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31st May
written by Steph
While it's no longer really knitwear season here in Nashville (yesterday was a SCORCHER), I can't help but continue obsessively creating things. I've finally graduated from hats and scarves and mitts to non-accessory items of clothing... Here's picture proof of my achievement, in the form of my very first handmade cardigan!

I used the Miette pattern designed by Andi Satterlund, which was a breeze to knit (although I admit that the concept of negative ease did my head in at first so I actually knit this sweater twice... once in a size L, which was ginormous on me, and then again in a size M, which fits much better as you can see)! As a first sweater project, this was ideal because it's knit all in one piece, so there's no seaming required and you can try it on as you go.

I love the retro feel of this cardigan, and I decided to add to its personality by sewing on bright green buttons. You may be surprised to learn this, but I actually had to follow instructions on how to sew on these buttons as I've never sewn on a button in my life! But with this newly acquired skill, I am clearly well on my way to becoming the ultimate domestic goddess, no?

Being a rather busty lady, I don't have many button-up articles of clothing that I actually can button-up comfortably, but one of the joys of custom-making one's own clothing is the ability to make sure it fits! Of course, the cardigan is still really cute when unbuttoned, and I look forward to pairing it with many an ensemble!


  1. Sim

    Looks amazing, Steph! The green buttons were the perfect finishing touch. Looking forward to seeing it in person!

  2. 05/31/2011

    That is really adorable Steph and it looks completely professionally made as well. Fantastic job!

  3. 05/31/2011

    Gorgeous sweater Steph! The color is really pretty on you. You’re very talented!

  4. Amy

    How beautiful! and Holy cow, that’s amazing Steph! I used to know sweaters in my college days, the big fluffy icelandic kind made with wool that doesn’t stretch. Your sweater with the intricate design, the buttons and what looks like cotton must have been exceedingly difficult to knit! I am so impressed…you could go into business for yourelf although it’s fun to be able to make your own clothes!

  5. I am so so impressed. I can sew, but knitting? Wow. Too cool, and it looks so cute on you!

  6. 05/31/2011

    LOVE THIS! I am so jealous of your knitting skills. I would love to create something like this.

  7. kay

    Oh wow Steph, it’s absolutely GORGEOUS! And it’s your first? I’m impressed! I’m working on my first sweater and it’s for the Man of the House, I picked a really plain and easy pattern as I was a bit afraid of it.
    I love the colors you picked, both for the yarn and the buttons. It’s perfect together! Which yarn did you use for it?

  8. Pam

    Oh MAAAAN! This is so neat, Steph! So fun and intricate and really cute. I’m not a big sweater person (especially this of year in Atlanta!) but this looks like and fresh enough to wear any time. Cool!

  9. Lu

    That’s AMAZING. You look fab and you did a great job. I NEED to learn how to knit.

  10. 05/31/2011

    Very cute! You’re so talented! I especially love the green buttons.

  11. 05/31/2011

    Super cute! I have been telling myself I am going to learn how to knit for over 5 years now – this is inspiring me to get off my butt and take the first step!

  12. 06/01/2011

    I loooove this. You look so cute!

  13. 06/01/2011

    Oh Steph, that is just beautiful! I like the color, and the design as well. You are so talented when it comes to knitting! Great job!

  14. 06/01/2011

    Looks great, Steph! Love the green buttons. It’s hot in NYC so I know it’s gotta be scorching by now in Nashvegas!

  15. mee

    So cute! I wish I could knit. The only thing I knitted was a half-done scarf =\. I don’t have a very good hand coordination. I’m totally enjoying your knitting adventure!

  16. 06/02/2011

    Steph, love the sweater! The color and the buttons are great! Very stylish and cute – you did an awesome job 🙂

  17. 06/02/2011

    This is awesome, Steph! Congratulations! Your new sweater looks really beautiful!

  18. 06/02/2011

    Beautiful sweater! I’m liking the hair, too.

  19. 06/05/2011

    Fabulous job! Love the sweater. You must have been so excited to finish it!

  20. 06/06/2011

    @ all: Thanks so much for the wonderful feedback everyone! I’ve actually worn the sweater outside of the apartment now and it is holding up well! It’s too hot to wear it here in Nashville (even if it is a cotton blend!), but I look forward to trotting it out again once the weather cools down (in October, I’m sure!).

  21. 06/06/2011

    That is VERY cute! The colour, the buttons, and all! Best time to start knitting for fall; by then you’ll have new additions to the wardrobe from your very own hands, awesome. 🙂

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