Tuesday, May 19, 2009

The end of the Red Sweater Curse

don't forget--my 20% off pattern sale lasts through the end of May! (Ravelry | etsy)

The very first sweater I ever knit was a Vogue Knitting pattern in red lionbrand woolease. it was a simple seamed v-neck pullover with bell shaped sleeves. i followed the instructions to the letter, which meant that i knit the sleeves about 8 inches too long for my arms. my seaming was terrible. the sweater fit in the body but the wide long sleeves made me look like Gary Oldman's Dracula (the ancient version, but without the bad 'do) or maybe a red gorilla.

the second red sweater i attempted was analise from rowan 38 in knitpicks merino style. the body was too short, the sleeves were still too long, and the neckline was way too wide and would not stay on my shoulders. i believe it was 2005--the last time i ever tried to knit a red sweater.

i bought 4 skeins of red cascade 220 in 2007, but i could never bring myself to use it. it sat in the stash for ages, until i finally cast-on for a february lady sweater. i had almost finished the body and then decided that my pattern and yarn choice didn't harmonize. i ripped it out and put it back in the stash.

i recently wanted something soothingly easy to knit that wouldn't hurt my hands, so i busted out the winter issue of Knit1 and cast-on for the Garter Yoke Cardigan. i used #8 knitpicks options and 3.5-ish skeins of Cascade 220.
Garter Yoke Cardigan from Knit1
i used a cable cast-on for the smallest size, but knit to fit rather than following the pattern to the letter. i believe i omitted one raglan increase before separating the sleeves from the body.

i added an inch or so to the body. i decreased 2 stitches every two inches on the sleeves and knit 4" garter stitch cuffs. i used the one row buttonhole and the sewn bind-off for all edges. the 9 black buttons are from buttondrawer.com. they were very pleasant to work with, even after i goofed and mistyped my credit card number. after the correction they were fast shippers, and i even got my buttons on sale.

Started April 28, Finished May 7.
Garter Yoke Cardigan from Knit1
i could not be happier with this sweater. it's warm, comfortable, and simple. i actually wasn't that pleased with the color until i sewed on the black buttons. the contrast really makes the bright red pop. i know that i will wear it often, and i'm glad that my red sweater saga has finally ended.

12 comments:

  1. Totally cute. I bought that isusue of Knit.1 solely for that pattern and seeing your bright red has inspired me to consider knitting a swatch in some bright orange in my stash. Enjoy wearing it -- looks great with jeans!

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  2. Whoa, fast knit!
    Cute colour and style--it looks great on you!

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  3. It looks stunning! I like the red color! I made one for my daughter and I've cast on for one for myself two days ago. Unfortunately I'll have it even larger than the largest size for me. I hope it will work out.

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  4. Congrats on ending the curse! It looks great on you!

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  5. Oooh nice. I love bright red. I bow to your speed knitting skills....

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  6. Nice! Glad you slayed the Red Sweater Dragon. It's very cute on you! Love the buttons.

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  7. It looks wonderful! That's a great shade of red, too.

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  8. An awsome fit on you. And so bright and cheerful too, and off course you can't go wrong with warm.

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  9. So red!!! You look great in it!! And thanks for linking the button source!

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  10. Oh gosh. I love that type of sweater. Too bad I look like a linebacker whenever I try them on!

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  11. 3rd time's a charm! Beautiful red cardigan!

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  12. I love that red and that pattern! Great job.

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