Last spring I bought myself some delicious Karen Walker wool-blend knit in camel brown, and I immediately thought it would be perfect for a circle cardigan.
I envisioned something with a bit of a 1950s twist, with the fold-down of the circle mimicking a shawl collar, and the volume of the cut evoking a late 50s swing coat, with the goal being to elevate the cardigan from ‘slouchy wear around the house wear’ to ‘looking glam while still being super comfy’ status.
I used an altered version of the sleeves from my cardigan pattern, and then did the rest based on a few measurements and some trial and error.
The fabric had a lovely picot edged selvedge, so I used it to form the binding – much simpler to accomplish than a full folded binding, and I love the way it looks.
I’m wearing the cardigan with a Stella skirt, a commercial blouse that I love because the neck pleating reminds me of a lei, and one of my Grandmother’s hats.
The photos are from our last ‘yes I’ll go to the hardware store with you if you’ll take pictures of me’ special of the year – there will be quite a few less hardware store trips now that the weather has gotten cold.
For photos we stopped at an abandoned store painted in a delicious aqua blue, and then at a spot I’ve had my eye on for a while now – a fabulous fence made of old doors in front of the No. 8 Building Recyclers.
As Mr D was snapping pictures, the owner finished closing up for the day and came out and complimented me on my outfit and offered to share my photos on their facebook page.
I knew there was a reason I love that place!
Stay tuned for my next post, in which I demonstrate how very versatile this cardigan is…