Wednesday, January 28, 2009

ah, crap...

Okay - I finished my black cardigan. As you know, during the knitting, I was running out of black wool. No problem, I had some grey alpaca that came to the rescue for some hems of the sleeves and bottom. Then there was the front bands issue - I did not have enough black for it, so I went with the grey alpaca, and to make it interesting, decided on a ruffly front, since the angles of the front would play havoc with a folded hem. I finished it up on the weekend, and the ruffles looked okay - pretty much what I expected them to look like. Then, I started digging in the stash for my next sweater project - what to make, what to make it from. I had ideas for patterns, now I needed to look for yarn. So I did. and guess what I found? Yup. Another hank of the black. Enough to do proper bands. If I don't use it, I will go into an oddball area of the stash, destined to sit forever or be given away.
So what do you think? Leave the ruffled front? Or remove them, and use the plain black, for a more streamlined look?

(And yes, I did start another project - well, actually two new projects...)

9 comments:

Lucky Canuck said...

Now that I see the picture in this view, I say definitely take the time to remove said ruffles and reknit the band. They're a bit overwhelming on the sweater as a whole.

deirdre said...

Definitely a personal preference sort of deal, but I think you might get more wear out of it with plain bands - I am not a frilly gal to begin with, so I'm biased, but this strikes me as a dressy jacket, which I myself would not have as much occasion to wear...

because, even though it's your sweater, it is ultimately all about me

Carol said...

Tough call. I kinda like the ruffles. Butit all depends, do YOU like the ruffles? Or did you envision a flat button band? What image was in your head. I think ultimately, that is the deciding factor

Anonymous said...

could we see a photo of the sweater on you perhaps....while I like the ruffles, they may be a bit much, I agree that they make this a very dressy garment. If you take them out and replace with a plainer band, you might think of putting some of the soft grey at the inside edge of the band, all the way around, sort of tying the cuffs and hem together. Totally your call, I love the sweater anyway ! Liz in icy CT, LTknits on ravelry

Karen said...

Oh, I love the ruffles! It's something unique and beautiful. (But that's just me -- as everyone else has said, it's definitely your call. And besides, I am sorely outvoted here already.)

Anonymous said...

nice ruffles, but i vote for the black band. the idea of doing the inside of the band in the grey is great!
good luck!
i look forward to see what you choose, as well as the finished garment!
helga

Anonymous said...

p.s.
or, just a thought, make the front less ruffly.
ciao...
helga

Sel and Poivre said...

Ditto Lucky Canuck.

CatBookMom said...

What Lucky Canuck said. The bottom and sleeve bands give this a tailored look, which the ruffles are 'fighting' with. So either make a plainer grey front band or use the extra black.