Saturday, August 11, 2007

Minimalist Cardigan body

I finished the body this afternoon and am now onto the sleeves. I don't think you can tell from the photos, but it has a kind of kimono collar - the straps that you see at the top are grafted together, then the edge is sewn against the back neck so that it will stand up. I don't know how I feel about the edging, personally. I know the pattern description says it is supposed to roll, and it's a "design feature" (we all know what that means. *wink*) but I find it very annoying. I am considering sewing a fabric facing and blocking the heck out of it to make it more... kimono like, and less like I am wearing rubber tubing over my lady bits.

Also, the sleeves increase a lot right about the ribbing, and while I like it on the model, it looks very blouse-y. I'll keep it, but I just thought you should know before you get there that there is no gentle increasing outward, just one free-for-all 16 stitches increased in one row. So, you may want to increase slowly along the seam line if that's more your style.

(Oh, and the sleeves aren't going to be elbow length on anyone who isn't 6' tall. As written, it's a 3/4 length sleeve on me.)

I hope to get this puppy done and put together pretty quickly, but sleeves are not my thing so I may end up lagging behind in the end~!


Bobbi said...

wow you're moving right along! .

yeah I noticed that design feature with the edging, since I've done the body of mine in stockinette I did the edging in moss stitch.

Jeri said...

I'm thinking I don't want the curly front design element either. That's one of the reasons I joined this group. I want to see how it works for someone who might like it and I want to see how those who don't want terminal curls deal with it.

The mini cardi is in queue for me. I'm busy on a sweater for dh just now.


Tanya said...

Just sent in a request to join and casted on tonight.

Thanks for the warning about the sleeves. Not sure how I feel about that yet. I'll be interested in seeing other's opinions.

About the collar...what if you did a ribbed neck a shawl collar. Not a lot of thought put into that so I'll have to think about it some more.