FO: Flutter sleeve cardigan

Pattern: Flutter Sleeve cardigan by Pam Allen, Interweave Knits Sping  2008

Yarn: O wool Balance in Lapis

Needles: US 5, 4, 2

Notes: This sweater turned out so much better than I expected! I liked the sweater in the magazine, but I didn’t think it looked too great in the Knitting Daily Gallery. Even so, I had the perfect yarn, and exactly two perfect buttons, so I gave it a go. The smallest size in the magazine is a 36, which would have been large on me, so I removed around 18 stitches in order to make a size 32. It wasn’t too hard to make the adjustment. I knit fewer rows in the ribbing section, because my row gauge was larger than the pattern – I ended up with 20 rows instead of 24.

The pattern was clear and easy to follow. It did have rather a lot of finishing, which I don’t love, so keep that in mind – for instance, the button bands are knit separately and seamed onto the fronts, and you have to knit two little tabs and sew them on for the cuffs. The buttonholes are the only problem – the holes the pattern calls for wind up rather loose and stretchy, as you may be able to see in my photos. I don’t really care about that – I may sew them up a little bit, or I may not. I’m fine with it as is, but if I could do it again I would use a different buttonhole.

Unlike the sweater in the magazine, mine does not have a ton of extra fabric under the arms – there is a little, but not in a bad way. I think that’s because I chose to have negative ease – about one inch. Postive ease, due to the way the sweater is constructed, is going to probably give a lot of extra stuff under the arms.

I love this sweater for my body type – I am short waisted but have a long torso. For the record, the ribbing is hitting near my natural waist – only the top part is on my rib cage. I love empire waists because they are very flattering on me, but if I were longer waisted I would probably choose to make the ribbing happen closer to my waist.

The yarn was nice, but it wasn’t my favorite ever. It contained a lot of vegetable matter, and was a little harsh/dry to knit with. I could not really feel the wool content, to me it was like a slightly tweedy cotton. It was impossible to sew with (kept breaking) so half the sweater is seamed with a different yarn. I love the tweedy appearance, but I would most likely not use it again.

In the grand tradition of having cats appear in my FO posts, I would like to present the newest member of our kitty family, Sarah Jane.

She was found hiding near the expressway by a friend, nearly starved to death without any claws (even in the back.) She weighed only 6 pounds when we took her to the vet. She was clearly someone’s pet – in addition to the lack of claws she’s the sweetest kitty ever – her favorite place to sleep is curled up on top of my chest. We could not find her owner after an effort, and she is not microchipped, so now I suppose she’s ours! The vet says she’s somewhere between 2 and 7, it may become more clear when she gains some weight and her fur starts to look nicer – we gave her a bath, but starvation and living outside are not nice to kitties.

Bonus points if you guess where we got her name!

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33 thoughts on “FO: Flutter sleeve cardigan

  1. Cynthia says:

    Beautiful sweater – it really suits your body type!

    Is Sarah Jane from Dr. Who? :) How kind of you to give the wanderer a home.

  2. you’re so sweet to give sarah jane a good home. i bet she’s so happy now. also, love the sweater! can we do a count? how many completed hand-knit sweaters do you own??

  3. I love how this sweater turned out..it fits you nicely!! and i know Sarah Jane came from a movie, but I can’t think of what movie it is. I only know b/c I just recently adopted out a beagle, and the new owners named her Sarah Jane…hahah..small world I guess!

  4. mick says:

    The sweater is just gorgeous. So flattering on you! And congrats on the new kitty. How’s your other guy adjusting?

  5. It’s so pretty!!! It looks so much better than how it looked in the mag and on Knitting Daily. The color is gorgeous.

    Welcome to your new kitty! She must be so glad to have a home, poor thing. =(

  6. I immediately thought of the Genesis song “Me and Sarah Jane.” It’s what we were going to name our kitty if he had been a girl. She (and the cardigan) are adorable! :)

  7. I love how this sweater looks on you and the design itself. You did a great job. The only thing that keeps me from this pattern and sweaters in the round is the potential for that flap of sweater under the arms. Although yours is minimal there is always the potential for extra bat wings and I definitely need no more chub :O)

    Kudos to you for keeping a stray kitty. My cats are giving your a hi five as we speak.

  8. Diana says:

    Delurking to say that I love this sweater! I think I may have to take another look at making this. I agree with you that it looked kind of blah in the Knitting Daily gallery, but it looks awesome on you.

  9. Roz says:

    Your sweater looks very nice on you!!

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family. Hugs to Sarah Jane, I know she will be very happy!

  10. Yours is the cutest FO I’ve seen. I liked it in the magazine, but like you, didn’t like it so much in the Knitting Daily galleries or the few FOs I’ve seen. You were so quick too! :)

  11. Patricia says:

    Great job on the sweater! It is really gorgeous. Love your new kitty too. Did you name her after one of Doctor Who’s companions?

  12. hi the cardigan is really cute
    welcome to sara jane she is nice i hope she’ll get better
    i feel bad that they took off her claws and left alone outside

    it’s very kind of you to give love and a new home

  13. Tee says:

    You did a beautiful job. I love your choice of yarn and color. I just brought the Classic Silk today and have started making my cardi. Seeing yours has really inspired me…Thank you. Sarah Jane is beautiful too.

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