What are you supposed to do on a very grey, dreary, drizzly Saturday? Well, what we did on this very grey, dreary, drizzly Saturday was to visit the thrift shop. They were having a half off special on jackets and sweaters. This was a steal at a mere $3.00. That's less than most commercial sweater patterns cost.
When I saw the sweaters on the rack, and knowing that they were 50% off the tagged prices, I started thinking, "Wow, maybe I could score a sweater super cheap and experiment with reclaiming the yarn." This sweater called my name from the hanger, so I flipped it open to check the nature of its seams.
Good seams for reclaiming yarn are ones that look like the kind we all sew when we make up a sweater. If you unravel it, you get one, long continuous piece of yarn.
Bad seams look like the serged edge of a piece of fabric. That's because they are: the pieces are cut from a larger piece of knitting and then sewn together. The cutting means that each row would yield a separate piece of yard-long yarn.
This sweater has good seams. I held it up, estimating its size. It looked to be my size, so I figured that I would be able to reclaim enough yarn to make it worth my while. Three bucks for a whole, entire sweater's worth of yarn? I dare you to beat that. I double dog dare ya!
I considered the sweater a little longer. It looked quite nice. It was soft. I liked the oatmeal color of it. It looked like it was about my size. I've never owned a zippered cardigan but, oh, heck, why not? I tried it on.
It fit like it was knit especially for me. Another thrift shop customer even said so.
I turned from side to side in front of the mirror, admiring the curvature of the arm scythes and the shaping of the collar. I examined the way the zipper was installed...
Now that the sweater is home and washed and dried, I have evaluated some of its vital statistics.
- The gauge is 19 stitches and 32 rows in 4".
- There are 20 rows of 2x2 ribbing.
- It measures 20¼" across the back.
- There are 96 stitches across the back, above the ribbing.
- The back is knit even for 86 rows before the armholes begin to be shaped.
- There are 82 stitches at the shoulder bind off.
- Each front panel has 50 stitches, including the zipper band, above the ribbing.
- The sleeves have 36 stitches above the ribbing and increase every five rounds until there are 64 stitches.
- The sleeves measure 15" long when they join the body.
- The zipper is 23", stem to stern.
I bet it would.
Wouldn't this sweater look great in hunter green? Or a bold red?