Firstly, before proceeding please note that when I take photos...I try to pick the most flattering ones. So it doesn't look all that bad...in the photos...but I will point out the problems to you.
Next, the design is lovely. It is not for me...it may be for you...it has nothing to do with the design...well, maybe a little with the "no closure" thing. But you can fix that.
The Dimishing Rib Cardigan.
Not too bad...a little big looking from the back.
Here are somethings I love.
I really love the colour. It is so spring like. Yes it is bright and maybe not for everyone but brights and neons are back in for spring.
I love the cuffs.
Beautiful. I love the cast off. Sewing the 1x1 tubular bind off. Brilliant. Definitely a technique I will use again.
I love the ribbing and how it shapes the garment. Again brilliant.
So what is the problem you ask? Well, here is what I did wrong.
The first mistake is the yarn. I knew it. I picked up many different types of yarn...really wanted this lovely alpaca blend that was way out of my price point...but I decided to choose something inexpensive. There was my first hint, I didn't really want to commit to the design...there was something about that no closure thing. I love Cascade 220...but I needed something with more of a drape to it.
Mistake number one. Choosing the wrong yarn.
Next, the designer notes that it the model is wearing the 35 1/2" size with 1" positive ease. I choose to knit the next size 39 1/2" which is 2 1/2" positive ease. So when you are wearing a positive ease sweater that has no closure on the front...this is what it looks like after walking around for a moment.
Hmmm. So you re-adjust and strike another pose.
Knitting myself a sweater with positive ease.
Mistake number two.
It's just not working for me.
But that bracelet is! Don't you love it! That was made by a very talented knitter I met at Friday Night knit and chat. Heather said she was bringing more this week...can't wait!
Ok, back to the sweater.
How about a keyhole looking front. Like button at the top and the waist.
So with the help of some stitch markers you get this...
Not bad. Easy to do.
What about putting on a button band. Well, I don't want it any bigger so I would have to figure out how to steek the front? I don't know...get rid of the I-cord edging and pick up stitches for a button band. I am sure this could be a posibility...anyone?
Mistake number three.
Knitting a cardigan with a no closure front.
Oh, you can see it pulling under my arm in the last photo. That is due to such a deep armhole...the inner knitter was speaking to me as I was knitting that as well. I like the armhole up in my armpit...well closer to it atleast.
So, now what?
Do I really want to try and make it work? Shall I seriously rip it all back?
Opinions please. This knitter needs help.
What if YOU really like this sweater. It is already knit...you might have 5 skeins of 220 around...we could swap! Anyone?