Cropped Cardigan with Fusilli Ties, or maybe with Rotini Ties
(my latest sweater)
I'm actually fairly pleased with the pattern the tri-colored yarn produced. It is largely soft narrow stripes, with some muted pooling in the body. Will I recant my recent resolution and buy variegated yarn for another sweater?
I certainly hope not.
In case anyone is considering this pattern and wants to know the modifications I made, here are the details:
I cast on for the 34.5" size. Once I had increased to 50 stitches in each sleeve, I stopped increasing for the sleeves, but continued increasing for the back and the left and right front until I had 21 total repeats, as needed for the 37.5" size. I wanted a little more coverage in the front than I had at this point, but I didn't want the armhole to be any deeper, so I separated the sleeves and cast on 8 stitches in the armholes. I immediately started increasing for the fronts, omitting the 15 rows of even knitting, then decreased the amount I cast on for the front edges from 9 stitches to 4 stitches. All of this was concocted from frequent try-ons, as I checked and double-checked the fit.
I wanted my sweater to fit like the one the model is wearing, and I knew she is smaller than I am, chest-wise. Since I don't think I'm much taller or longer-waisted than the model, I knew that just making the pattern larger wouldn't work. I was sure I didn't need larger sleeves, and now that it is done, I see that I could have used the smallest sleeve, which was 52 stitches around. I picked up the 8 stitches I cast on in the armhole and added them to the 50 I had for the sleeves when I separated them. Since I knit the sleeves in the round on a small circular, I had 58 stitches total in each sleeve. They measure 14" around, which means my gauge was larger from knitting in the round.
For waist shaping, I decreased 4 stitches on each side with two sets of paired decreases, then knit even for an inch, then increased back to the original total a couple of inches before started the hem. I knit the hems two inches deep. I just like the look of deeper hems.
Everything else was per pattern instructions, except for the leaves, which I explained at the beginning of this post. It is a simple, well-written pattern, and one I wouldn't mind knitting again. I found many helpful tips on the Ravelry project pages for this pattern that helped me decide how to make my modifications. One involved how to apply the i-cord edging. I chose to follow the suggestion of several Ravelers and pick up stitches around the neck before knitting the i-cord; it made the process a bit quicker.