1/11/11

Boyfriend Cardigan

2011 Knit garment.... Yawoowee!... I started this project back in November and with the holidays and other crafting endeavors I worked on it sporadically. 



The pattern is Cornelia Tuttle Hamiltons' Open-Neck Pullover Sweater from Knit Simple's Spring/Summer 2006 issue, which I modified for a cardigan.  This is my second time around... can you tell I like this pattern...lol


Instead of the recommended yarn, I used Gray Plymouth Yarn Encore Worsted  and Cream Caron One Pound  for the contrasting sections.   I thought it would be interesting to add the contrast color to the sleeves, but ummm nerp... didn't like it once the garment was completed.  Without a hiccup, I went to my sewing machine and stitched along the beginning of the contrasting band line and then cut off  just below the stitching line and did two rows of crochet... haaa much better.




The neckline on the pullover sweater is very close to the shoulders and being that it was going to be a cardigan I wanted a closer fit and also needed button bands. Join yarn at the bottom edge of the cardigan and did several rows of crochet.
In my weird way of thinking instead of swatching, I figured since I'd worked the first one up using dk weight yarn, I should go up a size for a comfortable fit.  Umm yeah about that... the cardigan is big, but not too big that it looks sloppy.  Its just bigger than I like my cardigans to fit, so its been coined the boyfriend cardigan.  I wore it this past weekend over a thin pullover sweater with jeans and thinking it may be just what I need for the weekends.  Maybe I should rename it the weekend Cardigan...lol


24 comments:

Lori said...

Very cute cardigan.

del said...

I like your renaming of it. I had forgotten that you were the Queen of Modifications! lol. It's lovely; I think I like it better without that contrasting cuff, too. Good to see you haven't lost your touch with the needles.

Rosy said...

A cardigan totally fun, I like the end result, you are very bold, I would be shaking if I have to cut and the sleeves ...

Anita (Summer Gypsy) said...

Beautiful sweater. I love the contrast waistband. Very flattering.

Gail said...

Great colours, great look.

Andrea said...

Very nice job on the Boyfriend Cardi. I like your final version very much. Beautiful job as always.

Candice said...

Very pretty cardigan, and love the contasting cuff!

Candice said...

Very pretty cardigan, and love the contrasting cuff!

Candice said...

Sorry Shelia for the double post :)

Irene said...

Wonderful cardigan. Love your colour combination.

Tanya said...

So cute, love the color contrast.

Adrienne said...

Very cute!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Aren't bigger sweaters in right now? I bet it looks great on!

MAD14kt said...

So CUTE! :)

Jackie said...

Nice cardigan!

Alethia said...

Wow, very nice~ you are just a regular knitting machine,lol!!!

Brenda said...

WoW Sheila. Your cardigan is beautiful as are so many of your knitting and sewing projects. Your knitting projects almost caused me to take up knitting as another project. After much thought, I decided that would not be a good idea for me at this time. LOL I need to get back to my sewing.

Thanks for sharing.

Myra said...

Great cardigan! Love the colors too, wish I could find more "yarn" time too! It's very relaxing, isn't it??!!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Again, nice and classy.

KopyKat-Kim said...

I love sweaters! I swear I'm going to take a knitting class. My mother is an awesome knitter but still lives in Bermuda. Or maybe I could come let you teach me! LOL

Knitaholictoo said...

cute!

Cennetta said...

Whatever is choose to call it, weekend or boyfriend cardigan; it super cute.

Barbara said...

Great cardigan, unbelievable to me how fast you turn these creations out. What's your time management secret?

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Love the look of this beautiful cardigan!