Monday, March 16, 2009
FO: Lush and Lacy Cardigan
The pattern is the Lush and Lacy Cardigan from sweaterbabe.com. The yarn is Debbie Bliss cashmerino aran. I love all the details in this sweater pattern -- especially the peplum and the gathered sleeves. I did have to do a lot of little tweaks to get the fit just right.
First off, the pattern's width dimension as shown in the schematic assumes that the stitch gauge with the lace is the same as the gauge with the stockinette. This was not true in my case -- the lace has a slightly looser gauge. In order to compensate for this, I added some side decreases on the peplum and one more set when the lace section begins. I did the same for the front but decreased a little less since I don't mind if the front is a little looser to avoid pulling on the front bands. I also did 2 rows of decreases on the lower sleeve.
Secondly, I don't know if the sweater is supposed to have a dropped shoulder design, but it is written with a very wide shoulder. I decreased the shoulder width by just over an inch. I also increased the armhole depth a little bit and made the sleeve cap taller.
Lastly, I added about 1/2" to the bottom section, and I made the sleeves about 2.5" inches longer so that the gathering starts just above the elbow.
I made crochet leaves for the hook/eye closures -- the last post discussed these leaves.