Spot the differences:
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.