cardi hearty

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:

Who put this outfit together?

(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:

Willow modeling the Groovy Boogie Sweater

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.

Willow modeling the Blythe Make Believe Pullover

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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