Sugar Plum Sunshower Cardigan by Andi Satterlund |Outfit Along 2015

6 Aug

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Hi, friends! I can’t believe I’m back with a second knitted garment in less than a month! I didn’t knit two things in less than a month but I did finish this one in about 2.5 weeks. I decided to participate in this year’s Outfit Along hosted by Andi Satterlund of Untangling Knots and Lauren Taylor of Lladybird but it took me a while to decide what to make.

First, I knit my Aures Lace Tank but I couldn’t decide what to sew to go with it. Then I sewed the Vogue 1353 Poppies Dress and couldn’t decide what to knit to go with it. So at the last minute (July 13 to be exact with a deadline of July 31), I decide to start from scratch and create two completely new things, so enter the Sunshower Cardigan by Andi and another Vogue 1353 (which I will share later this week).

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The Sunshower Cardigan is a new release as part of a collection of Andi’s patterns from KnitPicks. It immediately caught my attention because of the polka dot like lace pattern. And for some reason when I saw it I immediately envisioned it in a lilac shade. Luckily the recommended KnitPicks Swish Worsted came in the perfect color — Sugar Plum — and was a reasonable price, too.

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The pattern wasn’t difficult to knit, especially if you have knit a few of Andi’s patterns before. They are all pretty similar in techniques. I did have a problem with the lace pattern not lining up once I joined the front and back pieces but I decided not to worry about it because I don’t think anyone will be looking in my armpits 🙂

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I am also a little aggravated that the lace motif isn’t symmetrical at the front button band and I noticed the model’s cardigan is the same way. If I ever make this cardigan again, I would correct the pattern for both of these problems. On top of that, it took me a little while to get the hang of the lace pattern so my “polka dots” aren’t perfectly lined up in some places but I don’t think it’s noticeable and it’s not going to stop me from wearing it.

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As for sizing, I went with the 38.25″ bust and find the bust to fit well but the waist is a bit big. I will try to block it smaller next time I wash it.

As for any helpful construction techniques, I have never found “bind off in pattern” to work for 1×1 rib on openings that need to stretch so I rely on this method. I used it on the waist and sleeve cuffs. I don’t think the tubular bind off is necessary for the neckline but I would use something a little more stretchy than “bind off in pattern,” maybe this one. I didn’t do this here but wish I had as my neckline binding is a little tight.

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I think the most interesting thing I did with this cardigan is my button bands. I followed Lauren’s idea for adding a grosgrain ribbon facing for stability but I did the buttonholes differently. I have learned quickly in my short knitting career that I don’t like the look or functionality of knitted buttonholes, even when they are reinforced with a ribbon band. Plus it is tricky getting the ribbon band buttonholes to line up perfectly with the knitted buttonholes.

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So I decided to omit knitting them and to stitch them in with my sewing machine instead. I will be bringing you more details on this process later this week so stay tuned.

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I think that’s about it for this cardigan. You can see my Ravelry project page here and check out the winners of the 2015 OAL here.

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6 Responses to “Sugar Plum Sunshower Cardigan by Andi Satterlund |Outfit Along 2015”

  1. Fuzzy Cactus Yarn August 6, 2015 at 6:10 pm #

    Love everything about this! Also, the color compliments your coloring fantastically. That’s one thing I love about knitting myself things, I can pick out the exact colors I want and know I look best in!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD August 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind compliment! I agree that it is so much better to be able to pick just what you want. This color is one of my faves too but underrepresented in my closet so it was a successful make all around 🙂

  2. Dr. Fun August 8, 2015 at 7:09 am #

    I am stunned! This is gorgeous, and I wouldn’t have noticed the lace matchup if you hadnt said anything. My lace is still throwing me for a loop, but this inspired me to get back on that horse….when I finish couching my skirt! Did you have to decrease in pattern? That’s my problem, and the only tutorial I found says make a chart.,.,

    • Susie Homemaker, MD August 8, 2015 at 7:46 am #

      Thanks, Lynn! The decreases occur at the sides in a small section of stockinette so that simplifies things. Can’t wait to see your skirt!

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