Sunday, May 28, 2017

Charlie's Cardigan


I am so happy with my new cardigan for a couple of reasons.

Firstly I found out about Amy Herzog a few years ago over at Stitcher's Guild and have since purchased her 3 books as well as her Craftsy classes.

As soon as I started to read and listen to Amy I loved the way she spoke about Fabric, body shapes and styles to suit your body all based on your knitting.  In fact Franklin Habit from Mason-Dixon Knitting wrote a great post about Amy's 3 books.

Now I struggle with maths, whether it is drafting a pattern or working out how to increase or decrease my stitches for my knitting it just gets me so flustered that I choose not to do it.

This is where Amy's CustomFit has come to my rescue.

There are a number of steps, in no particular order.

Essentially you and a friend take all your measurements, which I found to be more comprehensive than what I have previously done for sewing.  The measurement are entered into the CustomFit site (once you have joined).

Then you decided on what wool you want to use, yes you can choose any wool, linen, cotton that you have and that you want to knit a garment with.  You knit a swatch of at least 30 stithces by 15 cm (6 inches) and work out your stitch and row gauge and then this information is entered into CustomFit.

Thankfully my knitting stash is not as large as my fabric stash but I had purchased this Bendigo Woollen Mills 8ply Rustic in Sienna back in May 2015 and decided to use this for my first CustomfFit cardigan.

Here is my 3rd swatch, I wanted fabric that I liked the feel of and it was achieved with 4.75mm needles.

Amy Herzog has a huge amount of information on swatching

Next you choose a pattern, add your swatch information and then your measurements are combined and you have a pattern made just for you.

My pattern page.
You are not limited to the Customfit patterns, there is a whole board over at Ravelry on how to Customfit non CustomFit sweaters.

The other reason I am so happy with this cardigan is as you know I have changed my knitting style to Continental and was completely blown away that I could knit this cardigan in 7 weeks!!  Normally it takes me at least a year to knit the pieces!


But then it did take me another 7 months to finish it as life got in the way and this was my first button band and then summer was upon us.  I finally got motivated to do the neckband and button bands which I also stablised with Panda Petersham purchased from Torb & Reiner in Melbourne.


and it was finally ready for the cooling weather.



The only change I know I need to make to my measurements is the sleeve length for long sleeves, these could be longer but are quite wearable as they are.

Expect to see a lot more CustomFit knitting!

7 comments:

LisaB said...

Your first CF turned out great and looks fantastic on you! I've been following Amy's sweater advice since before she hit the big time and have learned so much from her. It's always exciting to see another happy knitter.

Linda said...

Lovely cardigan!

Dilliander said...

So impressed with your first continental knit, the tension and the speed at which you knitted this lovely cardigan! Amy's designs and fit are perfection, plus I love your button band with the Petersham. Its fabulous Sharon :)

fadanista.com said...

I'm impressed you've changed to continental style, I've been trying but keep giving up! This is a most interesting post and I might have to investigate all the information you've provided. Thank you. I really like your cardigan, you've done a wonderful job.

Sarah Liz said...

That is a very lovely classic cardigan, in the perfect colour for you. Lots of people seem to get flustered with maths. I don't. I do have to tell peopel I get flustered with words, because I think and hear in "images".

For someone who has just started knitting with the continental method, I am most impressed that your tension is so even.

Thank you for your kind words of support on my recent blog post.

Sew, Jean Margaret said...

I'm not a knitter at all, but this cardigan looks lovely and will fit in with your wardrobe perfectly.

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