My January Make - the Mary Mead Cardigan by Andi Satterlund
I love tweed yarn! I knew it before and I definitely know it now after having finished my Mary Mead cardigan by Andi Satterlund, which also happens to be my first ever garment knit from tweed yarn. Better late than never!
My Mary Mead is a part of my smarter capsule and if you have read my other blog posts, especially the one where I talk about my first capsule wardrobe and the realization of needing a smarter capsule on top of my very casual one, you will know that I started planning the smart capsule last fall. The smart capsule, or at least some pieces of it, were supposed to be completed for the Fall/Winter season and, therefore, I chose a lot of wool as material for the capsule garments. The yarn I used for my Mary Mead had been waiting in my stash for the perfect project for many years before my plans for the capsule, and when I decided that I was aiming for a bit of rustic and vintage-y look for my smart capsule, I knew I had to, finally, use the yarn.
I can remember that upon buying the yarn I had an idea of using it for a cropped cardigan. For my body type, accentuating the waist allows me to look my size rather than looking bigger than I am which is what happens if my clothes don’t have any waist definition whatsoever. That’s why I knew I wanted to have a cropped cardigan in the capsule to go with high-waisted bottoms. There is quite a lot I could talk about how I planned the smart capsule, so I think I will save that to another blog post. For now, let’s concentrate on the cardigan.
So, the yarn I used for the Mary Mead is Rowan Felted Tweed DK in colorway 150 ‘Rage’. Reds are difficult to photograph, at least for me, and so I think the color doesn’t show exactly as it is in person. I would describe ‘Rage’ as a cool wine-red which, by the way, isn’t the best color for me – this I learned when I had my colors done in January. More on that in another blog post. Anyway, I digress. :D Back to the cardi.
I started knitting the Mary Mead in October a few days before I attended a knit night here in Vantaa. I remember knitting on the back of the cardigan there and thinking that I could probably have the cardigan ready to be worn for the next monthly knit night in November.
Well, I did try hard, but I only had the body done and had started on the first sleeve by the next knit night. However, it didn’t really bother me as I was liking how the fabric looked and could tell that the finished object would look good. But still, at the back of my head, I knew I probably wasn’t going to get much wear out of it before it was time to pack away all the Fall/Winter garments and make way to Spring garments in my wardrobe, and I was also really tempted to start knitting on the other cardigan I had planned to include in the smart capsule.
But I knit on the Mary Mead monogamously and finished it in January, well, minus the buttons. When I was still knitting the cardigan, I was positive that I had some coconut buttons in a shade that matches the color of the cardigan, but they were nowhere to be found. Luckily, when I visited my old workplace (a craft distributor and yarn store in Helsinki) later that same month, I found some coconut buttons for the cardigan. There were none of the wine-red ones but I discovered these glossy brown ones and it’s actually very likely that the brown one go better with the cardigan than the other ones would have.
I am very happy with my Mary Mead! I love the cropped length, the simple texture and, of course, the yarn that so long had to wait for the right pattern and moment to be knit up. I knit size M and I think I made the right decision in choosing that size. For reference, my bust is 98 cm/ 38.5 in, and size M with its 93 cm/ 36.5 in bust has just the amount of negative ease called for in the pattern.
If there’s one thing I’m not completely satisfied with, it would have to be the shoulders. I feel the cardigan fits very well in other places, but the shoulders are a bit too wide and result in a drop shoulder look. It seems that the fit of the sample is very similar in the pictures accompanying the pattern, but I hadn’t paid attention to it before finishing my cardigan. I would prefer to have the shoulder line end where my shoulders end but, I’m not too let down by how they actually fit. What’s more important is that the overall look of the cardigan is great and I think that the Mary Mead cardigan is a very good addition to my smart capsule!
Do you make garments for the season at hand or are you prepared well in advance, knitting and sewing for an upcoming season? Leave a comment, I’d love to hear from you!