March 5th, 2012

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 446 Castle Cardigan

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The next installment of our Valley Yarns Show and Tell is here! Today we’re looking at 446 Castle Cardigan. It is knit in Valley Yarns Longmeadow. This great cotton/microfiber blend is soft and perfect for warm weather projects.

We tried on the 36″ size.

Height: 5’3″
Bust: 37″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 42″

Love love love how soft and comfy Longmeadow is. This is totally a cardigan I would live in. Handy pockets are handy.

Height: 5’0″
Bust: 38″
Waist: 30″
Hips: 38″

I love this sweater! It’s comfortable, warm, and the stitch pattern is beautiful. It doesn’t look too busy, but has great cables on the front panels, and a nice overall stitch pattern. This fit really well, but I’d have to make the sleeves a little shorter. 

Height: 5’4¾”
Bust: 35½”
Waist: 29½”
Hips: 40″

Of all the new Valley Yarns patterns for spring, this is the one I would wear the most. The combination of the comfort of Longmeadow, easy length, one button closure, and a little ease in the sleeves, I’d reach for this sweater from my closet often. I love the classic silhouette paired with the interesting cable detail.

Height: 5’4″
Bust: 39½
Waist: 32″
Hips: 43″

I love the way this cardigan feels! Longmeadow is super soft. I would make this form myself in this length. I think I would move the button down several inches so it fastens below the bust. I’d also knit it in a different color since green isn’t one of my favorites. Maybe winter lake? Gray is one of my favorites and this color has the slightest touch of blue to it.

Height: 5’2″
Bust: 40″
Waist: 33½”
Hips: 43″

I think this is just the right length on me and I like that this size gives me some negative ease.  I love the detail of the cable running into the pockets.  I would knit the sleeves quite a bit shorter for my arms, which would be a very easy adjustment to the pattern.

Height: 5’7 ½”
Bust: 36¾”
Waist: 34¾”
Hips: 38½”

I think we were all a little surprised by how good this cardigan looked on a variety of bodies. Its really quite flattering. The Longmeadow yarn feels great against your skin and isn’t particularly warm so this sweater would be great in the warmer months when there’s just a slight chill. I think its a good size for me, and I like the length of the sleeves, but I’d either make the sweater shorter or longer, as this length hits me at my widest point and isn’t quite as flattering. The cables down the sides are beautiful and I love that they end with pockets. I can definitely see myself stashing stitch markers or a cell phone there.

We have another sweater from the Spring catalog on deck for next week!

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4 Responses to “Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 446 Castle Cardigan”

  1. Quiltasaur Says:

    Thank you for posting photos of the sweater on different body types. That is so helpful in judging how it will work for me.

  2. Opal2 Says:

    Wow….that sweater actually looked good on ALL of you (save a little arm length here and there). must try!

  3. Donna Says:

    Beautiful sweater!  I love that you showed it on a lot of women of different sizes so we can judge how it would fit on our own bodies.  I’m going to have to consider this one for myself.

  4. Trina Says:

    Kudos to you brave women to put your measurements up for everyone to see.  Cute sweater too!

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