Common Ground
July 6, 2013
October 2013

Common Ground

Project info
Common Ground by Elizabeth Smith
Medium (sort of)
Needles & yarn
US 10 - 6.0 mm
US 9 - 5.5 mm
Cascade Yarns ® Ecological Wool®
124 yards in stash
1.74 skeins = 831.7 yards (760.5 meters), 435 grams
WEBS - America's Yarn Store in Northampton, Massachusetts

I adore this sweater!

After wearing this sweater for a couple weeks, I’ve found that it tends to slide both down and back. The hood - which is too shallow to fit over the head properly - pulls the sweater backwards.

That said, I love this sweater. It’s super cozy to wear and warm, but not overheating warm because of the open front. The pattern was well written and easy to follow, and because of the changing stitch patterns (garter, stockinette, lace, stockinette, and ribbing), plus the bulky yarn, the body knitting goes pretty quick and doesn’t get boring!

Pattern Alterations:

According to the pattern, I fall somewhere between a medium and large in this pattern. But I have a 38” high bust and a 41.5” full bust (D-cup), meaning that if I knit a larger size to fit my bust, the shoulders would wind up way too big and wide I think, and I didn’t want a baggy sweater.

So I knit a size S through the yoke for a better fit through the shoulders. This may seem a little too small considering the small fits a size 35 bust, but I wanted it to be very open in the front, more like how the XS and S’s were fitting, and I have fairly narrow shoulders.

I switched to stockinette four rows before the sleeve divide to reduce how low the garter section goes - I didn’t like when it fell at or below bust level. I kept increasing until I divided. ETA: After wearing this, I’m really glad I did this, and kind of wish I’d switched sooner.

When I got to the armhole divide, I cast on 4 stitches on both sides to give more mobility in the underarm area and increase the sweater size to medium. And since I have a short torso and wide hips, I shortened the sweater by only doing the lace pattern 3 times total.

I did my own thing with the sleeves since I have short arms, decreasing at my own intervals and only knitting to the length I needed. Sorry, I didn’t keep my notes on the decrease interval or total length.

Of course, I tried this sweater on a lot to make sure my adjustments were working out!

Nice pattern, and I think I’ll get a lot of wear out of this cardigan. If I were to make this again, I’d widen the front to make it button up.

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478 yards / 250 grams

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  • Project created: July 7, 2013
  • Finished: November 2, 2013
  • Updated: November 11, 2013
  • Progress updates: 5 updates