Welcome to another episode of Wearability Wednesday, in which I take a look at a previously knitted garment and reflect on its wearability. Does it get worn or is it stuck in a drawer? If the former, how does it get styled? Has it held up? Was the yarn the right choice? Would I knit it again? Today, I look at Vodka Lemonade, a cardigan pattern by Thea Coleman.
I finished this in August 2020, and wrote about the completed garment in this post. I knit it for Leah, but as she was in Vancouver, I grabbed some quick photos of myself wearing it for that blog post, and then put it in the mail. This is the first time I have managed to get photos of it on Leah, for which I am very happy.
I picked this pattern specifically to wear with dresses. Leah has lots of cute dresses and tends to wear them. I wanted something that was stylish but simple. It had to be relatively cropped because that looks best with a dress. I wanted it to be hard-wearing and easy to style.
I picked yellow because it makes you feel happy. (And it just happened to match a lot of her dresses.)
One of the great features of this dress is that it is knitted in one piece with all of the finishing done as you go along, so once you’ve finished knitting, it’s ready to wear! No button bands to pick up, or buttons to sew in, no collar to attach, just sew in a few threads and voila! I also like the fact that the lapels can fold over nicely, or not, because the pattern on them is reversible.
I also really like the 50s vibe I get from this pattern. It is fun to style, and looks really good on a shapely body.
You can see here that after two years and some washing, the cardigan still looks great. I used John Arbon Knit by Numbers DK in the shade 19-385. It’s a 100% merino wool.
It was my first time using this yarn, and it was really nice to handle. Seeing it now, I am even more impressed. It looks like new, with no pilling! I would highly recommend both yarn and pattern!
I took these photos just last week, some in Henley-on-Thames, and a few at The Ashmolean in Oxford. It was gorgeous and sunny then, and now it is grey and rainy. But a yellow cardigan always brings out the sun!
Looks terrific! Great photoshoot, too.
Thanks so much, I always appreciate your Wearability Wednesdays and one of them saved me from investing time in a particular pattern I’d been considering. Great photoshoot, lots of appeal for this amateur archaeology- ancient history fan. That’s quite a plug for the yarn, a soft merino that hasn’t pilled. Looks so good on your daughter and her dresses.
I love the idea of this series! I know I have some pieces that I wear ALL THE TIME and others that I’m just not sure how to wear/style it. Brilliant
Thanks! If you click on the Wearability Wednesday tag, you can see the other posts in this series. I’ve been writing them since 2011. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading the post!
That is a gorgeous cardigan and it looks great on your daughter! It really has worn very well – that’s impressive durability. I love it with her sunny citrusy outfit!
So happy to see a wearability Wednesday, and yarn comments!