Subversive Femme

FO: (Not so) Cherry Cardigan, c.1939

*please excuse the ‘arty’ photos, I got Fin to take them and he loves angles*

Shoes, Endless. Skirt, me! Belt, opshop. Necklace,
opshop.

Pattern: Grandstand Cardigan

(the original from here, the reproduction here).
Yarn: Spotlight Basics Merinos
The Good:
I love this! Its a relatively easy but long knit (hello rib), and has puff sleeves. Puff sleeves with little shoulder pads!
I’m really happy with the fit and length as well. I can’t go on enough about how much I love the shoulder pads.
Despite being from Spotlight, the yarn feels really nice and I think it’ll wear well.
The vintage buttons are from Etsy, and are nice and heavy.
The Bad:
The Red Heart version of the pattern is shocking. Its badly written and has annoying mistakes, such as:
– gauge. The RH version gives the gauge for rib thats slightly stretched, but if you calculated the amount of stitches used by the gauge, its much too big. Try 8 inches of positive ease too big! I made the size 36, but could have gone a bit small I think. TIP – make the next size down if you’re going to do this.
-armhole depth. Much too deep, I shortened the overall depth by 1 1/2 inches front and back. Didnt need to adjust the sleeves as they were fine.
– button hole placement. They didnt change the space between the buttonholes to compensate for larger sizes. I ended up adding another button hole but that was fine.
Mods:
Armhole depth (as above), extra button hole (as above) and added in a grosgrain ribbon backing to the button holes.
I made up one cherry for the shoulders, but didnt like how it looked – a bit too arts and craft for my taste.
Overall, I love this cardigan. The miles of boring rib paid off, and I know i’ll wear it heaps more next year with high waisted skirts.
I won two free tickets to the Love Vintage Fair tonight at Canterbury (thanks Circa Vintage!), and instead of wearing a 1950s outfit i’m contemplating doing a 1930’s look just so I can wear that cardigan…

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  • Reply
    ravishingretro
    October 14, 2011 at 12:26 am

    So cute! I love the cherry detailing.

    Have fun at the Love Vintage Fair – I'll be popping over on Sunday.

  • Reply
    Debi
    October 14, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Fabulous cardigan! So cute with the red buttons and cherry pin!!!

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    Tasha
    October 14, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    LOVE it! Modding the pattern once you realize some elements are crazypants, a knitter after my own heart. lol It looks fantastic, I love the bright red buttons on the black, too. Awesome!

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    Cecilia
    October 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    I am so impressed with all that ribbing you knitted! The cardigan is gorgeous and you look fantastic in it.

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    LynS
    October 15, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    Such a good outcome! This cardigan is perfect for you. Like Cecilia, I'm in awe of your persistence In knitting so much rib – and in black as well. Great buttons.

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    Bex
    October 17, 2011 at 5:15 am

    Thanks so much for the lovely comments! xxx

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