I love cardigans – they are truly useful and adaptable garments – you can put them on and fully fasten, or have them open for cooling, and take them off and put over your shoulders for keeping a chill off. A cardigan is, to me, way more useful than a pullover (your mileage may vary).
This cardigan (of my own design, some details here ) will go to Afghanistan through Afghans for Afghans, where it will find a home with a girl who is at school, which in that culture is a revolutionary act to some. Wanna knit one of the 500 sweaters we need for this campaign? Click on the link for Afghans for Afghans.
It requires some assembly – that is – it has finishing. I’ve minimized some of the assembly by knitting the fronts and backs as one piece. This may mean that it will get a little long, but that can actually be good in a place where garments are long and loose. I could have knit together the shoulders in a three-needle-bind off, but I won’t do so on purpose, because this is a heftier yarn and I want very stable seams at the shoulder.
I also could have knit the sleeves top-down seamlessly, but again, I’ve chosen not to. With this thick yarn, I think having a seamed sleeve-cap is a good idea, and seams down the sleeve will ensure that they don’t get so long as to be in the way.
Some assembly is required, but I am glad of it! There is also a plan to dye the finished garment, but that will wait for another day…
Seams can be our friends, and I’m anxious to see how this all turns out.