summer knitting

decision: fleurette

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I’ve decided on the pattern for the cropped cardigan I have planned, and it’s the one I actually had written off at first! When I looked at the model of the Fleurette by Melissa Dominguez, I thought it would be a bit too “high school fashion” for me. The sea foam color and cropped length on the young model just looked wrong for me. But after I looked through other’s and their projects, I saw it in a new light. With enough ease, and the right color, I think it will be an absolutely adorable cardigan.

What really clinched it was knitting a swatch of the lace pattern with the Trad Cotton I picked up the other day. I think the lace pattern, the ivory color, the softness, and the texture of the slubs all works together to make it a perfect match. It’s like looking at a fluffy cloud. I can’t stop thinking about it. When I was knitting it, it seemed like it would be way too big, but the cotton shrunk a bit when I blocked it, actually. Or maybe, the slubs bloomed and the fabric got a little too stiff to stretch out. Very technical, I know. But in any case, I think this is the kind of fabric I want.

Swatched with Flax C (navy) but I like Trad Cotton better
Swatched with Flax C (navy) but I like Trad Cotton better

My swatch is still about a 1cm bigger than the gauge of the pattern (what else is new), and that’s on size 0s, so I can’t go any smaller. But I think I want some ease, especially around the chest area. I’ll have to work out the numbers. I just want to avoid the dreaded cardigan flyopen, which is what I call when the fronts of a cardigan are pushed back to the armpits by the boobs. Basically, I hate when the cardigan fronts are not big enough to rest comfortable over the chest. This is a reason I love crew neck cardigans, by the way, because I think they counteract that tendency. But I also want negative ease in the shoulder and armpit area. So I might have to mix the sizes together.

The dreaded flyopen
The dreaded flyopen

But I can’t decide on a color. Navy, or white? I’m leaning towards the white, because you can see all the stitches and it looks so cute. But is it too cute? Is white TOO twee? Also, white’s not going to last as long, because of, you know, the color. This is meant for summer after all. How pretty is this white going to be after I sweat all over it? Navy is a bit drab, but it’s so versatile.

Fleurette by (c) mvolk and (c) statler
Fleurette by (c) mvolk and (c) statler

But my heart is yearning for the white…

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