FO: Golden Vintage Cardigan

NaKniSweMoDo #8 finished!

Golden Vintage Cardigan

I’m quite happy with the cardigan, although I’d hoped for it to have a bit more ease. It’s my own fault, though – I didn’t bother to swatch, and my gauge turned out tighter than the other things I’ve knitted with Cotton Fleece for some reason. So it ended up fitted enough that I’ll only be wearing it over sleeveless tops, but that’s OK. It looks good, so I’m not disappointed. Maybe I’ll end up making another one in a different color and make it larger, for a different look.

I’m still going to look for better buttons – these are OK, but look pretty plastic-y in real life. And I’d rather have gotten full round ones instead of these half-round ones. But they’ll work for now. I actually found some that I really liked, but the tag said “Do not wash, do not dryclean”. o.O

I can’t decide if I like the scallopy edges of the button bands or not. Sometimes I like them, and sometimes I think I need to get some ribbon to line them.

I guess I’ll wear it the way it is while I look for ribbon. If I don’t find anything I like, I won’t worry about it. So far I haven’t found anything I’m all that excited about. I can’t find a green that is at all in the same color family, so it will have to be something contrasting. There were a lot of cute ribbons in patterns, but they all looked a little too casual or modern, and didn’t really suit the style of the cardigan. I did actually find some gorgeous silk ribbon in a matching color, but I don’t think it would have gone through the wash very well. So far the only things I’ve found that would work are a boring cream-color, and an orange (much like Norma’s new shawl) that would be kind of an interesting surprise. Hmmm. Maybe that wouldn’t be such a good idea. Norma might steal the cardigan to wear with the shawl.

Golden Vintage Cardigan

Pattern: Golden Vintage Cardigan, by Thea Colman (Baby Cocktails). Ravelry project here.

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece, in “Olive”, slightly over 4 skeins (I had to use part of a 5th skein to do the neck band).

Needles: US 6 (4 mm)

Size: Medium


  • Lowered the waist shaping by 2.5”.
  • Did the buttonholes as k2, yo, k2tog.
  • Increased the length of the sleeves by 3”.
  • Rolled neck edging like Margene’s. I picked up 3 out of 4 stitches around the neck, and worked 6 rows in stockinette before binding off.
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13 Responses to FO: Golden Vintage Cardigan

  1. joan says:

    Stunning! What a great color, you coordinate nicely with your garden.

  2. marianne says:

    I agree with Joan, absolutely stunning! Love the colour on you (love the colour anyway) and from this point of view the fit is fabulous, just right.
    Beautifully knit. Another very classy little cardi!

  3. It looks awesome as is!

    And what a fence!

  4. Chris says:

    I like it! I see what you mean about the buttons. I bet if you block it larger, you’ll get more ease. 🙂

  5. margene says:

    We forgot to look at US for buttons! It looks so classic and stylish. You’ll wear it often!

  6. Stacey says:

    She is beautiful! The model and the sweater. I like the scallopy look … today. Ask me tomorrow and I might say I think it makes it look like the sweater is too small.

    Yeah. I don’t know how I made it this far being so wishy-washy. Although I prefer impulsive.

  7. Carrie says:

    It’s wonderful! Very nice. I think it’s my favorite yet.

  8. Cookie says:


    The sweater is nice, too, and I agree with Chris. I think you could get a bit more ease with a harder blocking.

  9. Anne says:

    I like it a lot! I’m sort of on the fence about the buttonband/ribbon facing. I don’t hate the current look, but if you wanted it less casual, I’d say invest the time in the ribbon to firm it up a bit.

  10. Nora says:

    I think it’s really pretty and I like the fit – perfect for summer.

  11. Laurie says:

    You rock that sweater. I”m guessing that when you make it a second time with more ease, the button band will take care of itself. Yes on the ribbon for this one. Just a peanut gallery vote.

  12. Lene says:

    Just beautiful! Looks perfect just the way it is!

  13. Norma says:

    Truly your last line got a big giggle out of me. I was thinking exactly the same thing. 🙂

    I’m also thinking of making another one, bigger — I gave some thought to using the den-m-nit yarn I have, but don’t know if I’ll get gauge. Then again, I don’t foresee much knitting going on around here for a while.

    I love it on you! And I think you will come to love the scalloped front edge, as I have. It’s a different, casual-yet-dressy look.

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