Friday, May 09, 2008

gathered cardi

The Gathered Cardi is complete. The pattern is from Knit.1, Spring/Summer 2008. I used 6 skeins of Lion Brand Cotton-Ease in taupe on size 8 needles. The only modification I made was on the gathered seam. I was worried about the gathered seam hitting across the chest, and decided to try to just block the heck out of it. It helped a bit, but not quite as much as I had hoped. However, now that it's finished, it turns out I don't really mind! I'm actually pretty happy with the way this looks. Sure, it's big and swingy and slouchy...but I like it like that. :) It's sort of cute and it's definitely comfy and even though it's a pretty uncomplicated design, I appreciate the simple design elements it does have: the wide seed stitch borders, the cuffed, shortish sleeves, and the big wooden button (which I found on eBay). I'm still really happy with the way I bound off and picked up stitches for the gathered seam---it was definitely worth the pain and effort! Part of me wishes I had chosen a bolder color, but when I buying the yarn I was thinking that a big, gathered, swingy cardigan in a bright color would be a bit too much. Even though it's very similar to my Patti cardigan, the Gathered Cardi looks much more casual (to me), so I don't care much that I knit two such similar garments. There are more slightly blurry photos taken in a smudgy mirror on Flickr!

35 Comments:

Blogger Stacey said...

That came out beautiful! It looks really comfy and seems like it could either dress up or down!

9:30 AM  
Blogger soknitpicky said...

I know you were worried about it during the process of knitting it, but it came out really beautifully and looks *so* comfy!

9:39 AM  
Blogger knottygnome said...

it looks awesome! i have learned that i look terrible in swingy tops, so i envy your ability to pull off the look with panache.

9:55 AM  
Blogger E to the M said...

I absolutely love it!

9:56 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

Not "sort of cute" like you wrote, but VERY cute. It looks lovely on you.

10:02 AM  
Anonymous kim said...

I love this. It looks fabulous on you!

10:18 AM  
Blogger jillian said...

Love it! It's just the right amount of swing. So frequently when I see your FOs, it's makes me rethink a pattern I thought wasn't for me :)

10:23 AM  
Blogger Hilary said...

It's more than "sort of cute" -- it is EXTREMELY cute! Dang it, now I want one.

10:57 AM  
Blogger Kari said...

Delurking here to say how much I LOVE your cardi! It's so lovely, it looks really cute on you!

11:20 AM  
Blogger Nonnahs said...

It turned out great! Very cute!

11:33 AM  
Blogger winnie said...

Oh how cute! and so very wearable. I need something like that too.

12:24 PM  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

I love love LOVE this! Wow, I might have to hunt down a copy of that magazine just for that pattern! That's going to be a great summertime sweater!

12:37 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Great cardi! I love the button.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Tora said...

It's lovely! And I wouldn't worry about the gathered seam hitting across your bust, because you look awesome in it!

12:58 PM  
Blogger Mackenzie said...

This looks great on you! I love the seed stitch border. I've always been unsure about swingyness on myself, but you really pull it off. And I think the brown compliments your hair nicely.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

you look tres chic! i love it on you. excellent job.

3:23 PM  
Blogger Kessa said...

Cute and casual...it's perfect!

6:28 PM  
Blogger Susan said...

I love them both! This one has a totally different vibe. Comfy chic while Patti is more uptown cool. Congrats on a fab FO.

6:56 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

looks great and well worth the effort!

7:04 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

i love it! it's cute and fun and i bet you'll get a ton of wear out of it :)

10:09 PM  
Blogger knitting harvest said...

Adorable! What a great casual and comfy sweater. Well done!

7:31 AM  
Blogger melissa said...

i'm glad it worked out in the end! it's really cute on you!

7:42 AM  
Blogger erin michelle said...

You must knit at like, the speed of light. You finish two sweaters in the time it takes me to like, wind a ball. Good JOB.

7:59 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

i am in love with this sweater. and have been thinking about it since i saw it on flickr.
fabulous job. it is SO cute, and looks fabulous on you!

10:01 PM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

totally looks great!! love it :-) nice job jenna!

9:14 PM  
Blogger Monique said...

Love love love it! Now I want to go hunt down a copy of that magazine. You always pick great patterns to knit!

10:08 AM  
Blogger knitlit kate said...

great job...beautiful finishing touches, as usual! you look fab in it! man, your sweater output never ceases to amaze me!

6:58 AM  
Blogger Maryann said...

Like many others, I'm totally in love with this sweater. Very cute and looks very nice on you! Oh, I 've just got to get that book too :)

2:58 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

this looks so beautiful! I definitely prefer yours to the one in the magazine. great cardi!

10:41 AM  
Blogger granny said...

i just bought the mag today and saw the cardigan and didn't put it together where i'd seen it before.

hi! i read your blog and identified your cardigan with the magazine i bought today! haha

x

11:00 PM  
Blogger Peacock Chic said...

WOW, jenna that came out really cute. makes me want to go make one so I have a comfy sweater too :O)

4:20 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

6:03 AM  
Blogger Euroknit said...

Beautiful!!!

7:01 PM  
Anonymous gracie said...

so great, I've got to knit one too! My gathered seam isn't coming out as crisp and clean as yours though...what kind of increase did you do? Thanks for the inspiration!

6:39 PM  
Blogger Yarn said...

very beautiful.
Yarn

8:11 AM  

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