Friday, February 01, 2008

Puff-Sleeved Cardigan

I am so happy to share my finished Puff-Sleeved Feminine Cardigan with you. Started in July of last year, this project was forgotten during all of the wedding activities of September. I picked it up again in January, vowing that I would not let it sit on the needles for more than 6 months. Too bad it will be too cold to wear it for another 3 months!

Puff-Sleeved Feminine Cardigan from Fitted Knits
knit with Knit Picks Merino Style in 'Mint'

I modified the pattern from the waist on down, adding one more set of decreases and extra rows at the waist. I did not like the original peplum design, so I worked it in stockinette with increases every 8 rows in two places on the front and every 4 rows in two places on the back. I also used 9 buttons to help eliminate any gapping along the front. All of these modifications improved the fit, as I am convinced that this pattern was written for a short-waisted individual.

In the end, I am very happy with this cardigan. All of the frogging and reworking really ensured a good fit, and the final blocking really helped. I foresee lots of future wear for this cardigan, especially since this green is one of my favorite colors.