Twenty years ago when I was doing my "Grand Tour" based in the UK, my Nanna made me this stunning cardigan. I lived in London and Nanna lived down near Brighton, so on weekends I would go down and get some Nanna love. We would go day tripping with my Aunt, to all sorts of lovely places. One day trip we went to a wool store, Nanna said to choose a pattern and wool colours and that she would make it for my birthday - fantastic!
I love this pattern, the colours, the texture.. I absolutely love this cardigan. Nanna's skill and talent blows me away every time I see it, but I have never really worn it. It has always been an unflattering fit and never been comfortable. This is not my Nanas doing, I remember her saying at the time it wasn't really the right shape but as I wasn't available at the time for fittings she just followed the pattern.
Never the less I have always loved it, I have taken it all around the world with me, moved it from house to house and would never part with it. I would however love to wear it! So I decided to reshape it but I was so worried that I would ruin it, would it be sacrilegious to cut it? After much deliberation I decided Nanna would be much happier if I was actually wearing it than just appreciating it in my draw.
|The Arms are slightly too short and shaped like Bat Wings.|
The length is too long for a cardigan & too short for a jacket.
|The neckline in very high and it looks dreadful buttoned up.|
|What were we thinking with those buttons!!!|
|The stitch work is amazing, my Nanna was so talented.|
|I gave it a good Soak treatment. |
Then as soon as it was dry pinned it to shape, cut out
the excess knit and re-sewed the seems.
|I removed the buttons completely, took in the arms and reshaped |
the neckline into more of a V.
The neck still isn't perfect but with a scarf you can't tell.
The length doesn't seem to matter now.
|I delighted with the outcome and so relieved I didn't wreck the whole thing! |
I love it now and I wear it all the time.