March 19th, 2012

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 449 Bridge Cardigan

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Today we’re featuring 449 Bridge Cardigan in our Valley Yarns Show and Tell. It is knit in Valley Yarns Berkshire. Long, extra wide fronts and an extra tall neck surround you in warmth. Ties at the yoke create a gathered look. The cardigan is worked sideways from the cuffs-in and joined together at the center back with a technique that’s a lot more fun than Kitchener stitch.


We tried on the 36″ size.

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

This was definitely an experiment with sweater construction and a different kind of closure, but the result is surprisingly wearable, and very warm!

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

This cardigan fit really well, but made me a little top-heavy. Maybe I’d make the bow out of a thinner yarn, or just make it a little smaller in general. Making that fabric a little lighter would even out the proportions.

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

This was a comfortable, warm sweater. But I would want to leave off the yoke ties. They just produced too much fabric at the top of the sweater. I’d rather close the sweater with a shawl pin.


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

I didn’t totally love this cardigan. I feel like there was too much fabric for me. I did really like it without the ties on the front. Without them, it’s a nice, simple cardigan, and Berkshire is a great warm layer, so I think it would work well for an outer layer in the fall.

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

I think the size is right for me, and I like the horizontal element created by knitting it sideways.  It is super warm and cozy.

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

I think this cardigan would be great on the right person, but I don’t think it was built for me. I like it best when the cardigan is completely closed. My white shirt peeking through is a little distracting. I think I’d make one size larger and lengthen the sleeves so that they go just past my wrists. The front tie gives this cardigan a little retro vibe and it draws the eye up to the neck and face, which is nice. The Berkshire yarn would be nice and warm for the late fall and winter months, but its a bit too warm for the coming spring.

We have one more sweater from the Spring catalog for next week!

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2 Responses to “Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 449 Bridge Cardigan”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Um.  Don’t love it.  Actually, don’t even like it.  Very bulky and unflattering on everyone. 

  2. Meredith Anderson Says:

    looked the best on Tina.

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