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January 03, 2009

zipped raglan cardi

LMKG zipped cardi

pattern: last minute knitted gifts - men's zipped raglan
difficulty (1-5): 2.5
size: 46 in
yarn: rowan's rowanspun aran tweed in flame
knitting specs: us 8 cir.

there were already a lot of information on this project before i even started, and i have read many of your pattern notes and they all have been extremely helpful. i am actually very happy on how this had turned out for me (and husband). he obviously loves it and i think he looks pretty good wearing it, too. however, this was probably the most tedious project i have ever worked on... and it's really all because of the zippers.

i have made a few modifications on this project, and i think all of them had contributed to a more polished look for the cardigan. so first, the size. i knitted size 46 instead of 42 (which was husband's actual size) after studying pictures of most finished garments on ravelry, i feel that the fit was a rather tight one and was not quite the look i was going for. i also added a few inches to the body and sleeves to accommodate for rowanspun's tendency to shrink with washing. looking at the pictures, i think if i had knitted size 42, the sweater would have been way small. i haven't washed the cardigan yet, but i hope it won't change the fit too much. we both like the fit of the sweater, as is right now.

LMKG zipped cardi
LMKG zipped cardi

another thing i did was using blue blog's pattern note for ribbing alignment for the raglan decrease (thanks alison!). it worked out really nicely as you can tell from the pictures! pattern alignment is one of those things that gives a more professional and polished look. so if you are thinking of making this project, i would really recommend you taking a look at alison's note before casting on.


the last major modification i did was the zippers... i can't tell how much thought was put in to this. i never liked the look of zippers on the wrong side of a knitted garment, with zippers all exposed. so i've decided to knit facings with same patterns as the front after the zippers were secured. despite the fact that this arrangement generated a ton of extra knitting and sewing, i really love how it looks in the end. and with all the zipping back and forth, i am quite happy with how secured it is.

LMKG zipped cardi

so this is my last project for 2008 and i am so glad it is all done!


That's very polished, beautiful work. No wonder he loves it!

Looks great! Love the zipper.

This is beautiful!

What a fantastic sweater. I would be very proud to wear it too.

It's fantastic! I wish I had your knitting chops.

I love that cardi. Happy new year to you!

Nice work and it looks quite professional. That zipper facing is a great idea, even if it was a lot of work.

Wow, very polished! I think my zippers have always been a little messy, but your method looks fantastic :)

I've never seen knitted facings in a handknit before. They look great, as does the whole sweater. Nice work!

Wow Blossom- it looks fantastic! Congratulations. Totally worth the extra effort.

this is so professionally done!!

Gorgeous. My husband refuses my offer of a knitted jumper... I'll show him this one to convince him!!

Lovely lovely cardigan. And it is in my favourite color too!

lovely sweater.

I love the way your sweater turned out and seeing your version makes me think my hubby might actually wear something like that!

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