Monday, February 09, 2009

honeycomb cardigan

Well, after much stretching,  I can fit into my honeycomb cardigan.  When I first put it on I like it, and actually think it fits fine.
See, not too tight across the back.
However, after I have it on for a while, (a minute or two) it pulls across the chest.  Mistake #1: since I raised the neckline, I should have also added more buttons.  Darn.  But, I figure that I don't always have to wear it buttoned.
And if I want to wear it buttoned?  Presto.  Cover it with a scarf.

All in all, I really like this cardigan and am sure it will get a lot of wear.  I prefer sweaters that can be worn as a coat.  
Size:  Small (Mistake #2, should have made a Medium)
Yarn:  9 balls Moorland 2576, bark by Classic Elite
Needle: Size US 6
Modifications:  I actually did a few and will post them on ravelry.  If you are not on there and are interested in my modifications, I can let you know through e-mail.
And for those of you who think that I should just go ahead and give this to my sister, I would if I could.  However,  a much smaller sister also has much shorter arms.  :)
Enjoy your day!

118 comments:

seemommysew said...

That is so pretty! I love it!

mel said...

What a lovely knit - I love your scarf cover (which I use buttons.... stains.... etc!) It's a classic!! :)

mumblingmonkey said...

It looks wonderful!

I wonder if the button band would not gape so much if you sewed a length of grosgrain ribbon to the inside. You've found some good solutions anyway, though!

Jane said...

Once again...a terrific looking sweater!

The Litter Box House said...

I love the color and sympathize with the button issue. But how smart of you to hide it with a long scarf! So much better than froggin...

You are making me want to knit a long cardigan you bad girl.

Andrea

cloth.paper.string said...

gorgeous, leslie!!

pricklypearbloom said...

oh, it looks so lovely, even if it does stretch out a bit in the boob region. :)

Missy knits said...

What a lovely cardigan--I love the pattern and the color! Makes me want to get through my current projects (all gifts) and knit something for me to wear!!

kim said...

Nope. Keep it. You Tim Gunn'd it or "made it work." Love it with the scarf!

Carrie S. said...

Love it - I am inspired. ♥

Anonymous said...

How about grosgrain on the inside of the button bands and place some sizely snaps! It just may work!

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Are they barmey?! Why on earth would you give this lovely knit away. Enjoy it. It looks great on you.

knittinbrit_in_wi said...

Are they barmey?! Why on earth would you give this lovely knit away. Enjoy it. It looks great on you.

Martha said...

It's beautiful. I have problems with fit in my sweaters too. :-p But it's gorgeous with the scarf so wear proudly.

Poshyarns said...

Oh I was so excited when I saw this post was up, I've been waiting to see this one because of course, you always knit the things I want to knit! It's beautiful Leslie, I love the shape of this one and the yarn is perfect. It did occur to me that you could add a little popper in between those buttons but I would probably just wear it open or with the scarf. Gorgeous work once again.

Sarah Jackson said...

lovely!! That's a great color on you and I love the swingy shape. I wish I had the patience to knit something that long.

Renee said...

It looks great! The scarf fix works for me. :)
If you only want to wear it closed, a strip of velcro sewn in would fix that...

Karen said...

When I grow up, I want to knit as beautiful as you do! LOVE the sweater..it's a very flattering style and color. Nice work:)

JoAnn said...

What a great looking cardigan! You did a great job and it looks wonderful on you. I really like how the longer lenghth looks on you.

Julie said...

Yes, you must have modified it quite a bit! It looks so much lovelier than the original. I'm always impressed when people take a pattern that I wouldn't think twice about and create something jaw-dropping!

PrincessPea said...

It looks fabulous, and so wearable too. I like the neckline you did, and I hope that the button issue doesn't put you off wearing it, as it definitely deserves to be seen out in public!

jess said...

it looks really great! it's on my to-make list. :)

Adina said...

it drapes very nicely and and has a great overall shape. i really like it and the scarf gives the entire look that j'ai ne sais quoi. well done!
Adina

t does wool said...

very pretty and the scarf works...

Prairie Girl said...

oh I really like it!! I've been a bit intimidated to try an adult sized sweater, but everytime I see something you have made, it inspires me to want to give it a go! Nice job!

lucky knitter said...

Oh, it's beautiful, and looks great on you! I love the color and mods you made.

Sally said...

It is beautiful. Looks wonderful on you. I do hear you about the button/gap situation though.
You might check out artsycraftybabe.typepad.com
her entry on January 8, 2009 may be an idea. It worked for her and I will try it when blocking the next sweater I make that is not for my 2 year old granddaughter:-)

Yarn It said...

It is gorgeous! I love the color of the yarn and the longer length. I thought the ideas about adding grosgrain ribbon and/or snaps was a smart idea.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Beautiful! Love the scarf fix :)

sue said...

It looks beautiful on you. You could always reknit the button bands and add more buttons to it too.

Cathy said...

that's great that after all that work it fits you! the pulling would be a bit of a nuisance, but definitely still wearable, especially with the scarf. :)

Jessica said...

I love it, I love it, I love it!!!!

iknitipurl said...

Looks great! Don't worry about the front too much, maybe once you wear it out a little it won't be as noticable.

Thimbleanna said...

Ohmygosh! That's a gorgeous sweater -- pulling or no pulling ;-). I love it with the scarf too. Very, very clever!

stacey said...

really wonderful... and it looks great on you.

Kara said...

A scarf is a perfect fix for pulling buttons. The sweater is gorgeous.

Lady Lawson said...

Oh, it turned out GREAT!!! YAY! And, I say wear it buttoned, but only do the one button, right below the bustline. TOO cute!

Now, if only I can learn to knit - LOL!!! As always, you inspire me to get started!!! - Erin

peaknits said...

This is fabulous - I'd say button one button too - no matter how many I have, I seem to do that! It is gorgeous! Sorry little sister!

TD wool design said...

you wear it well!
nice job!

evergreenknits said...

Lovely!!

And you could always do a little surgery on it and add more buttonholes if you wanted to

fromallstitchedup said...

Your sweater is great ! I give you lots of points for the large amount of knitting to get such a nice long sweater. The scarf works well too. .The fit and changes seems to all be a part of everyones knitting tales. Overall I think it's great

tiennie said...

I think it looks wonderful on you! You are so talented!

hyeknitter said...

So pretty!

Rachel said...

Another beautiful knit Leslie...loving the color and the mods you made to the pattern. Your scarf solution looks perfect to me! Very stylish.

Anonymous said...

love (1)


:-) Mimi

MadMad said...

Oh, I think it looks great - and knitwear stretches, eventually, so maybe you'll like how it fits later. (Though I think it looks great now.) Question: how do you pick your patterns? You always pick great ones that aren't already on everyone's list!

Cinnamonamon said...

Gorgeous! I'd be too selfish to give it away... ;) so I won't tell you that she might be more than happy to roll the cuffs once...or pick out a row or two & reknit the cuff...

stitching under oaks said...

It turned out fabulous Leslie...I like it so much better with the higher neckline. The sweater looks great on you! Nicely done...once again.

Jackie said...

this is beautiful, with or without the scarf, nice choice of colour and loves the buttons too.

is it "heavy" ? i love to knit one too even though it is not suitable to wear in this hot n humid place.

hmm...need to go to a winter holiday end of the year to be able to wear it ! can this be an excuss ?? LOL

Denise said...

Oh she can always turn the sleeves up! but of course I'd want to keep it myself (if I were you) ;-) Looks fab!

atckidswap said...

keep it! it's so beautiful, leslie. and i love your scarf solution. you smart cookie.

Julie said...

This is so lovely regardless. And I love that scarf on top.

hurrayic said...

You know, I was going to mention a scarf...you beat me to it. Really, it looks lovely on you - such a great color.

nicole said...

You'd be crazy to give this one away. It looks so good on you!!!

I must buy this pattern book!

Felicia said...

Beautiful :)

Shannon said...

Beautiful! I love how you raised the neckline. The fit turned out really nice.

opportunityknits said...

It looks great. Stylish :) Hope you fix the button bit

The WoodLand School said...

Just gorgeous! I love the clever scarf solution : )

Journeying Five said...

it is a beautiful cardigan! you did a great job!

em said...

it is gorgeous!!! i want the same!

13mimosa said...

Looks great.

dana said...

Beautiful. Absolutely Beautiful.

theknittingcowgirl said...

your hands are fairy's hands!!
wonderful work!

Hege said...

It's so beautiful!

Alison Boon said...

Great problem solving. I love the cardi though.

Estella said...

Love it! Love the color too! The scarf solution cracked me up - will have to remember that one for future use.

Knit and Sew City Girl said...

Your cardigan is so lovely...don't give it away! The colour really suits you and it is a good excuse to wear a scarve.

APA said...

The style and shape suits your long lines beautifully. The scarf adds a splash of color, accentuates the detail that are your perfect stitches and gives that "comfort fit" when buttoned. Wearable art of your hands. Gorgeous.

Kendall Micayla said...

Beautiful! I like the length, it is so pretty. :)

kathy in sc said...

Gorgeous as always. Both the knit and the model.

Claire Herne said...

I think it looks lovely on you! I also noticed that in the pattern book, its pulling across the front on the model too. Could be a design flaw...

zebraknits said...

You wear browns so well. This one is adorable Leslie.

The A.D.D. Knitter said...

I think it looks perfect, love it with the green scarf especially!

Cybèle said...

I think yours is much nicer than the original, and it looks great with the scarf

Trisha said...

What a great sweater! That's disappointing that it pulls in the front like that. I love the color you picked to knit it in. I am working on my first sweater over on my blog. I hope to finish it this week!

Gretchen said...

awesome!

wiscjennyann said...

Wow! Beautiful! Congrats! (!!)

Hilary said...

It looks great! And the scarf is a perfect coverup. :)

Erin said...

I still think it is beautiful. Looks like a perfect "going for a walk" sweater.

amandajean said...

it's just lovely and it looks so great on you!!! you and your knitting blow. me. away!!!

SJ said...

I love this! Beautiful!

SunnyInspiration said...

Love it! So pretty!

Hadley Gets Crafty said...

Good thinkin', Blinkin', with the scarf thing. Looks great!

You could also sew some invisible snaps in there between the buttons. That would take care of any gapping. I actually do that on my dress shirts sometimes, as I'm a skinny gal with ample boosiasms, and often have the pulling-accross-the-gals problem.

raining sheep said...

I love the cardigan and like you, I enjoy cardigans that can be worn as a coat. I would bet that the pulling might disappear with wear. Really great job...it is a beautiful knit and the color you chose is wonderful.

theannotatedlife said...

that is one beautiful coat. and i love your idea of using the scarf to hide the stretched part and, also, to add a nice touch to the whole look!

-nana

LizKnits said...

I think it's lovely and love that scarf trick!

Nell said...

Cute and utterly wearable!

Windy Knitty said...

I love it! It's looks so comfy and cozy.

Giynlith said...

I think you made the right decision to nix the 6" ribbing at the bottom. The garter stitch border is much more flattering.

Caroline said...

It's beautiful....and the gaps in front...that's the story of my life. You have the perfect solution.

EGunn said...

The sweater looks great. You might try sewing grosgrain ribbon onto the back of the button bands; sometimes that reinforces it just enough to prevent gapping. Though I really like the scarf...

sylv said...

Looks great on you. I vote for snaps. I've been known to stitch cardigans closed where they pull (I'm a bit on the busty side). Then you're stuck wearing it closed, though.

Katie said...

Wow! Beautiful. Just added to my Ravelry faves!

Crystal said...

I think it looks fantastic!

deb said...

That's a beauty! Love the color, the length, the style. Mmm... good choice.

What if you just close the top button or the top two? What happens then? Or did someone comment on that already?

I'm crazy over the scarf combo.

You did a great job!

Suzanne said...

That is just beautiful. Looks like it fits you perfectly. What an awesome color to wear with anything. Nice job and enjoy!!
Suzanne

Leslie said...

I love this sweater and the fact that it's almost a jacket makes it so versatile. Even with the button issue I think it's amazing. (I'd probably wear it unbuttoned, anyway, and your scarf solution is perfect.)

margot said...

When sewing they often recommend that you put a button right at the bustline and then space the remainder of your buttons from there. I'm not sure I would have liked that solution here. You would have ended up with buttons very widely spaced or lots of smaller buttons. I like the size and number of buttons you have and the sweater is beautiful on you--truly inspiring! I have a couple of ideas but no clear way to express them in this type of forum.

Kyrie said...

I LOVE this cardigan! Must knit for myself!

TrishH said...

thats a beautiful sweater.
I love sweaters like that.

I would have to add pockets though, i need pockets. :D

amanda said...

Love it! I'd go with a few well placed snappers too. Had to do this with Lily's Brambling jacket as even with lots of buttons it was still trying to gape a little.

Emily said...

Gorgeous. I think it looks great!

MONIQUE said...

sorry the fit wasn't perfect but I love the length and texture at the top. You look absolutely fabulous!

Jodi said...

I love the texture on the top, and what a lovely and versatile color.

alejandra said...

Its beautiful Leslie, it fits great en you. Nice job!!!

Elizabeth Western said...

So lovely. Even if it doesnt fit exactly it is still adorable.

Philigry said...

leslie, i love it. i think it looks great. in the second photo, where the buttons pull a bit, i think it looks like it is supposed to be like that. i think you will wear it a ton. can't wait to see what is next!

Nora said...

It looks so beautiful on you Leslie. And so much nicer than the original.

nova said...

I think your modifications were key to brilliant success! I saw the original and didn't give it a second thought, but your version is quite nice. I want one of my own!

La Cabeza Grande said...

You (and your Honeycomb) are amazing! I dub thee the "Mistress of Lemons to Lemonade".

The fit across the back is dead on. And your fix for the openness in front? A brilliant excuse to knit more cute neck wear.

mommiez said...

me and a friend have issues with buttons since we have big breasts :) I usually don't even buy shirts, because the buttons will just pull. The other day she told me, she sews on "snaps" between buttons... They don't show outside of the shirt/sweater, but will be able to pull the two sides together. I am not sure if it will work with a knit piece, but it might be worth giving it a try...

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