A few months ago I purchased this hand spun tweed wool from a trader on www.trademe.co.nz – our Kiwi version of Ebay. I often buy yarn second hand off Trademe, as there are some unique yarns for sale at very good prices. I got 900 grams in total and knew I’d have more than enough to make myself a cardigan. I’ve designed many sweaters, tops and cardigans for babies and children, but nothing much for adults. I had always been a little tentative to try to design an adult-size garment. I just thought getting the fit right might prove difficult, but this cardigan has turned out so lovely, that I think I’ll certainly be designing more womenswear in the future.
To begin designing this sweater, I grabbed the measurements from one I wear all the time. I began by making the back piece to the same width and length as that of my favorite cardigan. I had originally intended to make this cardigan with long sleeves, but once I had the back and front pieces assembled and tried it on, I thought it looked lovely with short-sleeves. It is a great layering piece – perfect for all types of weather. It will be great in Winter worn over a long-sleeve t-shirt.
I found this cute little mannequin at our local mall the other week and it is proving very handy for modeling some of my neckwear and top designs. I love the little polka dots.
I listed this pattern for sale on Ravelry last evening and have had 2 comments so far:
“LOVE this!!!!” ~ Kristie
“Love this cardigan! It looks so professionally done! Love the knit-look!” ~ Debra
I really appreciate receiving feedback about my designs; It encourages me to keep designing. You can view more details of the Classic Ribbed Cardigan here. I’d love to hear your comments as well!