The cardigan is finally done and off the needles! This sweater exhibits many firsts for me:
- my first knitted, adult-sized article of clothing;
- my first time working seams over curved shapes (shoulders);
- my first button holes;
- my first grosgrain ribbon support band.
Here’s a list of things I like about this item:
- It fits.
- The shoulder seams landed exactly where they ought to be, which makes for nice-looking cardigan-covered upper arms.
- The yarn is soft.
- The yarn is machine washable and dryable.
- It fits. Oh, did I already mention that?
- The wide ribbing at the bottom and on the cuffs flatters my shape.
- The overall style (waist shaping, low-cut neckline) compliments my figure.
- The grosgrain ribbon adds much stability to the back neckline and was a very good idea.
And here is a list of things I wish were different about this item:
- The bind-off edge of the button band is a little too tight—I should have used, maybe, the Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off. I worried a stretchier bind-off would look sloppy, but I really think the garment requires it.
- It is a hair too tight around the bust (top button tends to come undone). But another inch would be way too much—maybe half an inch?
- The sleeves are a hair too long. They are supposed to be ¾-length, but look more like too-short long sleeves! I’m not terribly concerned about it and will wear the cardigan regardless.
- It really would look better with blue buttons, but I couldn’t find any. If I ever happen to find some, I’ll be taking off the white and putting on the blue.
- I think it would look better with a wider button band. It ended up being 5 rows of ribbing, but perhaps 8-10 would look more balanced.
As mentioned in my “likes” above, the grosgrain ribbon turned out to be a great idea. It definitely adds stability to the back neckline because the ribbon does not stretch. I couldn’t find navy blue ribbon (Ugh, Wal-Mart! No navy buttons, no navy ribbon!), so I settled for a complimentary brown instead. The ribbon was easy to add in and was definitely worth the extra bit of time it took.
I did not particularly like all of the seaming I had to do for this. However, the seams add structure to the garment, so are probably worth the hassle. A sweater worked in-the-round would probably be quicker to knit, but might not hold its weight as well.
Pattern Name: Basic Black
Pattern Designer: Glenna C.
Pattern Source: Ravelry
Pattern Rating: 3/5 stars
Yarn Name: Cascade Yarns Cherub Collection DK
Yarn Fiber Content: 55% nylon, 45% acrylic
Yarn Color: Navy Blue (#6492)
Yarn Rating: 3/5 stars
Date Started: 07/16/2011
Date Completed: 10/20/2011
07/17: Completed swatching for gauge; settled on size to knit
07/22: Finished back piece.
08/10: Started front left piece.
09/19: Started front right piece.
09/27: Finished right front; started sleeve #1
10/02: Finished sleeve #1; started sleeve #2
10/18: Finished sleeve #2; seamed; started button band
10/19: Finished button band
10/20: Added buttons, grosgrain ribbon to back neck seam, washed, dried
Please excuse the imperfect photos. It is difficult to get a decent shot of an item while wearing it. Also, the color of this cardigan is very tough to photograph accurately—it’s a nice, navy blue, no matter what the pictures tell you! The color is most accurate in the first photo.
Here you can see a closer shot of the grosgrain ribbon. You can’t see it from the right side, though the anchor stitches look big. I really don’t like that it’s a contrasting color, but my only other options were light sky blue and pink—so brown was the obvious choice!