The cardigan for my mother is finished (except for sewing on the buttons but I am calling it close enough.) I am very very pleased with how it turned out. I showed it to mom yesterday when we went button shopping and although the second sleeve was not attached she said she loved it. We went to Sarah’s here in Lawrence, a great fabric store, but also they have a huge selection of buttons. We found what we wanted right away and they are PERFECT! The color of the button is almost the color of the dark flecks in the yarn and they are very pretty too.
All the buttons:
Some photos on the duct tape me, the first one is way out of focus, sorry.
Pattern – Eyelet Cardigan by Alison Williams
Yarn – Jo Sharp Silkroad Aran Tweed
Needles – US size 8
Modifications – I knit this in the round to the arm holes and added 3.75″ of length to the pattern. I knit less ribbing on the sleeves and more of the eyelet pattern but made them approx. the right length. I made the neck and button bands narrower due to yarn constraints. I also used 7 small buttons.
When first discussing this pattern Mom said she wanted the sleeves and body as long as possible. In an effort to use all the yarn I did not have enough to knit the button bands as wide as the pattern calls for, but you may have noticed I am no slave to pattern instructions. I think I even like the narrow button band better, it seems more delicate/dressy? Here is the yarn I had left next to a 2′ ruler.
I think that is about 8′ of yarn left. I really could not have cut it much closer.