This post was a loooong time in the making. I finished these two cardigans weeks ago, but somehow never got around to showing them here, or putting them up on Ravelry.
Cardigans are probably my favourite item to knit, as well as being something I will probably end up wearing. In this climate you can usually do with an extra layer. As I like my clothes to be loose and flow-y, allowing me to move easily, I tend to go for A-lines. And as I hardly ever close them, I prefer my cardigans without buttons.
Where I still get it wrong though, even after a good four years of knitting, is size. Even when I knit several swatches, trying out different needle sizes. I seem to have evolved from knitting items that are slightly to small, to items that are way too large. Overcompensating. As a result, the item in question ends up in my wardrode, unloved and unworn.
For the first cardigan, Michiyo’s Stranger, I have gotten it right. Partly because for this design size doesn’t matter that much. It is a big, wrap around model. The second one, Cedarwood, a design by Alicia Plummer, I have only worn once so far. I love everything about this cardigan, the design, the yarn I used (Rowan’s Tweed). And the knit itself was fun and fast. But it is so big as to be positively unflattering. So I will probably end up having to find it a new owner.
You can find my Ravelry notes for both projects here and here.
Meanwhile, if you have any brilliant suggestions as to how to remedy this particular problem, I’d love to hear them! Happy knitting!