A while ago I was browsing projects on Ravelry and came across a stunning cardigan with the most lovely subtle cables down the front and sleeves. Imagine my surprise when I checked the notes and realized the pattern was from a book I’ve owned for years. Wendy Bernard’s Custom Knits is a great book of sweaters but I had flipped past the Favourite Cardigan every single time because of the way it’s styled in the picture.
It doesn’t look bad or anything (although I never understood why a cable cardigan that was specifically made to be in a knitting book would be worked in black yarn – you can hardly see the details!) but it just really isn’t my style. Bare shoulders and a bare midriff? Doesn’t suit this librarian at all. But this is knit top-down in one piece, meaning the adjustments to bring up the shoulders and bring down the waist should be pretty easy.
I had some Knit Picks Andes del Campo in my stash that was just begging to become a fall sweater. It’s a beautiful rustic looking yarn that is surprisingly squishy, and I think this colour (Brass Heather, if you were wondering) is going to look great with those moose buttons I didn’t use on my last cardigan. I cast on fewer stitches so that the neckline would be smaller but I followed the pattern as written for the cable placement. I wasn’t too pleased with the result; the cables didn’t match up with the ribbing and while it’s not really that noticeable something just seemed off.
I debated just ignoring this and knitting on, but I’m glad I didn’t. It only took me a few hours to undo and reknit the little bit I had and I like how smoothly the ribbing flows into the cables now that I shifted things around.
Better to take that extra bit of time now and have something I’ll truly love than to cut corners and never wear the finished project.