Rowan Studio's Patti Cardigan

Project Details

Pattern: Patti, from Rowan Studio 1 - designed by Sarah Hatton.

Yarn: 8 balls of Rowan Felted Tweed, in Watery 152 which is a greeny blue sort of colour (almost teal). My fabulous bf had the yarn shipped from cucumberpatch for me. *hugs*

The actual knitted item took about 7.5 balls of the felted tweed, but I ended up using all but about 10m of it for seaming. I seamed a million times simply because the end result was a bit too big so I had to keep readjusting. Oh, and the yarn was quite brittle - as I was seaming, it would snap so I had to restart the seam. It didnt snap during my knitting, but I felt as if it would any minute!!

It was also the first time I used the yarn and as I have mentioned previously, I wasn't impressed with it on first touch. However, when knitted, it produced a beautifully light tweedy fabric, and I guess that's why everyone loves it so much!

Needles: I used my Denise needles, on a US 6 / 4.0mm for the main part, and a US 3 / 3.25mm straight needles for the garter stitch and pickups.

Comments and modifications: The actual knitting was quite straightforward and very easy. I did however, pick up one error but I think it was quite minor because I can't actually remember what that error is now! The knitting only requires garter stitch and stockinette. Nothing major, and very easy for the beginner if they choose.

While I enjoyed knitting this, my problems began when I had finished the knitting part.

The armholes were massive, so when I seamed my sweater, I had to take it in about 6 stitches from the edge of the armhole. My actual sleeves were also massive, and I ended up taking those in at about 6 stitches from each edge.

Additionally, as mentioned before, the pleats seemed to fling everywhere and while I did attempt to sew them down, I wasn't really happy with the end result. In the end, I blocked the pleats while sewn, and then ripped out the tacked stitches. My pleats are now free and they're okay at the moment. Just not sure if they will continue to behave.

All in all, I think that while the small is meant for 32-34, it is probably better suited for a 34 and 32's should consider amending it a little

The only other thing I have to fix is my third button , which I sewed on crookedly. But it's done :) Onto the next thing - which I'm not sure what it will be just yet!



16 comments:

  melissa

10:22 PM, August 12, 2007

i already said this on craftster, but i think you did a beautiful job. it's a gorgeous sweater!

  stitchywitch

5:30 AM, August 13, 2007

Oh, that's so cute! I want to make mine immediately now! I like your adjustments, and the color is lovely. Great job!

  Caitlan

6:43 AM, August 13, 2007

Wow! Your tension is really goo and consistent!

  Caitlan

6:43 AM, August 13, 2007

really good, I mean.

  Michelle

7:59 AM, August 13, 2007

wow. that's a really nice sweater!!! i love the colour too!!! great job!!

  Pr3tty* Knitty~

11:31 AM, August 13, 2007

It is so pretty! Looks soo cute n gorgeous on you! Good job Gal!

  janice

1:14 PM, August 13, 2007

oh my god, SO cute. even better than i thought it would turn out. i'm always worried about the shoulder parts of sweaters--they always make me look so big there--but it looks like you made yours work! are those set-in sleeves?

  Maia

5:50 PM, August 13, 2007

This is great. Really cute style, beautiful color and I love how crisp the pleats are. Everything looks so smooth and even, at first I thought you had sewn it out of wool flannel.

  Girl Kae

7:49 AM, August 14, 2007

Thanks everyone for the positive comments :)

Janice, they are set in sleeves. However, when I originally made the sweater, it was too big and the "set in sleeves" were about 6 stitches off my shoulder so I looked like a rugby player. I ended up resetting the sleeves 6 stitches in from each armhole edge and it ended up fitting a lot better.

  Elaine

4:04 PM, August 17, 2007

This is beautiful! I love the colour and the pleats look great, although I wonder if you'd have to block them again every time you wash it.

  lomester

4:31 AM, August 18, 2007

Thanks for all the information about your take on this one. I was planning on making it (eventually) and I am sure these comments will help.

I love the color of yours. Wonderful job

  Elin

2:03 PM, August 19, 2007

That's gorgeous! I've been eyeing this pattern for a while and I love your version!

  knitannie

4:44 PM, August 19, 2007

That looks great. The collar works well to balance the pleats.

  Abril

10:47 AM, August 20, 2007

It its beautiful! and looks really nice on you.

  shopgirl

6:12 AM, August 21, 2007

this is perfect. I am totally adding this to the queue. Well done!

  luxeloops

11:49 AM, August 21, 2007

wow, that looks GREAT! yours looks much better than rowan's!