named ‘Ramona’ that I have always loved and that’s what inspired the name of the cardigan. If you’re interested, I found an audio of the song on YouTube (it’s quite catchy, so be prepared to have it stuck in your head for a while).