you can see, the same sweater looks very different on different women!
We give general suggestions for customization for your inspiration.
Only you can choose how you want your sweaters to fit and which
customizations will work best for you and your beautiful self!
Notes on the Refined Aran Jacket by Katie Himmelberg, assistant editor of Interweave Knits:
Another of our reader's favorite projects from the Winter issue,
this sweet little sweater designed by Pam Allen combines the tailored
look of a jacket with the comfort of a cardigan. This sweater is really
all about the details; the petite shawl collar, the sleeve cables
extending to the saddle shoulders, and the fine finishing of the
pockets. Smooth merino yarn, made up of multiple plies (a "cabled"
yarn, made up of plied plies) shows great stitch definition so that the
cables really pop.
The fit is achieved through waist shaping, so again, be sure to
check the schematic against your own measurements to choose the best
fit! A little extra room (less than 2") in the bust would not detract
from the fitted look; a jacket that is too small will cause the
buttonholes to gape and could detract from the clean lines and
sophistication of the silhouette.
When checking the armhole measurement on the schematic, keep in mind
that some additional depth will be provided by the saddle shoulder
extension on the sleeve. Add half of the width of the saddle shoulder
extension (half of 1 1/2"; 3/4") to the armhole measurement for the
total finished armhole depth.
I like to knit cardigans in more conservative colors than I might
otherwise choose because you will almost always see what I'm wearing
underneath. Choose your favorite color, the color that matches the most
items in your wardrobe, or a neutral for the maximum wearability. This
style would look great with a button-down dress shirt, a camisole, a
v-neck tee, a dress…cardigans are so versatile, it would work with
nearly any outfit.
Sample garment shown has the following finished measurements:
Bust: 34" (86.5 cm) given in pattern specifications
Waist: 34" (86.5 cm) shown on schematic
Hem: 38" (96.5 cm) shown on schematic
Neck to Hem: 21" (53.5 cm) calculated from schematic
Waist to Hem: 13.5" (34.5 cm) shown on schematic