The Leslie cardiganFriday, June 19, 2009
I've had a long love affair with a classic 60's menswear staple - the suede cardigan. That said, the combo of fake suede and acrylic doesn't excite me much. And the real deal requires regular visits to the dry cleaner. So I wanted a version that was less of a retro novelty and more something that I'd want to wear today. So instead of faux suede I have used a soft midwale corduroy and thick high quality cotton/lycra rib. Also I made the cardigan more fitted. And named it Leslie in the process. I love gender neutral names, we hardly have any of those in the Swedish language. Almost all girl names end with an -a and most boy names end with a consonant.
The basis of the pattern is my semi fitted knit block. I only had to make a few minor adjustments to make it work with the corduroy front (like adding some ease in the front and taking away some from the back).