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FO: Dollar and a Half Cardigan

Pattern: Dollar and a Half Cardigan by Veronique Avery, IW knits Spring 07

Yarn: Brown Sheep Co. Cotton Fleece in New Age Teal, about 5 skeins

Mods: None except the yarn.

Notes: I have many mixed emotions about this cardigan.  I love the longer length of the body, and I love the asymmetrical fronts.  The puffiness of the stitch pattern mostly blocked out, and I think if I actually tried I could get it totally flat.  The seaming was a giant pain, and the sizing is off.  The picture above?  That’s with the sleeves cuffed.  See below for what it actually looks like.  I’m not entirely certain what to do here.  The body fits perfectly, but the sleeves seem to have come from another sweater entirely.  It isn’t just the length – the entire sleeve is rather large.  I’m not sure that I’m willing to rip out the sleeves and make them shorter, so I’m probably doomed to cuffing.   This sweater is a departure from my usual style – I like my cardigans short if not cropped.   I need some reassurance that the sleeves don’t look totally dorky.  Here’s the photo with the full length sleeves (although I will never wear them this way.)

I like how my expression is all “Damn these sleeves are long!”

20 thoughts on “FO: Dollar and a Half Cardigan

  1. Actually, I don’t think it looks dorky at all, it looks very comfy & cute. The sleeves seem a little baggy, but otherwise I think it looks great. I can’t wait to finish mine, but I definitly do not knit as fast as you 🙂

    I love the colour too.

  2. I love the cardigan on you! The color is amazing! I totally understand about the sleeves though. For the length, you could always take out a repeat of the lace/stockinette stitch, and then graft the ribbing of the cuff on… Would it be possible to rip out the cuff of the sleeves to the sleeve cap, and then knit the sleeves from the cap to the wrist? I’ve never done it myself so I’m not sure it’s possible!

  3. I think it looks very nice, and I personally love long sleeves. Although the sleeves are probably too long in there natural length, I think it looks great with the cuff rolled up. Nice job!

    PS Thanks for replying a while back about my Wicked question…It actually turned out! Yay!

  4. I would fold back the cuffs if it were me, but I’m lazy that way. If it really bugged me, I’d take it to my mom, who is an old hand at fixing that sort of thing, although I realize that’s not an option for everyone.

    Really, it looks great on you. The fit through the body is perfect and I like the longer length. Pretty color, too.

  5. It looks wonderful. It may be that the sleeves seem long because your shoulders are smaller than the pattern accounted for. If you look at the picture, the shoulder drops slightly down your arm, which will add to the finished sleeve length. Just a thought.

  6. I really love it! The color is beautiful and it looks so comfortable! I don’t think it looks dorky on you at all! And I personally prefer long sleeves so I think they look just the right length.

  7. I see what you mean about the sleeves. Personally, I love mine extra long. But if you’re going to wear them cuffed anyway, why not cuff them and put a stitch or two inside the cuff to sew it in place? That way, you don’t have to do it over and over again.

    The width is a bit much, but again, it’s not too bad. Being able to wear the cardigan over another garment is a good thing.

  8. You know, that looks like a perfect “wearing around the house” cardigan. Very comfortable, nice and cozy. Great colour on you too! Love it.

  9. I love it! It looks great on you – but I can see what you mean about the sleeves. If it really bothers you, can you pick out the cast on and rip up from the bottom until they are the right length? It does look great though – I really need to make this pattern!

  10. Wow it came out wonderful!! It is a shame the sleeves did not come out as you had expected. That is always a bit of a downer when you expect one thing and get another from a knitted pattern.


  11. I think it looks great! And I personally like the cuffed sleeves…It seems to be just right with the overall look of the sweater! Enjoy…

  12. I like the sweater. You did a good job. If you want shorter sleeves you can do what I’ve done in the past, cut an inch or so off the bottom, brush away all the resulting snippits, unravel a row or so to get to a good spot, pick up the stitches and knit the cuff. I’ve done this type of thing several times successfully.

  13. I am going to have to agree with everybody else that says the cuffs look cute rolled up. Nobody has to know that the sleeves are too long b/c it really does go with the look of the sweater for them to be cuffed. I love the color so much!

  14. I have short arms and don’t like too long of a sleeve. Perhaps you could cut off the current cuffs and unravel a few inches, then finish it off shorter and more to your liking? Or maybe just push the sleeves up when you wear it instead of doing all that work! I love that teal color – very becoming.

  15. I love the cardi – colour, body and sleeves length
    ( I have cold hands and most of my sweaters and
    cardigans have extra-long sleeves, which I usually
    pull down over hands and wear my sleeves mostly such
    as on the second picture.

  16. The cardigan is perfect! Very comfortable, nice colour
    and I especially like extra long sleeves ( I wear very
    often my sweater and cardigan sleeves too long – like
    the second picture )

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