OK, so this was my first shot at making my own One Perfect Cardigan Pattern. The yarn is Western Sky Knits Willow DK in “Quasar”, which was an Eat Sleep Knit exclusive color for last year’s Yarnathon (is this where I admit I have only made one order with them this year because I bought So. Much. Yarn. so I could complete the Yarnathon and get all the cute space cat buttons?)
Anyway, I have so many things I want to change about this that I might just scrap the whole pattern I’ve written and start over. I’ll start at the top: The shoulders are way too wide for me – you can’t see it but the top of the sleeve cap is well over an inch past where it should be. I don’t really like the neckline – I want it deeper and maybe a little more gradual. The body and its shaping is fine – maybe it needs to be a little longer. The sleeves have way too many stitches, and they’re too long (so I need to rework the sleeve decreases, too). And let’s just talk about 3×1 ribbing – don’t use it. It’s not enough to stop stockinette curling. In fact, you can’t really see it, but I used 2×2 on the sleeves.
The good parts are: I loved this yarn even though my hands were dyed black all the time, and no dye came out in its wash. I did need to alternate skeins, though.
So: Back to the drawing board, I guess.