Name: A Sesame for All Seasons
Size(s): (to fit, finished size) To fit 44″/112 cm bust, 36″/92 cm-ish waist and 46″/120 cm hips.
Finished sizes: 40″/102 cm high bust, 38″/96 cm waist, 42″/107 cm hips, 18″/46 cm long from underarm to hem.
Yarn: (name, fibre, weight, colour) Rowan All Seasons Cotton Printed, 60% Cotton/40% Acrylic, Aran-weight in colour “Surf”.
Needles: (size, material, style) US 8 and 9 (Denise Interchangeable set)
Knitting style: (for stitch patterns) Combination/Eastern Uncrossed for all.
- Knit at a larger gauge/tension than pattern, so followed the numbers for a smaller size.
- Shortened the sleeves after seeing mention on Ravelry of the ape-like lengths they reached if knit as directed . Apparently, the cuffs are meant to be folded back, but you can see from the first photo that I’ve done that and they’re still the perfect length.
- Added “darts” for the waist shaping.
- Added short rows for the bust.
- Made the collar a bit shorter than specified.
- Picked up fewer stitches than recommended for the collar and button bands.
- Worked both the aforementioned on US8 needles in 2/2 rib.
- Worked the armhole and neck decreases 1 stitch in from the edges.
- Worked the right decreases as K2tog and the left decreases as SSK.
- Changed the number of stitches cast on for the fronts so as to work the rib over a nice number of stitches.
- Started the rib as knit (or purl) 1 and then (p2, k2), so when it was seamed up, it would look good and I wouldn’t have to seam a bunch of purl stitches!
Notes: This is a very nice, simple cardigan knit in a fantastic yarn.
I think I could have done with a little more ease in the hips, but everything else is good.
My only (slight) complaint (and some would see it as a positive thing) is that you are left to your own devices when it comes to the decreases and how to set up the ribbing.
For the more experienced knitter this is not a problem, because you normally have your own ideas about these things anyway. However, this is a design likely to be knitted by a fairly new knitter, because it’s pretty straight forward, but stylish. Therefore, I’ve provided fairly comprehensive notes on my modifications should anyone want to use them.
N.B.: I’m not smiling because I’m really not well at the moment and it was a real struggle to stand up for 5 minutes. And I don’t look good when I smile. Evidence?