Modification Monday: Garri Sweater

Original Pattern: Garri Sweater

Knitter Extraordinaire: Jimi (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: The pattern was originally a bottom-up pullover, but Jimi re-engineered it to be a top-down cardigan. She knit it in the round and steeked, adjusting gauge and shortening the waist to suit her frame. Project page with more details can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Even if there were no modifications, this sweater is spectacular. I love the colour choice of the grey, gold, and white; and this looks like the coziest sweater ever. I’m particularly impressed by her decision to reverse the direction of the sweater, as knitting it top-down and in the round allowed her to try it on as she went, which was extra important as she adjust the fit and length to suit her. If you are looking at a stranded sweater design and it is bottom-up try knitting it top-down, especially if the yoke is the round – that much easier! Turning the charts upside down can help with figuring out the new direction, and Jimi mentions in her notes that it was easier than she thought it would be.  Steeking and installing a zipper aside (both not for the faint of heart!), I love the proportions of the ribbing on the zipper band in particular. it seems like a small thing to note, but it is very easy for button bands and zipper bands to be either a bit narrow or a bit wide for the overall sweater, and Jimi absolutely nailed it.



  1. Wanda   •  

    Steeking and a zipper?? I bow deeply to such brave knitters. And I totally agree – the colors are gorgeous, the yarn looks so cozy, and the fit of the zipper looks absolutely perfect. WOW!

  2. Melissa   •  

    That looks warm and lovely! I love the color combo of yellow, and gray!

  3. Jackie   •  

    I absolutely love this, I wish I even knew where to start on modifications.

  4. miss agnes   •  

    Goodness! What a beauty! The color combo is gorgeous, and a superb knit, not to mention the bravery of the knitter.

  5. Alina   •  

    Wow! Mind blowing!!!! Love love this sweater! What an inspiration, Jimi!

  6. Lisa   •  

    OH WOW. Every week you blow my mind with these posts and once again you did it. How amazing and daring is that?

  7. Neulisti   •  

    I totally need to make a cardigan like this for next winter!

  8. Hanna   •  

    Oh, it’s beautiful! And I agree, the width and type of button band suit the cardigan perfectly! Well done! So well done! I really like the colour combiniation, too! I hope one day I will steek and add zippers and change directions, too :):)

  9. Jessica Lane   •  

    I love the gray and yellow combo, this is stunning!!!!!

  10. Val   •  

    I’m pretty sure that’s the most perfect amount of yarn halo ever. Combined with those colours and the fitted silhouette that is one gorgeous cardi! I took a peak at the original design and what a beautiful difference! Way to go Jimi!

  11. Stefanie   •  

    How clever she is; I love that halo of her yarn. Thank you about my cards ^__^.

  12. Snow   •  

    What is it about this color combo that is so eye-catching? Love grellow -always looks fresh and classic.
    What a great example of using techniques available to modify a pattern into something more!
    Great hint about turning charts upside down- The whole project is amazing!

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