Ok, so, I’ve been wearing my new Tea Leaves cardigan everywhere, and pretty much every day since I finished it. I realized maybe I was going overboard when I dropped by my parents’ house last week and my mother quipped, “gee, I haven’t seen that sweater before…” Ok, point taken. Heh.
So in an effort to be a little more well-rounded in my wardrobe choices, I am taking a look at some of my other sweaters and figuring out how I can make them more wearable. Today I want to focus on this one:
My biggest problem with it is the neck. It’s so stretchy that if I wear it as intended (with the button bands meeting up), the top slides off of my shoulders.
I added a button in order to combat that issue, figuring I could live with overlapping front panels if I had to, but the neck still stretches, and after a few minutes of wear, the whole thing shifts, pivots at the button point, and just looks really wonky.
I am always fiddling with it to make it fit well and sit well on me. I love the color and style of this sweater, but fit-wise, it’s just annoying to wear!
So, here are what I see as my options for fixing it:
- Do something to make the neck less stretchy. I’ve read that you can do a row of single crochet along the neckline, but I don’t want it to be visible – I like the look of the collar as-is. Do you think a little crochet would fix the problem, and if so, any suggestions for keeping it from significantly altering the design? Could it be done on the inside?
- Add another button or two. This may help the pivoting issue, but I still think that it will bunch up and hang funny after a while.
- Get rid of the first button, and add a row of smaller buttons along the button band. This could work, but then I’d definitely need to do something to reign in the neck.
I turn to you, more experienced knitters than me: any tricks you can share to make this sweater more enjoyable to wear?