In 2016 I took a course at Metropolitan Machine Knitting, Cheshire (now sadly closed due to ill health). This course was with a superb visiting Designer from Perth, Australia called Tony Bennett who runs Domani Knits (1).
As the week progressed we were encouraged to take one of his Designs and work it our way, aiming to complete the garment during the week. I chose to make a cardigan with a lace front and some lace at the base of the sleeves. To me, Tony is into detail, his garments have great finesse.
I loved how professional looking this cardigan turned out to be and I have received many lovely comments about it and have shown people how to do some of the details.
However, the cardigan has always bothered me on the shoulders. The cardigan needs a layer under it, eg a fine jersey top. The jersey top was visible where the back met the front at the inner shoulder. I have worn it with a fine polo neck and that didn’t feel quite right to me either - polo knit and lace over it was not my best look.
I have spent some time thinking what I could do to improve it.
This is the before look:
What could I put in the gap? I needed a little triangle. So I mulled this over and decided to knit just that a little triangle. But wouldn’t it be better if it was one of the lace triangles, like at the bottom of the sleeve.
Knitting this was tricky, working out the stitch width, making sure the tension was right and manipulating the stitches when there were so few.
This is the result.
I am more than pleased with it and now the cardigan has a new lease of life, just ready for the spring weather.
(Apologies for the change of colour, the first picture is the best representation!)
- Tony’s web site is https://dormani-yarns.com