March 12th, 2012

Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 451 Leoni Cardigan

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This week we take a look at 451 Leoni Cardigan. This cardigan is crocheted in in Valley Yarns Northfield. It is made by joining two hexagons together.

We tried on the 36″ size.

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

I like the loose, drapey sleeves on this cardigan, and I like being able to wear it open and casual like this.

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

This fit well, but the sleeves were a little big. I’d make those a little smaller, and either make the overall length longer so it fits more like a tee, or shorter to fit as a shrug. The length came in between the two on me. 

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

I liked the cropped look of this crocheted sweater, but would like it more if there was less fabric in the sleeves. Unfortunately with its construction, you wouldn’t be able to alter the fit of the sleeves without changing the proportions of the rest of the cardigan.

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

I love the way the colors combine on this cardigan and I love the yarn, but the sweater isn’t for me. The wider sleeves made me feel like my arms were big. I would also want a closure on it, and for it to be longer. I love layering and having another color peeking out of my top layer, but I don’t think cropped styles are totally flattering on me.

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

This would be cute with a pair of jeans and a long-sleeved tshirt. I might add a button and wear it closed just at the top which would help the shoulders to better fall into place on my shape. I think the size this sample was crocheted in works for my size.

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

I’m a fan of this cropped cardigan. I love the yarn (who wouldn’t) and I think the length is cute and fun. Its unique construction makes it a bit boxy but I don’t mind that at all. It would be a great piece to have when I need a little layering and a little warmth, but I don’t want to lug around a big sweater. I would probably add a couple of buttons near the top so that I could keep it closed if I wanted to, but other than that I think I’d keep it as is.

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

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One Response to “Valley Yarns Show and Tell: 451 Leoni Cardigan”

  1. MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv2.2 Says:

    I like this…it would definitely have a retro vibe depending on how it’s worn..with a full skirt and petticoat (1950s), padded blouse and fitted a-line skirt (1940s) and ankle-length skirt and matching blouse (1930s). Not only that, it looks so easy to make..and of course, can be worn a thousand ways beyond the ones I mentioned. 

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