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Newport Cardigan

Okay, so here's the cardigan finished.  I added ribbing around the bottom because the single crochet didn't really keep the back from rolling up along the bottom edge.  

Here's a photo before the bottom ribbing was added.  It's hard to see because I was holding the bottom in place, hence the ribbing decision.

I do very much like this pattern, and I have pulled a gorgeous colorway of Kochoron for another one.  This time I will make the next larger size (finished bust 40") This fits well enough, but there's not much ease.  

On the next one I'm going to try another edge treatment that is sure to prevent rolling but doesn't require an edging or ribbing. 

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  • Sep 13, 2010

    Thanks for your advice! I’ve now gotten both fronts done along with the back. I’m blocking them as we speak. So far they look pretty cool. They are living up to gauge for the time being.

    I am also a fan of thinner yarns and give me a pair of #1 needles and I am in heaven; so, this chunkier yarn is a bit of a stretch for me.

    I like the idea of using smaller needles and knitting a larger size. There is always more than one way to skin a cat – or knit a sweater!

    Right now I think that I am going to chance it and follow the directions as is. It’s tough for me ‘cause I’m famous for NOT doing that very often.

    I will keep you posted!

    — Marilyn Adams

  • Sep 13, 2010

    Just started this! Managed to get the back done in an afternoon of football watching. An easy knit but I love how quickly it is going. I NEED a cardi for the fall that is approaching, way too quickly.

    You mentioned ease. I’m making the 44 since my bust is 42. In your opinion is that going to leave enough wiggle room? I’m not a fan of tight sweaters and I want to wear this with a turtle underneath and still be able to look like I’m not poured into it.

    I’m using the Debbie Bliss Glen. I’ve seen it knit up in this but I am now questioning my choice – as I usually do! It’s drapey but maybe because it’s a shorter sweater it won’t sag too much.

    We all dislike saggy, baggy sweaters!

    Marilyn

    — Marilyn Adams

  • Sep 13, 2010

    That Glen is very nice – that particular blend of fibers is wonderfully soft, but as you’ve already found, it’s not particularly structured. If you look at the ball band info, it’s 99 yards to 50 grams – that’s actually the same yardage/weight as most heavy worsted yarns like Donegal tweed, Kathmandu Aran, Cashmerino Aran, and Berroco Pure Merino. So the yarn is depending on loft and bloom to achieve its stated gauge of 14 stitches to 4 inches. That dependency means that the fabric intended for Glen is light and airy rather than heavy and dense. Newport calls for 13 stitches to four inches, so you’re already stretching the gauge a bit, but ultimately, whether Glen is appropriate for your Newport depends entirely on whether or not you like the fabric. If it looks and feels chintzy, then you might want to knit a larger size on a smaller needle. I am personally a fan of things knit at a tighter rather than a looser gauge because it makes a sturdier, more durable fabric, but lots of folks really like the drape that comes from looser knit fabrics. I know you’re concerned about stretch, and sag, but I don’t think that you’ll have those problems with your Newport because the fiber is not too heavy, and, as you mention, it’s a cropped jacket. I hope I’ve answered your questions. Whatever you decide, I’m sure your Newport will be beautiful. I rarely knit the same thing twice, but I’m on the sleeves of my second Newport – it’s a great design.

    — Ellen

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