Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk- Marine Blue
Review of this blog from the beginning of 2014 might lead you to believe that I have spent more energy on sewing than knitting. How far from the truth! Reality is, I have more knitting time now than ever before. Since our move to the suburbs, I have two hours of designated train knitting every weekday. It adds up, let me tell you. What I don't have, however, is energy to work on things once I'm home for the evening. So, I knit, knit, knit on the train, pile finished pieces of projects on the chair in the bedroom, and start new projects. It's a really bad habit.
I attempted to guilt myself into finishing some of these things by posting evidence of my slothly negligence on Instagram, which did lead to minor advancement , but not much. All this procrastination leads to fewer finished projects, which leads to infrequent blogging. What's worse, I can't wear the things I've made if I never finish them. And, that's just sad... And wrong... Especially now that it's sweater weather!
Enough's, enough. I'm going to get myself caught up and back into a rhythm. We'll have been in the house for a full year in November, and it's about time I start to feel settled into a routine again. Part of that routine, is blogging regularly. So, be prepared to be inundated with a slew of finished projects.
To put my money where my moth is, I present the first of such aforementioned knitting projects. This is the Inky dress by Marzena Krzewinska. It's the most recent of my finished projects and one I've been looking forward to adding to my closet. It's a very easy to wear sort of dress. The increases starting below the bust-line create a somewhat trapeze shape that's curbed by an angular hemline that's formed using short rows along the bottom back side of the dress. The pattern is very easy to follow and explained clearly.
There isn't anything difficult about knitting this dress. But, I won't pretend that this isn't an undertaking. After all, this is a dress knit using sock weight yarn. In my case, it was approximately 1800 yards of sock weight yarn for the 92cm size. I took little breaks between skeins and worked worked on interim projects to help break-up the endless stockinette. I'd knit it again, not immediately, but definitely down the line. This dress is officially the least fussy item of clothing in my closet.
Yarn: Cascade Heritage Silk- Marine Blue
It's been a while since Meg, Liz and I collaborated. Summer is always crazy that way. But, not even sunshine and sandals can distract us from sewing and knitting. It can, however, slow us down considerably. Like, a lot. At some point towards the beginning of the summer we decided it would be fun to combine sewing and knitting into one complete outfit. Neither Liz nor I had ever sewn a Cambie before. And, we both wanted to remedy the situation. Meg, is a pro at Cambie sewing, but she was more than willing to add another to her closet.
You may think the duration of the summer would have given us ample opportunity to finish our projects, but it wasn't until we imposed a deadline on ourselves that we jumped to action. In fact, Liz and I pushed the envelop and finished our sweaters after we arrived at the location we'd chosen to shoot photos. It was a high intensity morning, to say the least.
But look at those smiling faces. We all made it!
I'm even wearing shoes! Oh, yes. I left the house (late, might I add) in lounge wear and forgot to pack my shoes. Then we had to stop for gas (tick, tock, tick, tock)... Thank goodness there was a Target on the way for an emergency shoe stop (I felt like I was on Super Market Sweep- in and out in under 5minutes), and thank goodness Michael is the most patient and unshakable man on the planet.
We quickly forgot any stresses that we'd brought with us after a couple cups of coffee, breakfast and the banter that ensued during. I wonder if you can tell how rowdy the three of us can be based on the faces you seen in these photos. It's pretty silly. And ridiculous. And there may exist video evidence that Meg and I know all the words to Sir Mix-a-Lot's biggest hit, of which we are ambassadors.
Speaking of big butts... Sewaholic. Tasia's patterns have a reputation for being generously flattering on pear shaped bodies, and the Cambie dress does not disappoint. Liz, Meg and I represent a pretty diverse spectrum of 'fit' and we were all able to sew this dress with very little modification. That's rare.
Liz opted for the full skirted version. And the skirt is exactly that, full. Liz reported having more fabric to gather into the waistband than any of the 50's dresses she's sewn previously. The result is gorgeous. Especially with the horsehair Liz added to the hem of her dress. Paired with her 1950's cardigan and the bias printed plaid Liz's Cambie has an incredibly vintage vibe.
Meg chose the A-line skirt and a fall pallet for her version. Her sweater had Liz and I envious. It's a gorgeous shape and weight. It also has some of my favorite elements in a sweater, faced edges. They look so nice.
And me, let's start with the sweater. The pattern is Dynamic Jacket by Phildar France. And, it's written in French, so I started by translating the pattern, thanks largely to Google Translator. Almost everything about the pattern worked out the way it should have. However, you can tell, in the photo above, that the neckband contains far too many stitches for the sweater. With the excess stitches in the band, the body of the sweater is elongated/stretched to make room. The band also did not want to lay against my body. Later in the evening, after we were done with photos, I removed and re-knit the button band. I subtracted 100 stitches from the recommended stitch count. I know, that seems like a lot, but I still pick-up nearly 300 stitches. It looks SO, SO, SO much nicer. It was an easy fix, and something I could have resolved prior to pictures, if I hadn't been so far behind schedule.
Now that the issue with the neckband is resolved, I really love this sweater the way I hoped I would. The yarn is fingering weight cotton, Sienna by Jaeger (Discontinued). It's beautiful. It's got a lovely shine and drape. And, I know it's going to be perfect for transitional weather while we wait for temperatures to drop into the wool wearing range.
I had a much more difficult time choosing my version of Cambie than I expected. This dress is very feminine and borderline adorable. Adorable is a style I struggle with. It's right up there with things like novelty prints and the color pink. I think they're fabulous on other people, but I feel absolutely ridiculous wearing them. I broached the issue with Meg and Liz, and decided on three things: 1. straighten out the sweetheart neckline. 2. Use wool. 3. A-line skirt.
I dug through my stash and found a cut of mid-weight wool with a fun swavy print. In the dim light of my hobbit hole (a.k.a. sewing space, a.k.a. basement), the colors seemed to be a perfect match, alas, the pattern in the dress is more turquoise than mint; the grey breaks things up enough that it's not immediately obvious. And, I think I can get away with it.
I was a little hesitant to sew the dress in wool, because most of the Cambie's I've seen are sewn in cottons. But, the details in the pattern, especially paired with the A-line skirt, created a really nice tailored, effect in my finished garment. Even if I did struggle trying to press my seams flat.
I topped the whole thing off with a silk lining, because I'm fancy. Sort of. I joked afterward that the zipper in my dress (~$4) cost me more than the fabrics I used to sew with combined (<$3). Truth. That's a major benefit to salvaging fabric from estate sales- Save money, save the environment and look swanky doing it. *steps off soapbox*
This mission will be filed under successes. I think we're all really thrilled with the outfits we made. We're all also looking forward to a little break before we tackle another project of this magnitude.
Finally, a HUGE thanks to Felix for taking all of our blog photos!!
As soon as I'd finished this blouse I slipped it on to take a look. The style is very different from anything I've sewn for myself previously. I stood in front of the mirror and stared for a minute. Turned. Stared some more. Then Mike walked in. I asked him what he thought of my new blouse, and he responded that I looked perfectly dressed for a renaissance fair. Not exactly the response I was expecting. I turned back toward the mirror. He was right. We laughed. I took the blouse off and set it aside. Oh, well, I thought. You can't win them all.
I decided to give it a chance, after all, Carme did take a little bit of effort to complete with her pintucks and placket, abundant edge stitching, sleeve ties, collar and cuffs. She deserved a spin around the block. I tucked the blouse into my black Hollyburn skirt and stood in front of the mirror. I felt nothing. I had Mike snap a few photos for the blog. When I reviewed them that evening after work, I had the same BLAH reaction. It just wasn't working.
The photos of my Carme/Hollyburn combo were uninspiring to the point I decided I needed a do-over. I rolled up my sleeves, undid a few buttons and let my hem hang out. Just like that, it clicked. Suddenly, Carme made sense. And, I really liked like her. In fact, I think we'll be spending a lot of time together this fall as layers become a key component of my daily attire. Will I make this blouse again. Maybe. Probably. Someday.
This was my first experience working from a Pauline Alice pattern. I chose to purchase the PDF version. The pattern pieces went together exactly as they should. Everything lined-up, and it was fairly quick and easy to assemble. I used the body measurement charts provided to determine which sizes to cut. For my shape, I needed to grade between three sizes from the bust to the hip (38-42). It seemed like a lot, but it was an easy blend, and I feel like I have an even amount of wearing ease throughout the garment as a result of the grade.
The instructions and illustrations provided with the pattern were very nicely drafted and clearly explained. I followed the instructions, mostly. I did use French seams on my side, shoulder and sleeve seams; I do this as a rule. Paired with the finishing techniques in the pattern, I think the end result is very professional and holds up to wear and tear. The fabric is estate sale stash. It's a semi-sheer embroidered cotton.
Nathalie has a lovely post on how she modified her Carme blouse to accommodate her bump. I'm excited for our next project together, Roxanne. The weather has shifted here and all I can think about is FALL. So, I'll definitely be making mine suitable for cool weather wearing! I'm dreaming about fall textiles, how about you?
P.S.- Do you live in New York? On a whim, Liz and I have decided to take a day trip and have been making plans via Twitter to meet-up with some lovely sewing bloggers while we're there on October 4.
As a "maker" and creative type, I think it's only natural to want to continuously expand and add more skills to my box of tools. At this point, I'm able to clothe myself in garments I've fashioned. I even have a few accessories I've made to mix-in with various outfits; however, there's a gap in my Me-Made arsenal. Shoes. And, I think it's pretty obvious why. For as many self-proclaimed shoe fanatics as I've come across, I've never met anyone who's taken their obsession to the next level and started making shoes. Why not? To start, shoe making requires a completely different set of skills and tools than knitting or sewing. And, I bet a lot of people don't know where to start. I sure didn't.
Fortunately for me, Sara, at Chicago School of Shoemaking turned her 40+ years of experience making shoes into a studio and classroom where she shares her experience working with leather and teaches aspiring shoe makers. Meg and I cut our teeth earlier this year. We took an intro to leather course and made ourselves clutches. Before we had finished that first lesson, we had our minds set on the sandal making course, and we convinced Liz to join us! (We're terrible influences on each other... terrible!)
We showed-up to our sandal making session armed with inspiration photos. We began the process by tracing the outline of our foot onto half a manila folder. We drew two lines. The first line correlated with the outermost portion of our feet. The second line showed where our feet made contact with the ground.
Next, we began to cut straight strips of leather in various widths. Using our outlines and strips, we created a pattern and design for our sandals. That right, each person created her own design! Pretty cool.
After we'd finished cutting strips, we made a mock-up of our design.
Sarah used our paper shoes to help tweak our designs and make modifications in order to guarantee a comfortable custom fit.
Then, things started to get really interesting! Using our templates, we traced and cut our sole materials. The soles are an undyed leather, and there's a lot of room for customization.
Each member of our class chose to use leather stamping tools to place our mark on the soles of our shoes. Additionally, we were able to dye our soles to coordinate with the leather we'd chosen for the upper portion of our sandals.
Once we finished dying, we got busy cutting our straps! One really wonderful thing about working with leather is that there is no finishing. At all. Once the straps are cut, they're totally ready to be attached.
In order to attach our straps. We traced our markings from our paper pattern onto our sole. Then, using a leather punch and a hammer, we carved opening to insert our straps.
The straps are first glued to the bottom of the sole using a leather glue. The portion of the strap attached to the underside of the shoe is thinned using a tool called a skiver. The skiver helps to eliminate bulk. After we made sure our straps were positioned the way we wanted them, we hammered little cobblers' tacks to doubly secure each of the straps from the underside.
After all straps were secure, we glued our heels to the bottom portion of the shoe sole and the under portion of the sole to the upper portion of our sole.
Those of us with fastening sandals attached our hardware to our ankle straps. Then, Sara helped us finish off our shoes by making one last fitting adjustment for each of us and cutting our shoes down to their final finished shape. I think we were all thrilled to have a pair of shoes custom fit to our individual needs. Liz, in particular, was very excited to have a pair of sandals to her teeny tiny feet!
At the end of the day, we walked away with incredibly individualized sandals and a hunger for more leather working skills! (Seriously, there's a bag making class in our future.) I very highly recommend sandal making to anyone interested in trying to make a pair of shoes! If you're in Chicago, go see Sara! Really. She is wonderful. And, she really knows her stuff. While we were in class, she estimated that she's made more than TEN THOUSAND pairs of shoes! Can you believe? WOW.
Not bad for a day's work! Would you make your own shoes? Have you? What other crafts do you wish you had in your bag of tricks?
Behold, my pathetic attempt at a hula. Sure, I'm in my backyard, not Hawaii, but never mind. This dress makes me feel like dancing. A couple weeks ago, while unpacking fabric (yes, still), I found this hibiscus floral print. It made me pause. As you well know, I buy the majority of my fabric at estate sales where selection is limited to the curations of the previous owner. But this fabric, I bought on purpose. And, I can't, for the life of me, figure out why. Nothing about this fabric is my taste. I bought it during an end of season sale from Fashion Fabrics Club, at a deep discount, no doubt. It's rayon challis, and it has a beautiful drape. But, the colors are.... interesting, to say the least. I was at a loss with it, so I resorted to my new fall-back plan for questions of uncertainty, Instagram (I'm not sure this approach works for decisions outside the realm of knitting and sewing, precede with caution).
I asked Instagram to weigh-in on whether this fabric was fabulous or fugly. They came through. Joelle suggested that I sew a Tiki-style dress, and that sparked my memory that I had a pattern in my stash that I've been meaning to sew, Simplicity 9704. It was a perfect storm. I have no attachment to this cut of fabric, so there was no risk to using it as a wearable muslin for this pattern.
It exceeded my expectations. The fabric is transformed into something far more beautiful now that it's sewn. Sure, there's still that baby-poo color fern in the mix, but the pattern and the fabric cooperate wonderfully. The dress is simplistic in design. Simplicity 9704 from either the late 80's or early 90's is a front wrap dress with a curved hem and three small pleats at the right skirt front. There is only one seam in the skirt, located at the center back. Shaping through the sides is created using long darts. The bodice is underlined to create neat finishes along the edges. And, the dress fastens through a combination of ties and hook and eyes. I had two yards of fabric, and I used it all to make this dress. So, unfortunately, I didn't have the option to match prints across the seams. It also means, I don't have any of this fabric sitting on the shelf staring accusingly from the depths of the stash. WIN!
There are things I will change in my next go-round. First, I need to shorten the bodice. As you can see above, I will have a better fitting dress if I remove a half inch or so. Also, I will modify the contour of the side skirt darts to better fit my body. I think the only other change I will make in my next attempt is to attach the straps prior to attaching the skirt. The pattern instructs to wait until the end of sewing before attaching the straps, but I think it would be easier and cleaner to attach them to the seam allowance from the inside of the lining. Speaking of straps. Do you see how teeny and awesome the straps on this dress are?! I bought a tube turner. It changed my life. It's completely worth the $4. I see a lot of spaghetti straps in my future!
Overall, I rate this project a success! I was able to use a pattern I've been intending to sew, I saved a piece of fabric from a slow death in the stash, I learned some valuable fit information, and I ended-up with a wearable garment in the process. Win. Win. Win. Win.
Do you have questionable purchases sitting in your stash? Do you sew them, swap them, or stare at them in confusion?
The very first vintage patterns I added to my collection are all various party dresses from the 1950s and 1960s. Practical? Not for my life, unfortunately. Still, the gorgeous envelope art and the attention to detail incorporated into designs from these eras strongly attracts me.
Most of my vintage treasures have sat, under-loved, in my pattern cabinet since the time I bought them. I swear I want to make each and every one, but I never seem to have a reason. Then, my good friend Molly got engaged and invited me to be a member of the bridal party.
Unlike all of the weddings I'd been in previously, Molly challenged each of us to find a dress for ourselves. She chose the color, equipped us with swatches and set us free with the instructions that she wanted to incorporate pattern texture and varying shades into the line.
At first, I wasn't sure I wanted to make my dress. A friend's wedding is a pretty important occasion. I had serious fears about being immortalized in her wedding photos as a giant craft project- especially after the first pattern and muslin I made were a complete disaster.
Then, while I was folding fabric and organizing my stash, I found the perfect piece of fabric. Who am I to ignore fate? The fabric is a double layer- lace adhered to a more stable and opaque fabric. It's likely from the 80's, if I had to guess, and it was certainly intended for a yardage heavy formal garment(s), as I started with close to 7 yards of it.
I sat down and flipped through my pattern binders before landing on Butterick 9561. I chose view 1, and omitted the modesty panel, as I have limited risk of indecency with low cut tops. I did make a fit muslin and made some adjustments prior to cutting into my fabric.
First, there are no bust darts in this design. All of the shaping through the bust is created by the pleating at the center of the bodice. I had more ease than I needed in my muslin bodice, so i removed width from the side seam and re-contoured the armscye. Next, I had no intentions of wearing any form of corset or girdle, so I straightened the angle of the midriff section to zero-ease for easy wearing. For my skirt, I used two panels instead of four panels and shortened the hem by nearly "18 in order to achieve an above the knee dress length. Also, I pleated my skirt instead of gathering it into the waistband. Finally, I omitted the facings on the bodice. Instead, I self-faced it with a light Georgette. I attached the bodice and skirt seams with French seams. And, I replaced the lapped zipper with an invisible zip.
For as nervous as I was to sew this dress, I am really happy with the way it turned out!
I felt confident and comfortable throughout the entirety of the day. And, most importantly, I give it high marks in the swirl factor department. Have you made your own formal attire? Share your experiences in the comments!
Have you ever had a pen pal? When I was small, I had several. We used to write and send letters between different states and continents. It definitely wasn't as easy to keep in contact then as it is now. All my correspondences transpired in the days before the internet, (that makes me feel ancient). And, unfortunately, I lost contact with all of my pen pals over time. Nowadays, its easier than ever to make friends and keep in touch with people in different parts of the world. One of the biggest benefits, for me, about blogging is the opportunity to discover people with common interests and hobbies. It's like having pen pals, but better and with instant contact! It's funny to refer to a person I've never met as a friend, yet that's exactly the way I feel about Nathalie. I met her through her blog a couple years ago and have had increasingly more contact with her as time goes on. Recently, we discovered that we have more in common than a shared interest in sewing and knitting. We learned that we have very similar body types and share many of the same complaints with fit and flattery in clothing.
When Nat contacted me to ask if I would be interested in sewing projects together virtually, I immediately accepted! There have been a few changes, well, one major change since that first conversation, but our plan remains.
Our first project is the Wiksten Tova top/dress. I'm embarrassed to admit, I was completely unfamiliar with this pattern at the time Nat suggested it. I'm so happy to know about it now, because I definitely see more of these in my future. Aside from grading between sizes, I didn't make any changes to the original pattern.
The sizing confused me considerably. Prior to cutting I had fears regarding the amount of ease built into the dress; it seemed like there would be A LOT.
Instead of following the recommendations, I measured the pattern pieces, subtracting seam allowance, and settled on the xs at the bust and the small through the hip. I never cut patterns in such small sizes, so I did a fair amount of second guessing. However, my measurements indicated that I would have four inches of ease through the hip using the size small, which is exactly what I wanted. As a person who is both short (5'2) and hippy, I was concerned that excess volume might make me look heavy and shapeless.
Im very pleased with the shape and fit through the hip area. The top of my Tova fits a bit snug through the chest and shoulders, so I will likely cut a straighy size small when I revisit the pattern. Based on my measurements of the flat pattern, I had expected a little more than an inch of positive ease through the chest, but I ended up with less. I may also incorporate an underarm gusset, because I like to have good range of motion without feeling constricted.
My dress fabric is a beautifully light chambray I pulled from the depths of the stash. It's crisp and drapes gorgeously. I rescued it from an estate sale a while back, and I'm certain I didn't pay more than $1 for the 5+ yards I brought home. (There's enough left to make an Archer!) For the placket, I knew I wanted to add a bit of 'pop'. I cut a small remnant piece of lace (also estate stash) to match the placket and sleeve cuff pieces. During making, I used both sets of placket and cuff pieces as if they were one piece of fabric and sewed per the instructions (It might be helpful to baste the lace to the dress fabric, if you're interested in trying this for the first time).
With regard to construction, I really appreciated the finishing techniques directed in the pattern. They make for tidy innards; however, I chose to use french seams in lieu of serging at the shoulder/side seam/armscye. I did stay within the 3/8 seam allowance, so I didn't have to make any adjustments. For the insert, I basted first, then sewed. I had a little difficulty getting the square neckline to be... square. But I managed in the end.When I basted, I did both sides before sewing the bottom, so I had two points to connect and less opportunity for fabric slipping.
Having both the front and back of the dress on the fold makes for a really quick and easy garment, but it eliminates a lot of possibility for fit adjustments. I have some fabric pooling at the small of my back, and I have no idea how to eliminate it without a seam to work it into. I have this same fitting issue with a lot of RTW dresses. Do you have any recommendations for me? Sway back, maybe?
My hem is a one inch hem. As I mentioned previously, I am 5'2. The length of the dress, as drafted works for me. If I was any taller, I would definitely add length! When I raise my arms, things border on indecency. Oh, and this happens....
It's a small irritant, truly, but I do have to give a little tug to adjust the placket anytime I raise my arms above shoulder level. This may resolve when I cut the larger bust size in future versions. I'll report back.
Ultimately, I love this dress. It's insanely easy to wear. I've worn it twice since making it, and it stands up to my daily activities with ease and provides constant comfort in the heat. I think that the gently folds at the collar give this a very timeless look; a take on the shirt dress, almost. And, I think that there is a lot of potential for versatility in a garment like this. Be sure to jump over and visit Nathalie to see her maternity version of the Tova top!!
*Only Nat is pregnant! :-) I am sewing the regular pattern version and she is adapting the pattern to accommodate her bump. :-)
It is of course a shape that works very well for our shape - a A-line top with good proportions, a nice neckline, and it is really super comfortable to wear.It is a simple tunic, a gathered yoke and gathered 3/4 length sleeve - that can be easily adapted to any style.
This is both our first time sewing Jenny’s patterns. We already talked about finishing details but the attention to them is amazing: the way she finishes hems & cuffs for instance. Her design feels refined and it felt like we were making high quality garment as we worked through her instructions.
After four months of knitting, procrastinating, dragging feet and knitting, I'm happy to say that we have finished our Channel Sweaters. HOORAY!
I'm not sure why it took us as long as it did to finish this project. Sure, it is a lot of knitting, but more than that, I think the four of us had a hard time enjoying the process of knitting this sweater.
The pattern is rated as difficult. I don't necessarily think that's accurate. The stitches are very basic. The charts are all knits and purls. No cabling. No lace. Nothing unusual.
In my opinion, the only difficult part of this pattern is navigating it. It's long. Eighteen pages!
I very much appreciate a pattern loaded with special techniques. With so many free patterns available, it's nice to get something extra for a pattern with a price tag.
What annoys me is having to flip flop through pages to find information. This is further annoying, because I don't print my patterns.
I prefer to read my patterns on either my phone or iPad. It makes sense to me that patterns being sold in digital formats should be more compatible for use on devices. For instance, special technique links embedded in the pattern where I need them. If that's not possible, easy to read bold faced text identifying pattern sections would make all the scrolling more bearable.
While I didn't enjoy the process of knitting this sweater, I'm absolutely thrilled with the product this project produced. Knowing that I would love this sweater when I finished it helped keep me motivated.
I chose to follow the recommendation and knit my sweater to incorporate 4 inches of overall positive ease.
This cardigan is going to be wonderful for layering! And, I know I'm going to wear it a lot.
Lately, I've been trying to choose my yarn color based on gaps in my closet. I have a large percentage of neutrals and few colorful options.
For this project, I used HiKoo Kenzie. It took me nearly 11 skeins(1,760 yards) to finish the cardigan. It was a pricey project, at roughly $10 a skein, but I'm really thrilled with this yarn.
The yarn is 50% merino, 25%nylon, 10% angora, 10% alpaca and 5% silk- all my favorite things rolled into one. I think each of the fibers contributes to the blend. The merino gives good definition, the nylon give strength, the alpaca gives a little drape, the angora provides a slight haze, and the silk gives a little luster. It's beautiful yarn.
I do think my collar could do with a bit more structure, but I like it fine the way it is.
I got perfect gague using Kenzie to knit this sweater. I didn't have to make any modifications, which was delightful! However, I decided not to block my sleeves to the sizes in the schematic- read Liz's post to know why! (We have some theories on why there are no rear views of this sweater on the project page!)
While we were knitting, Liz repeatedly referred to her Channel as a housecoat. It was her plan, from the very start to have a cardigan she could throw on while she was at home. I think it's worthy for wear beyond! The neutral color looks wonderful with everything. Liz even added little pockets to to the front for extra functionality. Liz made a whole MESS of modifications to the sizing of this pattern in order to get it to fit. Hop over to her post to read more about them!
Meg chose to knit her sweater with closer to zero ease. Oddly, she and Liz used the same variety of yarn on this project and they had extremely different gague. And, where Liz had to make adjustments, Meg was able to knit directly from the pattern without issue. It goes to show, it's important to swatch! Poor Meg will always have to knit more sweater than most in order to make sure sleeves and hemlines are long enough. In the end, it's well worth the extra headache!
Mari started to knit her sweater with the suggested ease but found that her sleeves were much larger than she had hoped. When Mari dropped down sizes to accommodate her gague, she got better fitting sleeves, but the body of her sweater ended up tighter than she had expected.
Ultimately, I think we're all happy with our sweaters. Or, maybe we're happy to be done. Or both! Be sure to check out what the other girls have to say about knitting the Channel Cardigan by following the links above.
Also, swing over to see Sara's Channel! Sara jumped in on the knitting about the time we finished our sleeves. And, she schooled us all by finishing first!
We finished just in time for summer! No bother, we'll be glad to have our wooly warm cardigans once fall rolls in. And winter. Oh gosh. Winter. It's too soon. I'm still hurting from the abuse last winter brought with it. I can't even think about cold weather!
Mike and Felix. Our lovely and talented photographers! They make us look good!