Sunday, January 27, 2008
Boxy cardigan done!
The pattern is the Michael Kors boxy cardigan from Vogue Knitting Spring/summer 2007. The yarn is Di.Ve Zenith 100% merino wool. I used under 10 balls.
I’m pretty pleased with the result. It is a very soft, draping, lightweight all-purpose cardigan, casual, but not too casual. The yarn is very soft with no sign of itchiness. (I can get itchy even with merino wool). It does split a little too easily though.
Customizations: I put the ribbed border on the sleeves. I did not like the split collar in the back as called for in the pattern, so I increased the ribbing to 2-knit/3-purl in the back and shoulders to allow the collar to fan out and fold over without too much strain. I used short rows for the collar so the front band is about 3.5” but the widest collar section is 4.5”
I think there is something funky about the pattern for the front sections. I had no problems with the sleeves, but I changed the decrease rate on the front sleeve-side edges so that they did not decrease as sharply to a point and end up very short of the corresponding sleeve edges.