I blocked the garter rib cardigan on Monday, and woke up Tuesday morning to find that it was completely dry – so of course, I wore it, despite the fact that I hadn’t had time to sew the buttons on yet. It worked just fine buttonless, but it’s even better with buttons:
I’m a bit undecided about pockets, now. I had originally planned on patch pockets, but I really like the look and fit of the cardigan without them. I think that because I have such a relatively short torso, pockets would end up just looking bulky given where they’d hit; had I planned to knit a cardigan that hit at the lowest part of my hip, I could see pockets working well (for me – I don’t mind “emphasizing” my hips since they’re on the narrow side), but I think I don’t really want to put pockets right on my tummy. Either way, I’ll still including directions for them in the pattern/tutorial, since the whole idea is that the cardigan is customizable in length and overall fit.
I’m also considering elbow patches, just because I adore the idea of elbow patches, especially on a sweater like this one, and I do put some serious wear-and-tear on the elbows of my sweaters. I’m unsure what material to use, though, and my sewing skills are pretty rudimentary. I know I’d need to figure out a way to get a nice clean edge, so I’m trying to think of things that wouldn’t unravel when cut – a thin wool felt? fleece? I’m definitely open to input, here!
I’m not considering this project an FO just yet – there’s still a pattern/tutorial to finish, and a few more decisions to make on the finishing. But I’m happy to be able to wear it! It’s exactly what I wanted – a basic, versatile, polished but still cozy cardigan that I can wear with the vast majority of the outfits I teach in. Perfect!