Sunday, April 12, 2009

hmph. well, what do I know, anyway...

I finished the Whisper Cardigan. Remember, the one I wasn't sure would be flattering or even fit me properly? Yeah, so what do I know. It's done, it fits, I think it looks good, (regardless of what these pictures show), and I love it.
Pattern - Whisper Cardigan from Interweave Knits, Spring 2009.
I used pretty much a whole skein of semi solid Wellington Fibres Lace weight in a honey gold colour, and about 5/6 of a variegated skein of same. (Can I say how thrilled I am with the variegated? No real pooling or flashing, just a really nice mix and meld of colours.)
Modifications to pattern - I made the bottom skirt part longer and wider - I came around the front farther than the pattern says (I don't know how much, I didn't really keep good notes).

I also knit garter stitch bands at all edges (sleeve hems and bottom hems, because I think the design is on crack if she thinks plain stockinette stitch will lie flat "with a little blocking". I mean, come on - how often does that happen?)
I also picked up along the fronts of the bottom skirt and knit about 3cm of garter stitch to close up the front a bit, then added I-cord ties to the top.
Gave the whole thing a bit of a steam blocking (man! did that make the stitches even out nicely!), and voila! A sweater I am extremely happy with. I will wear this a lot, and I plan on making some sleeveless linen dresses in gold, olive green and a melon colour to go with it.

So happy!


Carol said...

Looks really sharp! I am definitely gonna make this one now. You have inspired me!

Anonymous said...

I really like it. The colour is great, and I like the way the sleeves and skirt flare/drape.
The garter stitch bands are a good idea, because, as you say, it will not lay flat if it's stockinette.
I don't think the I-cord does the sweater justice. In the pictures, the I-cord looks a bit ragged rather than casual. I'm wondering if one or two small pewter frogs or one great decorative button, or 2 buttons side by side with a loop of I-cord over both would be better. Just a thought.
Marlyce in Windsor, Ontario

Needles said...

I like the way this turned out. Seriously fine yarn choice and great modifications. I love the deep angled neckline that happened. Very interesting.

KnitTech said...

It looks really NICE! And it does look good on you.

Karen said...

Oh, it's so great to finish something and really love the final result.

That neckline is fabulous.

I like the "tie" closure that the i-cord provides, but to me it seems a bit heavy. What if you used something more delicate for the ties, like ribbon?

Lucky Canuck said...

It turned out really well. I think the light drape of the resulting fabric and the square neckline are what made it work for you.

AlisonH said...

It's beautiful!