Cashmere And Merino Fitted Sweater with Short Row Shaping

Project Description

What are you most proud of? You'll notice I took a photo of my amateur attempt at short rows around the bust; the pattern lined up correctly along the seam because I started the short rows five stitches in. Short rows are like bust darts, which allowed the sweater to lay more evenly around my body, instead of wearing a sweater that's hiked up in the front! No one wants to see belly buttons! What advice would you give someone starting this project? If you find a pattern you love, don't be afraid to alter it, we all have different body shapes, so why not custom something to fit you perfectly, something you love to wear?

What you will need

  • I used a cashmere and merino blend from Craftsy's yarn sale
  • scoring 10 skeins for under 30 bucks! The yarn was a bit more delicate to work with since it's organic material. I had to alter the pattern since it knitted differently.
  • US 6 / 4.0 mm / UK 8

Q&A with Cara Michelle

fastkitti2362055 asked:
Lovely color! Did you shape the body of your sweater at the waist? This looks like an extra small. LOVE LOVE LOVE the 3/4 sleeve....on anything I make. Love all your projects Miss Cara!
Cara Michelle answered:
Yes, the sweater was shaped around the waist, slightly, by using smaller needles, but around the bust and the short row shaping, I switched to size 8 needles. The 3/4 inch is so much fun, isn't it?
darrowland asked:
Beautiful neckline and fitting technique. You are an inspiration!
Cara Michelle answered:
Thank you, Darrowland. If I can do it, anyone can!
Steph7980 asked:
Beautifully done, I cant wait to start my own!
Cara Michelle answered:
I will be on the lookout for your sweater.
Tianna Jasso asked:
Cara Michelle answered:
Thank you, Tianna.
Nancywin asked:
Love the fitting and lower neckline. I'm doing the cardi, but after seeing yours, I'll have to do this version too!
Cara Michelle answered:
If this helps, I'll share that I only made 16 raglan sleeve holes, which fits lower on the shoulders; it doesn't "roll" the neckline, and even gives it a 50's flair. Every body is different, and leaving some rows out may not be suitable for everyone's project - I don't want to be the cause of a sweater disaster! But I'll be sure to watch for your cardigan!