I’ve had this sweater hovering in my closet for quite some time. It’s a pretty simple crew-neck, with a cable pattern in a pink wool. I know, pink wool, what’s not to love?
Well, the shape for one. Despite being a fine-gauge knit, the sweater was rather boxy. And the crew-neck, much too high to be flattering on me, but it saved itself from the donation box with its pink wool. Surely I could do something with that.
In my mind, I thought I could fashion it into a cute design I saw on Pinterest. (Yeah, where have you heard that before?)
The design had a slit across one shoulder that was tied together with a black satin ribbon. I thought it would be an easy transformation. Cut the slit, find a black ribbon, and wa-la!
Then I looked at that weird crew-neck. If I wanted to do it, I would have to cut the neck larger and figure out how to finish the edge without it getting all wobbly. That sounded much too difficult. I haven’t worked with sweater knits very much and didn’t want to risk it.
But a cardigan, that sounded nice. I could always use more cardigans. So I commenced to cut up the front of the sweater a bit off-center to make it interesting. I even stay-stitched along where I intended to cut, so the sweater wouldn’t unravel. I sewed lace seam tape along the opening and it came out pretty well, not nearly as wobbly as I feared.
However… that neckline. I couldn’t figure out a place to put the buttons on that would make the neckline less weird. It either looked like it was strangling me or it would flip over and show the inside of the sweater. Ideas would look great on my mannequin, but when I tried them on me, they were frumptastic.
Part of the problem was the shapelessness of the sweater. Using one of my other frumpy sweaters, I shaped the body of the sweater to have some curves and that improved it some.
But the neckline and the closure, what was I going to do about that?
Remember how I didn’t want to do anything with the neckline? It came to that. I cut it larger, stay-stitched it carefully to keep the sweater from unraveling, then zig-zagged along the edge to give it a ruffly (and definitely, wobbly, but at least it was on purpose) edge.
That looked pretty good, so I wimped out on the buttonholes and simply sewed the buttons and the two front pieces together. So it’s a pullover cardigan… or something.