Sunday, October 19, 2008

Progress Stalled

I have been meaning to post in-progress pictures of the Must Have Cardigan, but every time I take a picture, by the time I'm ready to blog it, I've gotten another section done. Oh well!

I just LOVE the way this cardigan is coming out. I finished knitting and seaming it, and I even did the responsible thing and wove in the loose ends, something I find tedious. The cable patterns were so interesting that I never bored of knitting them, and I think I'd even be willing to knit another cardigan in the same pattern (for someone else, of course, as I don't need two exactly the same.)I altered the pattern slightly by making it 2 inches wider, 4 inches longer, and putting in waist shaping so it wouldn't look bulky around the middle. The original pattern is straight at the sides and rather short (21 inches long?), and I think that always makes women look boxy-shaped. I was completely thrilled to discover that my calculations were correct. (Can we all gasp in astonishment here?) Woo-hoo, I'm finally getting the hang of knitting a sweater to fit!
I could technically wear it as it is, but I think I'll block it a bit in hopes that it will drape a bit better. The warmth of this thing is lovely, though, so it's also nice as a rather clingy cardigan.

I got buttons from JoAnn Fabrics, but unfortunately they didn't have enough for me to finish this cardigan completely. Bother. I will have to wait until they get another order of buttons in so that I can wear this thing in public without looking ridiculous. Well, more ridiculous than usual, that is!I'll post official modeled pictures once buttons are sewn in and it's blocked!

Pattern: Must Have Cardigan
Yarn: Patons Classic Wool in Woodrose Heather
Needles: Denise Circulars US size 6
Ravelry link for specific alterations is here

7 comments:

Nikki said...

OMG, I can't believe you've almost finished that sweater since our meeting! I haven't even finished my dumb bunny! LOL

Well let me be the first to volunteer to graciously accept that 2nd cardigan if you are just aching to make a 2nd one! ;0p

hakucho said...

Your sweater is gorgeous! You are the expert now :)

Ellen said...

Gorgeous, girl! You look great! The sweater is soooooo pretty.

Shelley said...

Awesome job on the sweater, and it looks fabulous on you too!

Sereknitty said...

Nice job, Rachel! Looks beautiful on you, too.

Danielle said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous :) I wish I had your knack for sweaters!! That will be wonderful for this winter, won't it?

Lucinda said...

Fabulous! It looks great on you!

I hope JoAnn Fabrics hurries up with their button order. It does look like you could get away with moving that top button to a different button-hole, though. (The button you didn't fasten.) That might make the sweater a bit more wearable while waiting for more buttons to arrive.