I finally got to take a few pictures of me in Boothbay Cardigan, they aren’t the best (it’s so dark in the mornings now) but you can see my finished object!
I enjoyed knitting this project but I realized after it was finished that for a shorter person like myself, with hips and butt this cocoon shaped cardigan isn’t the most flattering. Is it warm? Yes. Will I wear this as the air gets crisper and I’m walking the dog? You bet. Will this be a closet staple? Not sure yet. My problem was that after I bound off the 5 inches of garter stitch for the neckband (so. much. knitting.) it was too tight and sitting up around my butt and hips. Not a good look. So my knitting buddy Lavon suggest I take out the bind off and do a stretchy bind off just around my hips and the bottom half of the sweater to give it a bit more give. Thank goodness for knitting friends. If she hadn’t suggested that this would’ve been a throw away piece.
Now it sits better around my hips and butt without sticking all the way out like a mushroom cap. My collar is the 5 inches per the pattern but doesn’t fold over like in the project pics. I also had to shorten the sleeves considerably once I realized how long they were getting. Clearly, I’m just a little too short for this pattern. It is a Hannah Fettig pattern and I love how it was written so if you’re interested, Quince & Co is doing a month of giveaways with her if you use their yarn and her patterns. I haven’t bought any Quince & Co yarn yet, but it is next on my list to try.
When I was in Chicago over the weekend and the wind was blowing through my mother’s coat she added this sweater as a layer and was nice and toasty. So at least I know this is cozy and warm, regardless of how it wears on me. I will say I really do love the unique color of this Ella Rae Worsted superwash yarn. It isn’t as soft as some of my other superwash yarns but it gives a nice drape, works up nicely and didn’t do a lot of stretching when I threw it in the washing machine. I will be definitely be using this yarn again – plus I have 3 balls leftover in my stash so I see a cowl, hat, mitten combo being made in the future.
So please, make me feel better and tell me that you’ve had other patterns turn out not as expected. I’m still just slightly disappointed in how this ended up.