Dahlia Dearest

Yes, finally.


I’ve written plenty about this before, and there’s nothing significant left to add about the knitting. This pattern is basically a rectangle with slits left for armholes; stitches are picked up around those slits and arms worked down. This creates a garment with a beautiful lace panel on the back, and a front that slips and slides all over the place because you’re trying to drape it in place.

Trust me and my long line of sari-wearing ancestors: a draped garment can be made beautifully fitted, but you need enough length. A typical sari for an average sized woman is at least 6m long, and with it you can create a well fitted lower and upper body covering garment. A cardigan with two short rectangular flaps in front isn’t going to work, because there just isn’t enough fabric to drape.

My solution – previously documented – was to:
Fix length, shoulder shaping, armscyes
Refine the shaping
Shape armcaps and sleeves (quick trivia – these are my second most popularly pinned pictures. I’m always bumping into them on Pinterest)

I also made both fronts long enough to cross in front, curved them slightly at the bottom, and threw in a short row here and there to make the bottom edge flare out more. As you can see, when laid flat it’s not an exact rectangle. The top edge flares and ruffles a little because it is longer than the foldline below.


This is quite different from the usual fitted stuff I make; but I’m really loving the long fitted sleeves and boxy, drapey body. And having fun with draping!

1. The Shroud
Collar turned up, everything covered.

2. The Funnel
Collar flipped down, fronts crossed horizontally.

3. The Sweetheart
Collar folded down, folded edge of fronts crossed to underarms, rest of fabric folded on top of it.

4. The Angarkha
(Collar folded down, fronts across body diagonally


5. The Jacket
Collar flipped down, laid vertically, sides folded at underbust – my favourite, I think!



But really, check out the fit of that collar at the back!


Pattern: Dahlia Cardigan, Interweave Knits Fall 2011
Yarn: Madelinetosh Merino Light; 100% wool; fingering weight; 384m = 100g; 3.5 skeins “Charcoal”
Needles: 3.5mm

And yes, my first CF cardigan still lacks a front band, so maybe I’ll start working on that now.


6 thoughts on “Dahlia Dearest

  1. This is great. I had to laugh about the reference to the sari – I had the pleasure of wearing one just a couple of months ago.
    The fit is perfect.

  2. All your work is so very well done. I am hoping you will post the mods for the bottom of this project on Raverly soon. All the best!

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