FO: Something Red (except, you know, purple)

What’s this?

something purple detail

Ah yes. My something red purple!

[details and lots of pictures behind the cut.]

pugs like something purple
Boris the Pug likes Something Purple
or maybe he is just hungry

I am very happy with this sweater in general. I am not quite as happy with it on me as I would like to be. I’m not unhappy, I just think there are things I could have done better. Onto the details!


Something Red by Wendy Bernard of Knit and Tonic. You can buy the pattern there or at The Garter Belt.


45″ bust, with some additional waist shaping and short row bust shaping (see modifications, below)


Classic Elite Premiere, eggplant (5295). 50% cotton, 50% tencel. Purchased at Webs last spring — Webs mistakenly calls it “navy.”


Knit Picks Options, US5


27 March 2007 – 22 April 2007 — less than a month! go me!


Quite a few!

something purple
I do like it

The most basic modification I made is that I switched from the nubby, heavy worsted weight Blue Sky Alpacas Cotton to the smooth, DK weight CEY Premiere.

I shortened the length of the raglan seams — the pattern specifies something close to 15″ along the raglan seam before slipping the sleeves to waste yarn. Maybe I am proportioned strange at my shoulders, but 10″ was a lot more reasonable for me, so that’s what I did.

This also lead me to cast on fewer stitches under the arms.

I added short-row bust shaping slightly lower than I should have. I just added 2 inches of additional shaping.

detail shot
sleeve and waist decreases
I love these

I also added some waist decreases to bring it in a little more at the waist.

more pictures
the necklace is amber, from the MiL

I added an additional row of increases on the bottom ribbing to make it flare out the slightest bit more.

neat and tidy
I love the elbow-length sleeves – kudos to DH for picking that over the long sleeves

I bound the sleeves and hem off using the Russian bind-off so it was more stretchy (k2tog, slip resulting st back to needle, k2tog — except work it in pattern based upon what the second stitch is).

I bound the buttonband off using the standard bind-off in pattern so it was more solid and wouldn’t stretch.

The back of the neck short-rows Wendy designed for the buttonband are fantastic.

back of the neck
back of the neck

I found the perfect wooden button at my LFS, G Street Fabrics.

I do so love this buttonband and knitting it was fun too. Who knew?


the dislikes, all three
the three dislikes, numbered for your pleasure!

  1. Despite making the sleeves smaller and trying on the top as I knit, I still think the sleeves are a little too wide for me. I have big arms, but I also like my sleeves a little snug (like my socks!).
  2. The fabric drapes perhaps a bit too much for a cardigan. I’m not happy with how the buttonband acts when buttoned — the button weighs a little too much for it. I’m worried that after wearing it for hours, it’ll droop so much it will look too big. I may need to NOT block it as aggressively as I did and let the wearing bring it to the proper size.
  3. I’m not happy with my m1s for the hem ribbing increases. They’re more visible than I’d like. I was hoping a wash+block would even them out somewhat — it did, but not as much as I hoped. I may take a crochet hook to it to mess with them a bit.
    sad sad m1s
    sad m1, like a sad mac, only different

  4. Lastly — I’m not sure if this style is right for me. I knew that from the beginning! I’m guessing that I will wear it most open. I do think that I will get a lot of wear out of it, and it’s definitely good for work (bonus!).

    dark something purple
    it’s impossible to take pictures after work
    how i will prob wear it most
    how I will probably wear it most, except with shorts that aren’t falling off because they are too big

Overall: it was a very enjoyable knit, Wendy’s patterns are stylish and modern, yet timeless. They’re also well-written, and I would recommend them to anyone who wants to knit a sweater and hasn’t yet.

16 Comments so far

  1. E on May 2nd, 2007

    WOO! Looks great! CEY Premiere is a lovely yarn. Hrmph, I may need some ;-)

  2. deneen on May 2nd, 2007

    That’s very, very cute-love the color

  3. Liz on May 2nd, 2007

    Very cute! Have you thought about backing the button band with ribbon to make it sturdier? I’ve never done it (or a cardigan at all, for that matter) but I’ve heard good things about it.

  4. Julie on May 2nd, 2007

    Jess I think it’s beautiful on you! I can’t wait until I knit well enough to make those sort of modifications. I feel like it’s a long time in coming. You did a fabulous job, I think it’s perfect!

  5. Kim on May 2nd, 2007

    I love it! You look so good in that color, and the sweater looks really good on you. I like it buttoned! With a cami like that one and a black skirt and heels you’d be set for work!

  6. Janet on May 2nd, 2007

    Oh I love it though . . . and the color is great. Thank you for sharing all your mods. Do you like the Classic Elite Premiere?

    Love the amber necklace too. ;-)

  7. Jess on May 2nd, 2007

    It’s very cute! I like that color on you.

  8. Andrea on May 3rd, 2007

    I hope me saying this doesn’t bother you in any way, but your face looks so friendly and beautiful in these photos I just had to let you know. :) Something purple looks really classy buttoned up, but I imagine it’s comfey unbuttoned. ;) (It looks good that way too, but a lot more casual.)

  9. Kara on May 3rd, 2007

    Open, closed–both look great! I think your mods look great. And your dislikes…hardly noticeable. You look beautiful in it!

  10. Kari on May 3rd, 2007

    I love the color! Love the style!

  11. Dawn on May 3rd, 2007

    It turned out wonderful. Love that color on you, it looks great with your dark hair. You really are a talented Knitter. I would never have been able to pull off such modifications with such perfection. Bravo.

  12. kristina on May 3rd, 2007

    It looks great on you, and it’s your perfect color. I wouldn’t have noticed any of the “problems” that you pointed out. I think it it’s great!

  13. Sara on May 3rd, 2007

    it looks really pretty! the style is very nice. i made ms marigold out of that same yarn (and same shade). i love the color but i did not like the yarn at all. beware pillage!

  14. stacey on May 3rd, 2007

    I think it looks great – I agree and do like it open better – maybe a re-block not so aggressively will help? The color is so pretty (navy?????) and the length of the sleeves seems just right – not a length I think of often!

  15. joy on May 3rd, 2007

    very very nice – i love the color!

  16. Jeni on July 4th, 2007

    Your cardigan looks great on you, seriously! I was thinking of making this sweater and found your project on Ravelry. Thanks for documenting what you did and your opinions of the outcome so well. I never would have thought to use short rows for the bust, but now I think it would fit way better if I did.

    Don’t you just