Last week, you got a look at the cardigan I’m sharing with you today. Aaand here it is again! I actually finished this two months ago, but had to wait to share it until I finished and photographed the dress I sewed to wear with it!
This is actually the second time I’ve knit that cardigan pattern. The pattern is called Ten of Hearts, and is a vintage pattern from the 1950s that you can buy from Bex‘s Etsy shop. (My Ravelry project page for it is here, by the way.)
The first version I knit was about a year and a half ago, and it’s gotten a lot of love from me since I finished it. It’s this one, knit in Madelinetosh Vintage in Tart.
For some reason, I’ve been having several months of realizations about important style and fit things about myself. Sometimes it’s about what I like, sometimes it’s about why I like it, and sometimes it’s about why I like it with something else.
It turns out, cardigans that are the length of my original Ten of Hearts cardigan are great on me with pants, great with pencil skirts…. and really awful with full skirts or dresses.
While I love that cardigan and I wear it quite a bit, sometimes I really wish it was just a couple of inches shorter. And so I knit one!
I’m still trying to use yarn from my stash when I can, and I had the perfect red in Wollmeise DK. But the pattern is for worsted weight. So after a bit of math, I worked out that I really just needed to add some stitches on either side of the lace panels on the fronts and back, and it would be suitable for dk weight yarn.
Like my first version, I changed the back from plain to the hearts and lace charts mirrored, which I think looks really neat.
Just for the hell of it, I changed the neckline, too. Instead of knitting a plain crew neck, I offset the neckband slightly from the button bands. I really like how that looked on my 6×4 chartreuse cardigan (which I modeled after a vintage cardigan I have) so I did the same for this one.
I also did something for this cardigan I don’t always do. In fact I usually don’t! I faced the button bands with a vintage ribbon. This helps prevent gaping when you button up cardigans with negative ease—ones that are smaller than the fullest part of your bust at that point. I don’t tend to actually button my cardigans up very often, and so I don’t usually bother. But this time I did, picking a pretty vintage woven ribbon with roses and leaves. It’s a fun pop on the inside!
If you’d like to try it yourself, Lauren has a good tutorial on it. I do it the same way, sewing the buttonholes by machine. (And worth mentioning, you don’t need to tack the sewn buttonholes to the buttonholes you make in your knit band, you just line them up and the buttons make it through both together just fine. I wondered about this for a long time before I did it the first time.)
If you don’t own a sewing machine, you can follow my tutorial for how to work buttonholes by hand, and use that to make the buttonholes in the ribbon.
I love the way the ribbon looks on the insides! (I didn’t photograph it, but the ribbon is behind both bands.) The photo below is also a good closeup of the vintage buttons I used. I actually have a matching belt buckle blank that I was going to use to sew a belt for my checked dress, but just couldn’t bring myself to make one after finishing the dress (and mostly, after inserting that zipper twice). Maybe someday. 🙂
And while I left the collar of my dress in so you could see the neckline in the photos above, I do think it’s a pretty fetching combo with the collar out!
Overall, it’s a cardigan in my favorite color, in a length that I can wear with dresses and skirts. I don’t typically knit things multiple times but I love this pattern so much, I may just be inclined to knit another one sometime! Probably not in a shade of red again, though. 😉
Now, off to finish up my birthday dress this week and a couple of other things… how it is snowing outside when it’s nearly my birthday is beyond me. Being an April baby I’m used to having crappy weather around my birthday, but Mother Nature, this is pushing it!