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Friday, September 27, 2013

Round #2: Cardi vs. Henley

Today going head-to-head we have a v-neck cardigan and a scoop neck Henley sweater:

Both of these sweaters are worked at the same gauge, 18 stitches over 4".  I generally prefer to use a lighter weight yarn for sweaters, because the thicker the yarn, the thicker the body underneath appears to be.  The brown sweater is 100% wool, while the gray is 48% cotton, 46% modal and 6% silk.  If you look at the bottom of the sleeve, I think it's apparent how much more drape the gray sweater has.  Generally that is a good thing, because draped fabric will tend to reveal more of the body underneath and have a slimmer line.

However . . . more prominent here for me are the design lines.  The brown cardi had dramatic buttons which continue the strong vertical line begun at the v-neck.  The gray pullover has a cute little vertical line of buttons, but the vast majority of the body of the sweater is boring expanse of stockinette stitch.

So the winner is:  brown cardi!

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