Yup, it’s now my turn to make something for me–just me! For a long time, I’ve been wanting to make the A-line swingy cardigan from the cover of Bernat’s pattern book Urban Weekend.
It took me a while to decide which colour to use, but I settled for the new Regal Twists shade of Bernat Softee Chunky –and I’m enjoying the choice. The swatch revealed a vibrant fabric that gives the illusion of texture.
I’ll fess up that I normally don’t swatch when making toys, hats or scarves. But I always swatch when making sweaters–ALWAYS! For this project, I had to go down a full needle size to finally get gauge at 15 st per inch (so I’m using 5.0mm instead of the recommended 6.0mm). Besides, a swatch is a good place to try out a new stitch; I tried out the twisted rib pattern in the yoke on my swatch.
As a bigger-than-average girl, I do appreciate that Bernat writes patterns up to 5XL (not always easy to find). Still, I think the hardest part for me is choosing the right size – I admit I’ve made mistakes in the past **blushes with embarrassment**. My problem is always making things too big. Even armed with current body measurements, I still wasn’t quite sure which size to choose for my cardigan: Large or Extra-Large? Sometimes bust size is not enough. So, I took a sweater I currently wear and measured it. Then I compared those numbers with the numbers given for the finished garment. Even though I normally wear XL, L seemed a better fit.
So now I have cast on. Here’s hoping I made the right choices. I’ll keep you posted.