ruffled cardigan

Burdastyle 1-2012-106 Ruffled cardigan

My family game is pinochle.  I grew up playing it with my great-grandma and her sisters and uncles and aunts and my older cousins and my parents.  It’s so ingrained that the whole process is automatic, but once in a while someone will miss a bid or play the wrong suit or forget that it’s their turn.  We started referring to that as taking a short nap.  And boy have I had a few short naps on this sweater.

I knew that this tie waist sweater was going to take some hand sewing of the ruffles to finish, but I wasn’t prepared for having to do so not once, not twice, but three times.  Mostly I blame Burda and the lack of clarity in the directions.  The first time I misread where I needed to gather the strips, the second time, it was totally Burda.

The directions tell you to gather in the middle (clear enough from the picture–not sure how I missed that the first time).  Then I realized that you need to sew that gathered middle the 3/8″ from the neck edge.  The first time I gathered the edge of the strip, not the middle and sewed on the gathered edge.  I hand basted and everything, but the ruffles don’t really look like what they look like until you take out the gathering stitches.  Hence why it didn’t work yet again.


ruffled cardigan

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  1. Your sweater looks very cute. I think we allknow about those naps:-)
    And what a great idea with a fitting group. I think I’ll try to start one around here.
    How often do you meet? For how long?
    Tell me more 🙂

  2. I would also like to know more about your fitting group. There is a distinct lack of sewers in my city I think. Trena (Slapdash Sewist) and Renee (Miss Celie’s Pants) also have a pod cast. They mostly talk about Burda issues. I listen to them on long road trips—the time flies. Thanks for the recommend, and great sweater!

  3. What a cute sweater! I hate those little “naps,” but character is pushing through and doing it right the second (or third) time. My dad’s family’s game was pinochle, but sadly we moved away and then my grandparents passed away before I was old enough to join the game.

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