Wednesday, June 13, 2007

(Not as) Feminine Puff-Sleeve Cardigan

Why is it that I have so much trouble finishing my knits? It took me weeks to sit down and sew the buttons onto this thing (okay, my excuse, for the longest time, was "oh, I still need to block it," which was followed by "but I can't block it until I scrub out the bathtub").



So, you can infer from this post that I now have a clean bathtub.

Stats:
Pattern: Puff-Sleeve Feminine Cardigan, from Fitted Knits, size 34" bust (see mods section for more info)
Yarn: Cascade 220 Heathers, Olive Heather, 3.25 skeins
Needles: KnitPicks Options Circulars, US 6 (body) and US 4 (buttonbands)
Notions: Needles, thread, 1/2" glass buttons (12) from a truly wonderful Etsy seller
Date Started: May 3
Date Completed: Knitting: mid-May (can't remember the exact date), Finishing: June 12

Modifications:
I will admit that I shamefully, blatantly copied this knitter's fabulous modifications. When I first got the book, I found this pattern cute, but not me at all. I am making an honest effort to "girl it up" these days, but a flared, lacy peplum is just taking things too far. I am a jeans and t-shirts kind of gal, and while I appreciate feminine style, I have trouble pulling it off without feeling awkward.

So, baby steps. I still find this quite feminine.

Anyway...modifications:

I lengthened the body of the sweater (a lot -- I actually completed the entire body, tried it on, and ripped it back about 9 inches and did it over as I hated where I initially placed those reverse stockinette rows separating the main body from the peplum).

Eliminated the lace pattern in the peplum, though I did include increases to make room for my lower waist and hips (I just tried this on as I went to make sure it fit). I placed these increases in the same location as the decreases in the body.

I made more buttonholes. It seems a lot of these finished cardis have problems with the buttonbands. I ordered 12 buttons, thinking I'd have one or two leftover, and ultimately decided to use them all in order to minimize gapping. Though, now that it's been on my body for a bit, the buttonbands do seem to be pulling a bit...looks like I'll have to reinforce those buttonholes (yaaaaaay).


My one complaint about the finished garment is that the collar is kind of bugging me. It's pretty floppy. I think it should have been knit on US 4 needles instead of the US 6 called-for. If I work up the courage to rip it out and re-do it, I may (if I can figure out how to go about it, as I'd be ripping it out from the cast-on edge). I just dislike that it takes some fiddling to get the collar to look right if the topmost button isn't fastened.

In conclusion, I must say that I love Cascade 220. I had only used it once before, for a felted bag, so this is my first experience making a garment from it. I am really impressed with how great it looks after a bath (and it's even pretty soft now!). The stitch definition is wonderful, and I can tell that this will hold-up far better than some of the merino yarns I've used. I only wish I had bought more during Webs' anniversary sale.

15 comments:

LEO said...

Wow, I'm so impressed with the speed at which you crank these things out. And it looks great. Congrats on the new sweater!

Amanda said...

Thanks! And my speed? A direct result of insomnia. If I can't sleep, I might as well be productive!

Anushka said...

It looks beautiful, & so do you.

Mat said...

She is one hot momma! And knits well, too!

Amanda said...

Sounds like someone wants a sweater...

Mat said...

A sweater is a start...

Octopus Knits said...

Nice! I love your mods and the color, too.

jenna said...

Every time I turn around you have another finished sweater!! (I'm completely mystified.) Great mods! Looks like you've got a perfect fit. The collar thing would annoy me, too. Might be worth a do-over, since the rest of it looks so darn cute.

Amanda said...

Thanks!

It's a little embarrassing to admit, but my secret is this: I'm in the last few months of graduate school, I don't have much of a life outside of school (long distance relationship, friends are out of town or as busy as I am), I am an insomniac, and knitting is my stress relief. End result? New wardrobe. And yet my stash refuses to shrink...

Wow, I just made myself sad. Ha.

Yeah, I'm still waffling on the collar. It behaved well when I wore it yesterday, but I also kept it buttoned-up. Hmm.

Miss Carolyn said...

Such a fun cardigan, I like it much more as the darker colour you picked.

Toya said...

wow, this came out great, can you tell me if you used you went with your exact bust measurments as in using a tape measure? because I want to knit this and I want to make sure the 36 bust measurement will fit me,,, thanks

Amanda said...

Toya,

The smallest size in the pattern is for a 34" bust, and mine is 32". I used a different yarn with a different gauge, so I was lucky that the 34" pattern instructions gave me a finished sweater with a 32" bust. I would say that if you've got a 36" bust and knit that size (and get gauge), it'll fit.

The nice thing about this sweater is that you can try it on as you go, so if it's too tight or too loose, you can figure it out and fix it early.

Hope this helps...

Toya said...

wow, thanks for answering my question!

Rubys & Purls said...

Looks just beautiful on you! Great job!

Jen said...

Heya, just wanted to say that I love your blog. I've been inspired to try out the Rusted Leaves shirt myself as my first big project. Thanks for the tips on the things you've learned :)