4.18.2009

Sienna Cardigan


Wow. Its done. I can't believe I wasted 4 months thinking that this Sienna Cardigan was not going to turn out right. It looked so small before it was blocked and seamed. I was convinced that it was going to turn out toddler sized. But no! Isn't it wierd? It totally fits!


This project has really taught me that you just don't know until you finish something.
Blocking really does amazing things.
Look I can even button it up!
So. Wierd.


I am really pleased with how this sweater turned out, especially since I wasn't expecting anything from it. Really.. as I was washing it I was writing out a tragic blog post in my head.. this was going to be the project that failed.
But I truly love it!
Here are the modifications I made to the pattern.
The pattern originally called for a bulky weight yarn. I wanted a smaller fit so I knit it up with Zara Plus (from the stash) which is an aran weight. It turned out being around a 32-34" size instead of a 36".
I also made mine longer. I did an extra repeat or two of the cable pattern.
Also I did something stupid. Well. Its not really a stupid concept. I just carried it out stupidly.
This pattern originally is a straight up and down sweater, no shaping in the body. I've found that super straight fitted sweaters can ride up as you wear them and not lay right. Since this fact was concerning me. I added waist shaping. Well. Alot of waist shaping. I went a little overboard and shaped this sweater for a model with extremely curvy proportions.
So it fits me kind of strangely. Wierd puckering on the sides.
(I tried to hide it for the pictures.)
Wont do that again.

20 comments:

Maria said...

It's absolutely gorgeous!

knitaholic said...

I love it! It looks so pretty!

Kitten said...

This is such a gorgeous sweater. I love the green!

sweetp said...

It's gorgeous. Just gorgeous.

Rebecca said...

Beautiful! Such a gorgeous colour and it looks a great fit too!

Gingerbread said...

Yes lovely the green was a good choice it dose look nice. Blocking is a task i do not like but like you say, if you don't take the time you do notice. Have a lovely weekend Julie.C

SweetDreams said...

ditto on "Gorgeous!" I'm so excited for you that it ended up fitting. What a nice surprise :)

Julie said...

It turned out just lovely, stunning colour and great fit!

Vanessa said...

beautiful cardi!

Clumsy Knitter said...

It looks beautiful! (Of course.) Love the buttons. :)

Audrey said...

You did a fabulous job- I am sure you will get a lot of wear out of it!

Estella said...

Simply Stunning! Love it!

Rene' Sharp said...

This really did turn out beautifully. It looks so pretty on you! I am busy with a sweater that is looking like it may be a bit on the small side, hope blocking works the same miracle for me!

Team Knit ! said...

Gorgeous!! I really love those buttons, too. Such a fresh spring-y green!

- Julie

hyeknitter said...

It's beautiful! And you can't have too many green sweaters:)

Pretty Knitty said...

Beautiful! See, you need more green sweaters. ;-)

Angie said...

It turned out lovely and I love that color green. :) Very pretty.

skinner studio said...

It's beautiful Alana! Such a fabulous color for you.

Happy Knitter said...

Definitely beautiful. Your skills are awesome! We can learn something each time we make a new project. No one has to know but you what you don't like about that sweater. To us, it's fabulous! And I do love that color green.

Jenny said...

It really turned out great! Blocking is an amazing thing, isn't it? I absolutely love that color.