I love seeing the process other knitters and sewers go through when planning a project, so I thought it would be interesting to share my own process in an ongoing series here (Wardrobe Building Case Studies) whenever I'm working on a major piece for my "core" wardrobe.
This week, I'm diving into the process of replacing a well-worn shawl collar cardigan in my closet. I've actually spent a good deal of time looking at patterns, and narrowed my choices down to three top contenders:
My criteria for this sweater were:
- good size shawl collar
- relaxed, but not oversize fit
The top choices were from left to right: Bellows by Michele Wang; Bartlett by Michele Wang; and Rosemont by Hannah Fetig. In the end, I decided on Bellows (although I had sudden second thoughts after seeing this Rowe cardigan on Instagram - to die for!). I can customize the fit to be a little less oversize, I love the simple cables and textures (interesting without being overwhelming) and I really want to add some of those leather buttons! Seeing versions knit up by Jen of Grainline Studio and Karen of The Fringe Association was a huge influence on my choice too. Honestly, I'm not sure I would have picked out Bellows for my own closet until seeing versions knit up by makers I admire. However, after seeing their finished sweaters, I haven't been able to get Bellows out of my mind. I took a few minutes to sketch out a couple outfit ideas in my Fashionary notebook and I'm pretty convinced that this is going to be a great wardrobe addition:
I'm still debating about yarn choice. I'd love to use the recommended BT Loft, but since it's held double that would mean spending a medium-sized fortune on yarn. Since I have two more BT sweaters in mind, I'm thinking about trying Cascade Eco Wool; it's been used a couple times for other Bellows sweaters according to Ravelry and I wouldn't have to double it since it's a bulky weight yarn.
Cheers to more #slowfashionoctober making and planning!