Modification Monday: The Choice Cardigan

Original Pattern: The Choice

Knitter Extraordinaire: Timea (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Significantly shortened the length of the cardigan. Details and more photos are on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: Never underestimate the power of a simple modification for big impact. Timea shortened the length of this pretty top-down cabled cardigan, and it makes a huge impact. When looking at knitting patterns, think about what it might look like if you lengthened or shortened it by 6 inches or more. If you love cropped cardigans, look at other patterns and imagine what it would look like at your ideal length. And if you love long tunics, look at typical cardigan patterns and imagine what they would look like at your preferred longer length. Shortening or lengthening a knit can have a big impact not only on how it looks, but how comfortable you feel in it. Knit garments in lengths you love!

22 comments

  1. Bronchitikat   •  

    Iceland – good to find a country which cares about it’s young people enough to really do something for them! Wish our government would do the same, rather than just telling us we don’t want to pay higher taxes. There is no money for anything. But not admitting that the two are related!

    The coffee smoothie looks fun. Though I wonder about using almond milk and then adding Greek yoghurt. I mean, why not use cow’s milk? Like the yoghurt does? Or is that just me?

    That dyeing looks fun too.

    And right inside the 44 Quick Ways to Becoming . . . I found some Background Noise for those who can’t work in silence ‘Gryffindor Commonroom’. Think I’d do better working in silence, though I usually use Classic fM radio!

    • Julie   •     Author

      You know, I wondered the same thing- why use almond milk and greek yogurt? The only thing I could think of is that unsweetened almond milk is about half the calories of skim milk, so it’s possible that they are just watching their calories. But I’d just use whatever I had on hand.

      Cheers,

      Julie

  2. Bronchitikat   •  

    Ah, yes, see what I’ve done there. Commented on your Saturday multi-post on your Monday Makeover comment section. Maybe I need the Gryffindor Commonroom background noise after all!

    As for alterations, I usually find myself lengthening everything, what with being 6′ tall with very long arms and legs. Not to mention entirely the wrong shape for crop tops or shrugs! She looks good though.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Sharon,

      Clever knitter! people who are either tall or short are often used to making those amendments to their knits already, so well done you on getting that sorted! I have oddly short arms, so I often adjust my sleeves. But I’ve overly shortened them before, too!

      Cheers,

      Julie

      • Bronchitikat   •  

        I’ve over-lengthened sleeves too. It comes as quite a surprise to have to ‘cuff’ them!

  3. miss agnes   •  

    This is so true. With experience, I see that I should probably lengthen most of my sweaters as they always seem to be too short – or it’s because I’m in a hurry to finish (or need to measure myself properly every now and then). This cardigan is totally transformed with its cropped length, and it suits her slim frame so well. Great mod!

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Agnes,

      I will often adjust length, but I’m not very tall! I think we are also so used to seeing a line cardigans in longer lengths, so shorter version is very fresh looking!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      I totally agree!!

  4. Alina   •  

    Timea did such an amazing job and created a complete different look with this little mod! I was so lucky to have her as a test knitter! 🙂

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Alina,

      So true! It’s wonderful when a test knitter makes small mods that have a big impact, because it shows that the design has flexibility and looks good at different length. Must be the brilliant design! 😉

      Cheers,

      Julie

  5. Stefani   •  

    That’s a pretty cardigan. You made some good points on using one’s imagination in regards to length with other patterns.

    • stefanie   •  

      And thank you for about my possum socky socks. Dare to be different I say.

      • stefanie   •  

        Sorry, and mahalo about the bunting. Man, that sucker was way more work than I realized. Of course I was the Queen of Procrastination, *sighs*. I’d like to make one for myself one day but that’s tabled for another time.

        • Julie   •     Author

          I hear you, especially since I’m a little behind in my advent mini stocking reboot for this year’s batch! That’s why I did that post about big projects- it feels like making small bits like your bunting won’t take long, but when you have to make a whole bunch of them it’s a totally different story!

          Cheers,

          Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Stefani,

      So true- and length is one of those things that seems like not that big of a deal but has a huge impact on how a sweater looks and ho you can wear it!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      I totally agree! Now I want to knit this cardi, too!

  6. lisa   •  

    Thank you for sharing this. I love your patterns and just found your blog and plan to follow along.

    I’ve never really thought about modifying anything that much, but it is interesting to think about in terms of what works best for the knitter and wearer.

    • Julie   •     Author

      Hi Lisa,

      Welcome to the blog, I’m so glad you found it! Mondays I usually showcase a modification that a knitter has made, to help inspire other knitters to think about their knitting in new ways. One of the best things about knitting your own garments and accessories is that you have total control- so modifying is within your scope!

      Cheers,

      Julie

    • Julie   •     Author

      I agree, it’s so pretty!

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