The best cardigan is the one that fits…. This is the reason why I always knit with a clear vision in my mind and a true and tested pattern on my desktop. This is the reason why my yarn choice is strictly based on the recommendations of the pattern and I always double check with a big tension square, which I wash and block. Ah ja… (or in English: oh, yes interesting)
This passage was written by a white clad, smiling version of me,
which is a sort of knitting conscience. Every time I pick up a new
project, this poor creature runs in circles around me, trying to
convince me to use a pattern, a tension square or if not, at least write
down my own size or fit-idea.
Guess what – I never listen
Flash forward, the Fake Frankie
cardigan. I unravelled again. This time the neckline. While knitting
the first sleeve, I tried the cardigan on another time and again got an
hate attack about the fit: the cardigan really looked like ? on me. But
before I completely unravelled, the calmer and considerate version of
me (you now the one with the flowy white dress and the serene smile on
her face) told me to try to change the neckline first. And this time I
accepted her advice. Although the neckline of the sweater looks ok while
laying flat on the ground, put on it puckers and is too small at the
neck and too wide at my high bust.
@cryptocariad had a
fabulous idea, namely to knit a collar instead of my strange garter
stitch border. But I am so lazy… sigh… double sigh. So, I decided to
crochet a new neckline first – crochet is so fast and convenient.
And now I have the reverse situation: laying down the neckline
looks weird but put on it sits much better. The crochet neckline changed
the fit completely. The new crochet neckline allows me to close the
cardigan with one big button, so that the fit is more like an A-line
cardigan. But I also can fold the neckline and have a kind of lapel.
Right now, I am happy with this solution… but we will see if I get another fit (about the fit ??)