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Today we welcome Merri Fromm to the blog to share her thoughts on creating the Primp cardigan!

 

 My idea was to create that design unicorn that all knitwear designers talk about: the sweater you wear every day, all day. Over your jammies to feed the cats in the morning, with your jeans to go to the market, with a cute dress to meet friends for dinner.

My perfect every day all day sweater would be a cardigan, in a cheerful color (to combat those grey winter days), lace (because I want warmth, but no too much), and with a little retro vibe (but not so retro as to be in those killer tight shapes with little ease—because hips).

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I also want it worked in pieces to give the garment structure and I like the simplicity of knitting one piece at a time.

 

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My first knitting of Primp was for me. Like many women, I am not  size 8 and model thin–more typically a size Large. I have a 42 inch bust, but relatively small shoulders. I made size 45 up to the armholes and then switched to size 41. I knew the V-neck will accommodate my bust. I also added an extra 7 rows (about an inch) to the body because I know that’s where my hip is–I’m an inch longer in my torso than the standardized measurements.

 

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I also wanted a more affordable yarn choice: my version is Cascade 220 Heathers, in Lake Chelan Heather (9451), the yarn and gauge matched beautifully.

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Please check out the entire Twist Collective July issue. Its a beautiful issue with lots of great designs!

 

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