More cozy sweaters! There can never be too many cozy sweaters!
This time I’ve designed a reverse-cardigan for Middie Blythe. Actually, it can be worn regular cardigan style, too! It’s slightly oversized to give Middie a warm look and to give you the option of using this sweater layered over other clothing. It is roomy enough to accommodate whatever styling you prefer.
Worn reverse-cardigan style, this sweater has the look of a pullover, but without the fuss and muss of pulling something over Middie’s hair. As shown cardigan style, I’ve fastened it with just one snap at the top, but you could add multiple fasteners for a closed-front cardigan.
It’s so cold out right now that the thought of wearing a three-quarter sleeve cardigan seems ridiculous, but if you’re Blythe, you really don’t have to worry about proper layers.
The Rose Sweater for Blythe works well for variegated or solid yarn colorways. It has one buttonhole at the front top closure, so you can feature an adorbs tiny button that complements your yarn.
Depending on the yarn you use, you can get a slightly different look to this sweater. The pink version is an alpaca/silk blend and has a little more drape than the yellow version, which is made with a merino/silk blend. You could also go up a needle size for an even looser knit with more drape.
This sweater can also be worn reverse-cardigan style for a jumper-style sweater look. I like flexibility in my Blythe clothing, and the option to wear an item two ways is a big bonus for me, so I try to design it into my patterns whenever I can.
I’ve been experimenting more with knitting sweaters for Blythe. As you may recall, the first one I made was a bit on the way-too-big side. After that one I made another on smaller needles, which turned out to be a much better fit:
(As you can see I also improvised a skullcap which I’m quite pleased with.) I’m pretty happy with this pattern and fit, but I wanted to explore other options, so I found another pattern with a different style of construction and gave that one a shot:
This one is just okay. The way the pattern is written, you knit every single part of the sweater separately, which I find to be a PITA and also results in a less satisfactory fit. Meh. So I rewrote that pattern so that it was knit all as one piece with the exception of the sleeves, which I picked up instead of knitting separately and then seaming, and which I knit in the round instead of seaming as in the original.
Obviously I did this one as a front-to-back rather than as a cardi, though you could use this one as a kimono-style cardi (there are overlappy bits on the open side). I also opted for shorter sleeves, to see how three-quarter length would look – verdict: I like it. I’m mildly pleased with how this turned out. I’m happy that it was so easy for me to adapt the pattern to suit my needs, and I’m mostly happy with how the construction worked out. I don’t think bottom-up will be my favored style, but it’s good to have tried and experimented.
I’m not sure what I’ll try next. Perhaps I’ll improvise a sweater from scratch?
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This weekend I made my first attempt at knitting for Blythe, a simple cardigan. It turned out a bit too large and the sleeves are definitely too long, but I’m considering it not bad for a first try.
This yarn is a little big, maybe, and I could definitely use a smaller needle with it for a neater result. I also haven’t used this yarn before and didn’t know how it would stripe – these are a bit wide for my taste. Self-striping is also a less-than ideal choice for a sweaters on which the sleeves are knit after the entirety of the body, but I’m not bothered much since this was a test run.