March 15th, 2011

Valley Yarns Show & Tell: Teal Top-Down Cardigan

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Since the new catalog is out, it’s time for more Valley Yarns Show & Tell, where staff members try on the different projects and say what they like/don’t like or would change about them.

First up, we have #361 Teal Top-Down Cardigan, designed by Melissa LaBarre. This cardigan is designed not to close at the front and has a great ruffle detail down the edges. It is knit from the top down, so you can try it on as you go.

We tried on the 35″ cardigan.

First up, we have Kirsten:

Height: 5’3″

Bust: 37″

Waist: 30″

Hips: 42″

Kirsten said: “think I’d cast on a few more stitches for the fronts or work an additional ruffle. I kept wanting to fasten it shut!”

Grace –

Height: 5’0″

Bust: 38″

Waist: 30″

Hips: 38″

Grace said: “This one was a little snug so I would need to make the next size up. The sleeve length was great and I love the ruffle detail.”

Dena –

Height: 5’4¾”

Bust: 35½”

Waist: 29½”

Hips: 40″

Dena said: “Felt like I needed more room in the back across my shoulders. Also I didn’t like how the hem was higher in the back than the front. But I love the color, ruffle detail and sleeve length.  I would want to make the next size up if I was to knit this.”

Mary –

Height: 5’4″

Bust: 41½”

Waist: 34½”

Hips: 44½”

Mary said: “I think I would definitely knit a different size on this. I did feel like I kept wanting to close it, but I think it would be more comfortable in the larger size. I love the ruffle!”

Tina –

Height: 5’2″

Bust: 40″

Waist: 33½”

Hips: 43″

Tina said: “I like this cardigan and think the shine of the yarn plus that small ruffle down the front gives it a little something extra special.  While this size technically fit me, I would knit the next size up so that the fronts of the cardigan come farther forward.”

Erin –

Height: 5’8″

Bust: 35″

Waist: 27″

Hips: 36½”

Erin said: “I don’t think elbow-length is that flattering on me; I’d make this a 3/4 sleeve. I don’t really think the ruffles work for me.”

We hope you have enjoyed this peek at the Teal Top-Down Cardigan. I want to say an extra big ‘thank you!’ to the staff who were willing to have their picture taken and measurements put up on the blog!

Stay tuned, we’ll have another Show & Tell next week!

Happy Knitting!

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4 Responses to “Valley Yarns Show & Tell: Teal Top-Down Cardigan”

  1. Aparmenterbarber Says:

    You ladies are very brave, that is all i have to say!!!

  2. Stephanie Werbiskis Says:

    Very helpful!! This is my first Show & Tell, but definitely not my last! This sweater is really pretty, may have to add it to my queue!!

  3. beth Says:

    Nice feature for the blog!

  4. Rizell Says:

    I really like the pattern.  I’m considering making it shorter as a shrug.

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