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Pattern: Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolda Teague
Finished Size: 44″
Supplies: Size 9 24″ Circular. 6 skeins of Cascade 220, Red (9404). Scrap Yarn. 9, 1″ buttons. Darning needle.
Date started: 8/20/09
Date completed: 9/21/09
Wow, one month to complete an entire sweater. For me, that is impressive. I cannot say enough good things about patterns written by Ysolda Teague. Wonderfully written, creative construction and over all very interesting to make. I LOVE that there are only two seams to sew in this sweater. The yoke pattern is super easy to memorize, yet stays interesting throughout the entire process. I also love that I am good at making buttonholes now. When you make nine of them roughly three times over, one becomes a buttonhole pro. So yes, I did have to start this cardigan over multiple times. I wanted it to be perfect as this was a birthday gift for my Mother in law.
I followed this pattern as is. However, if I were to make this cardigan again, I would definitely go down a couple of sizes than what I think would be correct. In other words, it runs really big. Personally I like my clothes to be fitted, but not tight. Although, not so fitted in the sense that I could not put something on under it either. So sort of fitted is what I like!
As I mentioned in my previous post, blocking really makes this cardigan awesome. The vine yoke really lays down nicely and allows you to fully see the detail of the pattern. Also, something else to keep in mind is that this cardigan really stretches length wise after blocking. I remember thinking about how short it looked and hoping that it would stretch.