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1. Sleeve Length and Belling: I’ve written before, my arms are shivery. I cast on a forearm’s width at the wrist, and knit straight until I needed to increase for the rest of the arm. This provides the perfect, Goldilocks’-happy-medium, amount of belling.

2. Sleeve / Back Transition: I cast on stitches at the underarm, instead of binding off, to give more coverage in front.

3. Back Shaping: To ensure that the back didn’t become too wide (since the ribbing strip would add to the width) I decreased gradually to centre back. Also, I didn’t do the centre back gathering since I don’t see the point of that.

4. Ribbing Twisted: twisted rib with tubular bind off for a more refined edge.

5. Longer and Narrower Body: Increased every fourth row (instead of alternate), and made long enough to reach mid hip.


6. Polished Edges: Hems and cuffs are neatly turned with a purl ridge and sewn down. The edges of the cardigan have a double-knit tube for stability. The ribbing is finished with a tubular bind off.

7. Less ‘Raw’ Looking Garment: The original pattern looks like a delicate scrap of crumpled tissue paper. It’s a pretty look, but not one I’m very fond of — I much prefer refined and finished to raw and ethereal.

Pattern: Whisper Cardigan, Interweave Knits Spring 2009
Yarn: Berocco Ultra Alpaca Fine; 50% Wool, 30% Nylon, 20% Alpaca; 396m = 100 grams; Light fingering wt; “Tiger Eye”; 2.5 skeins.
Needles: 2.75mm for rib, 3mm for everything else.

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