The Maple Street Cardigan: A Finished Object!

Kathleen's finished Maple Street Cardigan (all but the buttons)

I've finished my Maple Street Cardigan, and I'm so happy with it. (Okay, so I haven't sewn on the buttons yet, but I'm going to do that before I go on to the next project, I promise!)

I used Rowan All-Seasons Cotton in black, which makes the sweater a versatile, wear-with-anything wardrobe-builder, and for me it'll probably work in three seasons. We finally have summer here in Spokane, so I'm probably not going to get to wear my Maple Street (MSC) until early fall; it'll be just perfect for those nippy evenings in fall and spring, and great as an everyday sweater over a long-sleeved tee in winter.

I knit this sweater pretty much to the pattern specifications, with a few mods here and there.

  • Because my yarn is 60 percent cotton, I used a 2 X 2 rib on the sleeves and the waist instead of the 4 X 4 rib called for in the pattern. Cotton tends to stretch, so I thought a 2 X 2 rib would be a better choice to help the rib keep its shape.
  • I didn't like the plain cast-off edge at the neck, so I did a crochet crab stitch around the neckline to add a little finishing touch. I like the slight picot look the crab stitch provides, it provides even more of a feminine flair, along with the ruffles, to the MSC.
  • Because I wanted the sleeves shorter, I did the arm decreases every other row instead of every 12th and then 8th row. This made a column of decreases similar to what you see on some raglan armhole shaping and on the toe of socks. It's not ideal for underarm shaping, but it worked out just fine.
  • When starting the sleeves, I picked up stitches under the armhole instead of casting on stitches and sewing them together later. Sometimes there's some extra fabric under the arms when doing raglan shaping in larger sized sweaters. This happens because you have to increase so much from the neck opening to get the measurement you need for the bust. I didn't want to add any more bulk under the arm with a seam, so I picked up the stitches and it worked well.

Other than that, I knit to the pattern, which was very well-written by Cecily Glowik MacDonald, one of my favorite designers.

I'm not the only one in the knit-along that finished, and I can't take all the glory. Here's a gallery of the finished knitted sweaters. Enjoy!

Belle de Jour DKoland Jeanie H K Landreneau
PStabach PTrish SJC Vehuddle

Congratulations to all of you knit-along participants! Your sweaters are beautiful.

The Bella Blouse: Our new knit-along!

And now for the new knit-along. . . drumroll please!

The winner is the Bella Blouse by Norah Gaughan. There were 5023 votes total, and over 1800 of those were for the Bella Blouse. If the Counterpane Blouse won I was going to knit it for my sister and take it to her when I go to Egypt this fall. I think I'll just knit this one instead! She'll love it.

The yarn in the original design is discontinued, so the yarn search begins. I'll have some options for you over in the Bella Blouse knit-along forum, join me there and let's get started!


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