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Saturday, January 7, 2012

One UFO complete - Knitting Smartie

 Ta Da!! or Voila' whichever you I just love that its done and I can now wear it it!
I started knitting this cardigan as part of my Fall Essentials wardrobe and previously posted about here:
I love the shaping on this cardigan which has darts as well as side seam shaping.
I love the vent detail and moss hem stitch at the hemline.
I love the flecks of lighter color in the yarn which helps to create more depth of color.
I love the 3/4 length sleeve.
They yarn felt wonderful in the hand but did want to split easily which made me nervous about some of the sections where I had to rip back and redo, but when finished it recovered fine, steamed and blocked well, and now I am looking forward to seeing how well it retains its shape. 

When tried on for the first time my husband gasped and said "Like it was made for you" which of course it was, but we always say it because good fit is so hard to achieve and is always greeted with great satisfaction and maybe a little pride.  He of course was not just referring to the fit but the style as well, which does really suit me:)
I would certainly recommend this pattern and will without a doubt make it up again because the style is  useful,flattering and not at all difficult to knit up.

I plan on wearing it tomorrow and will try to post pictures of the ensemble.

How is your sewing going in the New Year?
Do you have a new skill you would like to learn?

I am seriously considering sewing up a vintage garment this year....any suggestions? 
What piece of vintage/ historical costume clothing would you like to see a tutorial of?


  1. Oohhh, it looks much classier than the one on the booklet front! Great work on this.

  2. This is a wonderful sweater, and I would guess it fits perfectly. Nice job!

  3. Completely gorgeous!! I love the colour as well, and I really like the bit of moss stitch as a border... I agree it is harder to get a great fit in a knitted garment than a sewn garment, since you are knitting up finished shapes that can't be cut up afterwards!! Yikes!

  4. Thanks y"all :) Now I just want to make a silver grey wool skirt to go with it.

  5. Love the sweater! looks very elegant. As for sewing goals I would like to improve finishing techniques on coats

  6. Beautiful! I love the hemline with the vents! This is a pattern I'd love to try!


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