It is overdue but it is finished! I started this test knit back in early February. It was moving along very quickly but we had some weekends of rough teething (we are officially up to 3 teeth!) and my knitting was laid to the side. Do you experience a lull in momentum on a project when you constantly have to put it aside? I know I do.

I have wanted a new black cardigan for a long time – unfortunately this is going to be way to warm for a summer-over-the-shoulders-cardigan but it will be perfect for the rest of this winter and then the fall. It is almost more like a jacket due to the collar.


Pattern: Twylem by Vanessa Smith

Yarn: Patons Classic Wool Worsted in colour black

Needles: 5.5mm for the yoke, collar and body; 5.00mm for the sleeves; 4.00mm for the belt


I really wanted to test this because of the super cool collar. The construction was interesting – I loved working the top-down collar with the yoke, then picking up and working the ribbing. It makes the collar bulky. I think that was very smart that it isn’t double layered all the way to the bottom of the cardigan – it would have been a lot of heavy fabric and warmth.


The seaming on this is minimal – the collar join at the back of the neck is a 3-needle bind-off. But the one seam is the double collar edge to the lower single ribbing. It was challenging to figure out how to seam it to get a clear line all the way across. Vanessa’s tutorials are fantastic and the finished edge looks perfect.


While I was knitting this I lost 10lbs. So by the time I got to the sleeves, it was too big. I did decide to size down the sleeves, though, and knit the 34 1/4” size sleeves instead of the 36” sleeves. I’m glad I did as it actually helped with the rest of the sweater even though it is too big. I should have knit the 34 1/4” instead of the 36”. It’s only 2” but in this case, for me, it made a big difference. And here I was concerned about whether I should knit the 38”! It would have been huge!


That’s the difficult thing about knitting while you are pregnant or just postpartum – everything for me felt too tight and now that I am getting back to my pre-pregnancy size, everything is too big! It is a small problem to have but when knitting sweaters, it is a little frustrating :)

How have you been doing with fit ‘issues’ lately?

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Natalie B says:

    That's actually one of the reasons I didn't knit much when I had my little one… or just knit shawls and scarves. I didn't have the brain power and I didn't have the stamina! I'm getting back into it now though.

  2. beautiful! love the collar – the whole thing looks so comfy. and you look wonderful!

  3. Megan says:

    I'm having similar fit issues. I didn't gain much in pregnancy but my proportions have changed. Only one of my pre-pregnancy sweaters fits so I'd like to knit new ones but since I'm still nursing I'm hesitant to knit a lot of sweaters for this new size in case it changes again after weaning. Then again I'm not in a hurry to wean and my daughter doesn't appear to be either and I'm tired of waiting.

  4. rachel says:

    That's exactly what happened to me! My proportions changed. Even after J weaned himself, things are just different :-) the joys of having children… I wouldn't trade it for the world thou haha

  5. rachel says:

    Thank you Jennifer!!

  6. rachel says:

    I think you were into something there ;) I'm going to knit a sweater for my Dad next instead of something else for me!

  7. limescented says:

    That's beautiful! And useful. You could just consider it the 'oversized sweater' category in your wardrobe and wear it over other layers when it's really cold!

  8. rachel says:

    So true! That's exactly what I intend to do :)

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