The cute but impractical knitted coat

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Since some weeks we are having weather which promises spring on one day and winter the next (its called April weather in Germany, and it seems nobody likes April... :-D).

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My fingers are itching to plant and enjoy the garden and I am more than happy to finally start wearing less thick clothes.

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I hate how heavy the coats are on my shoulders and after a longer walk I always have a hurting neck and shoulders. I long for weather were a thin jacket or a knitted cardigan is sufficient to keep me warm.

So, this was the connecting passage so that I can write about my new knitted cardigan… did it work?
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For longer now I noticed that the super short ones and the very long ones of my knitted cardigans get the most wear. Perhaps this is because I often wear skirts and like to put a coat like cardigan on so that my legs are a bit warmer. Or the more interesting explanation could be that I like the drama, the extremes: the very short or super long. And to cater to this dramatic preference I last year planned to knit more coat like cardigans. And its not only the length I love, but also the width. I love huuuuuge cardigans. Remember this crochet cardigan?

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It is more a blanket or even a tent, but I love it. So, my next cardigan should also be this huge and at best have an egg-shaped fit. Soon (LIEEEEE... I reserched ravelry for days) I found a pattern from Lang Yarns and a lovely yarn in the -ahem- supermarket and started. Honestly the color of this yarn is amazing, from afar it looks like a dark beige but in reality it consist of a mass of multicoloured speckles on a white base, sadly it’s completely acrylic, not nice for the environment, but ok for the budget. I knitted this for several month and gave you some updates on the progress.

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But I hid, that I am already finished with it. Tada!!! I really finished. But as always there is a “but”. Remember my introduction with the weather? It is still too cold or wet to only wear a knitted cardigan without a coat. Should not be a problem you say, but my dear needleworkers, it is. The cardigan pattern I have chosen has exactly the features I love most: oversized, egg shaped and sleeves which are formed by the body of the sweater (kind of dolman like). And exactly this kind of cardigan does not fit beneath any of my coats, it is much too wide at the sleeves and under the arms. CRYYYYYYY! This is so annoying. I have finished something and cannot wear it. AHHHHHH.

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Now I am fearing this cute sweater is at a hole so impractical, that there is never the right weather to wear it: too thick and wooly if its warm enough to go out without a coat and too voluminous to wear it with a coat, if it’s cold.

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My answer to this dilemma: I started a new long cardigan, but this time with a smaller sleeve and less volume. I even have a left-over ball of the lovely variegated yarn left over…. Am I not extremely clever? (Please, don’t tell me otherwise :-D)

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I love a big, cozy sweater in the winter--or sometimes in the summer if an office has the air conditioning turned too low. !BEER

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I love them too, although here offices have seldom (read: never) air conditioning. But I really have to think about this cardigan, I guess I should knit some cuffs, so that it is more suitable for cold evenings (without an additional coat)

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Hello!! Awesome job as always.... I really love them all!!!
I believe if you add a big (or long) sorry I am not sure which is the right... but that reaches the wrist... maybe will change the whole way the sweeter looks...
Just saying...
Kiss and hugs... thank for share

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Thank you so much for the compliments <3 <3 and your enthusiasm!!! You are so right, the original pattern has cuffs for the sweater but I thought it looked nicer without them. But now I will rethink this (and look if I can buy some more of this yarn)

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What a frustration about the cardigan, surely you can wear it in a cool environment and be able to show it off. It is very beautiful. The pattern of the new cardigan is beautiful. I love cardigans too, I find them so elegant and warm. Greetings.

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Thank you so much for this lovely compliment. I so hope that I can find a way to wear this cardigan soon. And with the new cardigan... sigh... I have not enough of the pink yarn and it is discontinued (I fear, I am really not good in planning my projects 😱 😆)

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You made it! It's not impractical. You can wear it at home or in spring/autumn :) :) I really like the color mix.

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Thank youuuuu and I will try to get wear out of it as I also love the yarn and find it annoying to knit something I cannot use. But (oh groan) I already made a mistake with the new one (not sure if you see my insta stories) I do not have enough of the pink/beige yarn for the cuffs and I only noticed it at the second front.... ahhhhhhhh

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I had a shirt that looked like this: it said "bat sleeves" and it was just as you described it. Not enough for a cold day but too much for a hot day. Eventually I ended up giving it away because I knew I was never going to use it.

No way to lengthen the sleeves? Maybe so you can use it on a cold day without a coat on top but that your wrists are covered.

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Yep, that's it, the bat wing, this term was missing me. And so annoying, I still love this bat wing style, but it is so impractical.
And with the sleeves: you directly saw to the core of the problem. Originally the pattern has long ribbed cuffs, but I somehow thought the cardigan looked better without (that's the reason why I had on ball of yarn left over... I did not knit the cuffs). But now I also think, I should not have changed the design, sadly I already used the yarn for the new cardigan.... I guess I should start to plan my projects better 😱🤣

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Love the color! It'll be great if it's a 100% merino wool. Very excellent quality base layers help with wearing thinner and lighter outer coats in winter. I dress as if I'm going to scale the Mount Everest 🤣

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So right... but real wool is so expensive. I know the price is justified but nevertheless, such a long cardigan would be too expensive for my budget. And as I love to knit, I have to make do with a bit cheaper yarn.
(Now I dream of/need a photo of your "Mount Everest" out fit 🤣😘😘)

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Jippieeeee and thank you so much for supporting my post (and knitting addiction 🤣)

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this is familiar to me, my dear! I was knitting a thick coat without buttons and my friend asked me: when do you want to wear this? thick, warm, but under the belt without buttons😄 but I really like your cardigan !!! I'm sure you will definitely wear it 😉😀

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Helloooooooo, so long I did not heard something of you. I was afraid you are not well!(which could have happened easily in this pandemic) So nice to have you back. I several times pondered to try to write you on discord, but I am not sure if you have an account and under which name.
And yes, the buttons are another thing... I like sweater constructions without buttons, which are hanging loosely on the body, but in winter they are also not too practical.

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you are very kind! thanks for remembering me !!! 😘all is well with us. but we moved from the center of the country to the very south - a lot of changes. yes, the pandemic is very sad. I'm glad that everything is fine with you too 😀

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