In a world of knitter’s worst nightmares, the following scenario has to come close to top of the list: spending hours knitting a garment, laboriously stitching it all together, and then trying it on only to find that it doesn’t fit like you wanted it to.
I was very conscious of this possibility when I set out to knit myself a lightweight cardigan to carry me through Spring and into the early summer months. When I selected the original pattern I didn’t quite notice it had an odd garter stitch panel in the front. Nor did I realise that the shaping wasn’t right for my own body proportions, especially the armhole depth.
The garter stitch panel was easy to adapt – I simply left it off, as the garment was wide enough not to need it. The armholes needed a bit of adaptation. I worked more decreases to make a narrower shoulder, and I increased the length. This was a bit tricky – I think I cast off and then added in more length a couple of times before I decided it was right! The next thing was to sew the shoulders together so I could try it on and make sure that the fit was correct.
Because I had adapted the arm holes, I also needed to work the sleeves a little differently to make sure that they were as deep as the armhole. I also didn’t want three quarter length sleeves, nor did I want lace on the sleeves. The solution was to keep working decreases all the way to the end of the sleeve cap – this seems to have worked.
Fitting the first sleeve into the cardigan was a good way to work out if I had the proportions right.
I am checking the length of the sleeve here – it sits just above my wrist, which is a better length for warmer weather.
The length works well too. I’d like to be able to wear this cardigan with a dress, and I find that dresses need shorter cardigans to look good.
I am also conscious this is a superwash yarn (Madelinetosh Pashmina) and I know it will grow once blocked. It is slightly shorter to accommodate that eventuality as well.
Once the second sleeve is finished, the next step will be to work a neat finish to the neckline, and to add in loops for the buttonholes. And once blocked, I will finally have a summer cardigan after a couple of years of talking about it!
I am concerned about the large amount of dye that is coming off on my fingers as I knit this garment. Has anyone knitted with this colourway before (Tart) and have you experienced a large amount of colour fade? Should I be looking at fixing the colour in the first block? I’d appreciate your advice!
My garden continues to delight in a riot of super strong colours. Whoever planted this garden was a person after my own heart! It is soul restoring to spend a couple of hours pulling weeds and admiring all the new beauties to see in the weekend.
I have no idea what the second plant is called, but the top image is the Aquilegia. I’m so happy to have this flower in my garden again!
This little flower captured my attention with the leaves echoing the shade of the flower.
We also have a regular visitor at the moment – how cute is this kereru, warily watching me from the safety of the pine tree!?
I am itching to get back into shawl knitting for some reason. They have been a very useful addition to my wardrobe this winter – they looked nice under a coat and kept me extra warm on the way to the office, but could easily be removed (or put back on) once at work. I continue to ponder yarn and pattern options, although it amuses me to see that I have the exact colours of my garden in my stash…
I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and finding plenty of time for soul-restoring and relaxing activities.