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I Just Don’t Know…

Oh, I just don’t know.

I’m torn.

I am nearly finished with my Dark and Stormy Cardigan.

I have shoved aside all other projects (I still love you, Other Projects, and shall return to complete you in due time!) to finish this one.

Fall is here. In fact, we’re covered in SNOW and it’s cold. Understatement. I am ready to make fall accessories. Hats. Mittens. Scarves.

This sweater must be completed.


It’s meant to have a shawl collar and I just don’t know if I’m into that anymore.

Here is what it’s “supposed” to look like:

dark and stormy cardigan pattern


•It’s going to take an extra day or two of fairly focused knitting to do it. 3 or 4 days of “lazy” knitting.

•The previous sweater I made had a shawl collar so do I really need two sweaters with shawl collars? (Okay, admittedly, that’s a dumb reason. I could never have too many.)

•When you’re done you’re done and even finishing up these sleeves is boring me to ever-loving tears.

•Without the shawl collar, it’d be an awesome little cardigan to slip over most anything and wear a big, scrunchy cowl with.

•It feels more feminine… softer, somehow, without the big collar and front ribbing.


Oh Shoooooot. I just don’t know.

Do, DO let me know your thoughts… What do you think?

Should I do the collar/front ribbing? Or none and just leave it as is?

Oh, brilliant knitters and crocheters… hear my plea! Declare your wisdom and truth so mine eyes can see!

Okay. ‘Nuff said. I’m off to dye up scads of fall-inspired yarn colors. Wee!!

Let me know your thoughts on my sweater!





By | 2017-09-04T14:05:03+00:00 September 23rd, 2013|Knitting, Sweaters|241 Comments


  1. Danielle September 23, 2013 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    I say give it a lighter collar the shawl collar looks like it drowns the details that line the front.

    • Linda September 25, 2013 at 2:46 am - Reply

      No collar, anyway not the big one. Don’t care for it at all!

    • Wilhelmina September 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

      Chani the sweater is beautiful in its self, a simple collar is all it needs.you might want to look at some really nice buttons , perhaps a soft silver to make this a really elegant sweater

  2. Ida C September 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Actually Chandi, I would go with a small amount 1″ or so of ribbing on the front and around the neck. Then like you said, you could wear it over anything and add a lovely cowl and it would look fabulous. That’s my 2 cents, for what it’s worth! Lovely sweater either way.

    • Lynne W September 25, 2013 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Before I even saw Ida’s response, that is exactly what I was going to suggest. This way the sweater is very versatile and can be worn numerous ways.

    • Jo September 26, 2013 at 3:59 am - Reply

      I agree!

  3. Mary Heavrin September 23, 2013 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    I like it as a cardi. They are so versatile.

  4. Sandra Krichbaum September 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    My thoughts: I like shawl collars but not enough to make two sweaters that way. Besides I think the big collar takes away from the lovely detail of the pattern. I’d go plain collar and change it up with add the cowl(s) of your choice.

  5. Penny September 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    I know how you feel but the collar is a beautiful piece of the sweater. Keep knitting. The other projects will wait!

  6. Pam September 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    If you don’t want the collar in the pattern, you could finish the front with a simple ribbing (for a finished look) and a simple peter pan collar.

  7. Rebecca Weikert September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I like the shawl collar but it would look great as a regular cardigan. I would go with the regular cardigan. Good Luck. I must get back to my knitting soon I am making my daughter a sweater for Christmas.

  8. Joanne Black September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I like the shawl collar.

  9. Briana M September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I say leave it off!!!
    From the sounds of it you’ve mostly made up your mind already anyway 🙂 And I agree, it will look adorable without the big shawl collar too! Finishing it up earlier is always a plus too.
    Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  10. Justine Arrasate Lloyd September 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm - Reply

    I love the shawl collar look and you could still wear different color turtle necks under it with cute thin little scarves! You could make a “multi-color” thin lace scarf with the same color theme as the sweater! AWESOME!

  11. sandina wagner September 23, 2013 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    i think the shawl collar and the ribbing make it look more romantic and comfortable, than without. Looking at the pattern picture makes me want to grab a hot cider or some mead, sit with a good book with some comfy wool socks and relax on the couch. snuggly…

  12. Donna Collins September 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I would finish the sleeves and just do a ribbed collar to match the sweater and sleeve hems. That would make it less bulky. I love the color, by the way!!

  13. Leslie Jones September 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Chandi, follow your heart. It sounds like you’d be OK with the completed-by-pattern version, but you really like the lighter option. Plus, if you’re bored to tears “finishing” it, stop while you still love the basic idea and the yarn enough to really enjoy the end result. My two cents. 🙂

  14. Melinda Manley September 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I think it looks adorable just the way it is!

  15. Anna September 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm - Reply

    How about making it into a hood?

  16. Claudia September 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Hmmm. You could finish the sweater up as it is in the pattern. Or (depending on the fit) make a narrower band around the front and neck.

  17. Amber Turton September 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Normally I LOVE shawl collars….but I like them more on pullover sweaters rather than a button up one like this one. What would you do in place of it?? I am all about the accessories as well, so I say go for it and leave the collar off! I think it would be a lot more versatile that way.

    I am primarily a crocheter….but seeing all your beautiful work is inspiring me to pick up my knitting needles again! Good luck with this one, can’t wait to see how it turns out!

  18. Wanda Palinkas September 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Well that is the problem with knitting sweaters! – the damn sleeves are soooooo boring and go on forever!!!

    The shawl collar looks great and will kind of limit the use of the sweater to the colder days. If you leave it as is (though you do need to finish it off with a little something like 6 rows of ribbing), you will have a sweater that can be worn on cool days and cold days with a cowl, as you say, or a nice polo neck.

    I am leaning to leaving as is!!!

    Can’t wait to see it done!

  19. Monica September 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    You could maybe do an inch of ribbing for the front and collar to give it that finished touch. Then make a bad-ass contrasting cowl to go with it. Best of both worlds!

  20. Martha Beard September 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Looking beautiful, and the shawl collar would certainly be a lovely finish. But… the little cardigan with a scrunchy cowl, in a coordinating or contrasting color would be beautiful, maybe one of the variegated yarns that picks up your main color, or a heathery yarn to coordinate?

  21. Kathleen September 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Well two of everything is not a bad thing. On the otherhand, you could just finish it off with a smaller collar, but then that front ribbing….hmmmm…and see how it looks before cutting that fiber end. Don’t know, how would you adjust the closure in the front? Anyway, nice color, but your poor little mittens and warm cozy things must be feeling neglected now….

  22. Leanne Kitterman September 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    It will be beautiful either way. Finish the sleeves. Anytime I feel like this I set my project aside and finish another one. Then when I go back to it, if is still don’t want to do the extra work I change the plans and make it how I want. A small dainty collor with a cute belt to finish it off would be cute… it is a beautiful finished sweater with the big collar and front ribbing but noone said it has to be exactly the same.

  23. Mandy September 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I would do the ribbing but change it to a button band collar combo. Shawl collars make it look dated.

  24. Diane September 23, 2013 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    how about instead of a shawl collar, do a collar that is as big/wide as the button band? 🙂

  25. Patt September 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    I say it will be adorable without the collar. I think it looks to chunky with it.

  26. Carrie Cassidy September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I would go with a smaller collar and smaller buttons too and a shorter rib on the cuffs and make it into a cute little cardi to wear with a cami. I think the collar in the original pattern takes away from the cable work. The color also seems more suitable for cute cardi.
    I am in a similar dilemma now (without a pattern) and have decided to go with a 3/4 sleeve instead of full length and downsizing the collar so I can get started on making some cute little fingerless mitts for my daughter and other fall accessories.

  27. Kim Sheffield September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    What about a smaller collar made with something soft and fluffy like Angora or Mink? I have Angora fiber and Trendsetter Lotus has mink, even in colors!

  28. Kim White September 23, 2013 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    I love it just the way it is

  29. Faith Hazen September 23, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    Weeeelllll. Its kinda a duel edged sword. On one side if you finish it completely you will feel accomplished that you push through the boredom (omg I so get it). On the other hand if you finish it more simply you still have a finished sweater and can then immediately start on a new project! And honestly I would be torn as well but I am stubborn and I force myself to finish things so I would finish it just because. lol prob not much help I know! It is a beautiful sweater!

  30. heather September 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    I like it w/out the collar, but I am not so much into the collar…. I like the idea of a matching cowl, that way you can change it up. Wear it with a cozy cowl or on it’s own. 🙂

  31. Ellin Daum September 23, 2013 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    Make one or your really neat finishes and do without the shawl collar. That way your sweater will never go out of style!

  32. Becky September 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I like the shawl collar but you could turn it into a hoodie. I think that would be cool.

  33. Sheryl Duden September 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    I like the way it looks now. Maybe just a simple finished edge and call it good.

  34. Kacy Nichols September 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I think leave it as is and pair it with a big scrunchy cowl.

  35. carrie September 23, 2013 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Nix the collar 🙂 I think

  36. Jac Zifos September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I’m not a fan of shawl collars so…I vote, leave it be! Just add some buttons to the front. Maybe crochet a picot edge to the neckline to finish it off 🙂 Hope you finish it soon but I know how hard it is! I have too many “current” projects to keep up with and there is always something new and exciting to knit!

  37. Sharon M September 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    It’s pretty either way. I like the shawl collar but understand completely when you want something Done. That being said I think you can see the cables better without the collar. So…..?

  38. Denise September 23, 2013 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Its beautiful. I can’t believe you have snow already… burr… ! I would do the shawl collar as its more material to keep you warm and comfy. You can pull it up and in so it covers your chest when its cold or windy… more protection, yet its still feminine and sexy. I say go for it! I can’t believe how fast you get this stuff done! You are a total knit -aholic! I thought you liked crochet better? LOL

  39. Bonnie September 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I say put it out of sight for a day or two, no matter how much you want to finish it, and look at it with fresh eyes in a few days. Do what’s best for the sweater – you’ve already put so much time into it, why rush it now?

  40. angela timbers September 23, 2013 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    I say do it all the way.It’s nice as is, but I get wonderful comments all the time with the collar and ribbing. The extra touch makes a difference!

  41. BONITA HUSS September 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I have a sweater made in Ireland given to me by my cousin Helen. It is similar to yours and has a turned over ribbed collar. I wear it as a jacket..sort of looks like a baseball jacket only knit in a beautiful teal blue color.

  42. Dianne September 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    If you can pair it up with a nice, big, comfy cowl, don’t do the shawl collar. It’s more variety that way. 🙂

  43. drawlee September 23, 2013 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    it why don’t you make a scarf. It can be wrapped around the neck or draped

  44. Carol-Dawn September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I lean towards putting a collar on, it would look finished. I would love to do
    One for myself, where would I get the pattern, what kind of yarn did you use

  45. Jo September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I love this pattern, had not seen the whole thing before. So, I am for the shawl collar, the color will look great against you skin and it will be like putting on a hug. I have several Irish style sweaters with this type of collar and when it’s nippy outside, they are perfect.

    Yes, you are cute as can be with your cowls and that would work as well but just feel that the collar finishes this sweater.

  46. Lisa T September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I like it as is! No shawl collar, no front ribbing. Just finish the sleeves and call it a win!!

  47. Penny Reese September 23, 2013 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    I would go with no shawl collar and dye something for the perfect cowl/infinity scarf to go with it.

  48. Debbie September 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    You don’t need the shawl collar. Leave it as is or maybe a small edge stitch to finish it off. It would be lovely with a scrunchy cowl!

  49. Helen September 23, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Layering it KING! And cowls are so sweet to knit up. Ditch the collar 😉

  50. Sheena Mowery September 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Too many choices. I love the sweater which is way over my head. I love the color too!

  51. Michele September 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I really like the shawl collar, but that being said, I think this color would be an awesome cardigan! Like you said, you can wear a scrunchie cowl, right? Then you’ll have a sweater that can be worn for spring too!

  52. Kimi September 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    leave off the collar.

  53. Charyn September 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Love love love it without collar

  54. Ginny September 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    I know what you’re dilema is!! You now have a loom and you just can’t get enough of it. You know you have to finish the sweater and you’re looking for a quicker way to do that so you can get back to weaving. Been there, done that, have all the unfinished projects to prove it. ;). It will look wonderful with whatever collar you use, doesn’t have to be exactly like the picture, Be Creative! which is what my grandma used to tell me.

    BTW are you needing to use a warping mill with your new flip loom?

  55. Evonne September 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    I’d like to say cardigan would be nice, and always in style!
    You could still then make several accessories.
    I do love the shawl collars as well!

  56. Mandy Jo September 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I love the shawl collar, therefore I am having a hard time imagining it done any other way, and, often, I have to see something worn to determine how I really like it. So….I say….finish the sleeves, put it on and see how you like it without the shawl collar. If you think it looks good, *then* finish the collar/neck area. It is beautiful so far! Great work!

  57. Carol Ball September 23, 2013 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    I wouldn’t do the shawl collar…I think it detracts from the design. And, you look like you are pretty tiny and I think the shawl collar will overwhelm you.

  58. Swapna September 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Original is great w the shawl collar. But yours is a feminine color. Leave the collar off and do some feminine edging and pretty , vintage buttons instead!

  59. Jan Saysette Wood September 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm - Reply

    Can you just put a small cabled collar on it?

  60. Linda Knisley September 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Personally, I would leave off the shawl collar for the very reasons you said above – if you’re wearing a cowl or scarf with this, it would be too bulky around your neck.

    How would this look paired with your Gaptastic Cowl? Would the colors compliment one another? If not, there’s another reason to make another cowl 🙂

    Have a blessed day!

  61. Tara Oman September 23, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    I rather like the shawl collar, but if you want to add a cowl to it, the collar won’t work well – and you certainly want to bundle up in Alaska for the next six months!

    So, I guess my opinion is leave it and do a simple finishing (picot perhaps?) And bundle up!

  62. Tambi September 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I would change the collar/ button band to a regular cardigan, get it done and move on. Like you say, you just made a shawl collar and this one would be nice to wear scarves or cowls with. That’s my 2 cents!!!

  63. Pat Grate September 23, 2013 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    I’d leave the shawl collar off, but finish the sleeves. You’ll love it just as much, and it will become your own creation! Never be afraid to change a pattern to fit your own needs or desires; after all, you will be the one wearing it!

    I enjoy reading your posts. Keep up the good work!


  64. Maria Bryan September 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    I think you should make it unique for yourself! Forego the cowl neck that will take up so much time. I believe that each pattern we use from other’s should be “tweaked” to become our own invention! Happy knitting! (I’m a crochet-aholic!)… xo!

  65. Diane Simons September 23, 2013 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Love you yarn. OK you talked me out of the shawl collar. I like it without

  66. Alicia September 23, 2013 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    I would leave out the collar for a cowl. Your new yellow cowl would look great with the glass shade on your sweater.

  67. Melanie Bearden September 23, 2013 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    I have a couple of sweaters with a shawl collar and love them. I can see this one with a much smaller shawl collar, a small collar or just ribbing. If you want to go off the beaten track, be daring and change the pattern to suit your mood.

  68. Wanda Sandifer September 23, 2013 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Leave shawl collar off…less bulk….

  69. Mona Griffin September 23, 2013 at 4:15 pm - Reply

    I think you’ve answered your own question — you like the little cardigan and you don’t particularly like the shawl collar.

  70. Rev. Kathryn Gorman-Lovelady September 23, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Normally I would say finish it as the pattern-maker intended… However, looking at what you’ve down (and how petite you are), I think you just finish if off without the shawl collar. I surprise myself saying that… You will need to reinforce the collar edge, but that’s easy… My 3 cents worth… Kathryn

  71. Lori Tassin September 23, 2013 at 4:23 pm - Reply

    Here’s my two-cents for what it’s worth.

    It is a cute sweater without the shawl collar. It is more versatile without it as well. And more importantly, life is too short and there are too many wonderful things to knit than to spend time on a project that you are bored with. Finish the sleeves, put a simple collar and band on it and move on. This way it will work for those spring and autumn days when a light sweater is needed and it can be layered for those colder days as well.

    It is a beautiful sweater. Get it finished and show it off.

  72. Cathye Ryane September 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    Leave it as it is. It looks more youthful, like you!

  73. DiAnn September 23, 2013 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    Finish the sleeves, edge it and be done, otherwise you may just put it in the snooze pile.

  74. kathleen apodaca September 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Since the ribbing for the shawl collar would add several inches to the front of the sweater, there will be a gap in the front pieces meeting. This could be a frame for a cowl which is big this year. The shawl collar would give a strong vertical line and make the sweater more casual in appearance.
    Pros and cons come down to how do you see yourself using this sweater?
    There is nothing wrong with making a design choice different the pattern as long as it makes the garment more attractive to you. In other words, how will you wear this garment more?

  75. Lois Blanchard September 23, 2013 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    Go with your gut and change it! You will be happier!

  76. Susan Jarvis September 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of no collar. As you said, then you can pop it over anything. I think that would make it more versatile. If you put the shawl collar on it you won’t wear it as often.

  77. Beth Kelly September 23, 2013 at 4:32 pm - Reply

    How about just a ribbed band (twisted 1 x 1 ribbing). I love the looks of the twisted ribbing on the body. Somehow I feel that your sweater just looks “unfinished” and a one inch (or one-and-a half inch) band would finish it up nicely – plus give you buttons and buttonholes.

    xxx,ooo beth

  78. Darlene Bolyea September 23, 2013 at 4:37 pm - Reply

    I think you should NOT do the shawl collar, will be more versatile without.

  79. linda turner September 23, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    It looks a soft delicate Cardi, in the Blue, Myself, I would turn it in to a V neck Style, Using the same rib Pattern thats on the Welt, Its Lovely, Good Luck with what you Decide 🙂

  80. J Ligotti September 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    Ditch the shawl collar, you are right, it will give you more layering options.

  81. amelia rodriguez September 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm - Reply

    Do something else to clear your mind. The answer will come to you then. I have changed up patterns many times.

  82. renee September 23, 2013 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    hi Chandi – I like it without the shawl. And after reading your note – I think you’re already leaning that way – go with your gut!
    I wish I could knit faster than I do – so many great projects to be cast on!

    have a great day.

  83. Laura B. September 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I say leave them off. I think the sweater will look lovely without them! And you’re ready to move on, so the commitment to make them might mean this project ends up a UFO until next fall.

  84. Janet Baker September 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    That is a really pretty sweater and I see your point about the bulk. I am not a knitter and may have no idea what I’m talking about buuuuut here goes anyway! Could you make a small ribbed collar in the back that stands up just a bit to hug your neck and then taper it down the front so it lays flat and isn’t bulky? I have no idea how this could be accomplished so if it can’t I like your idea to leave it as is. Still drooling over that mocha worsted – going to go look at it…again. Hope you have a cozy day.

  85. kellianne September 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    i vote for doing an edging band all around it, go with the shorter sleeves and add some really cool buttons and loops and start a trend of your own. BTW, your stitches are beautiful.

  86. Jane Kelly September 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm - Reply

    Chandi, I think I would go without that big collar. I feel like you do that you would have many more options with it without that big collar. It is beautiful and I love the color

  87. Susan Larsen September 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    It’s very attractive and feminine as is, without the collar, and with short sleeves! Of course I don’t live where it snows a lot so that’s what I would go for.

  88. Susan Shone September 23, 2013 at 5:06 pm - Reply

    No shawl collar! Like the idea of it being ” more feminine” as you pointed out.

  89. Colleen Baxter September 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Chandi….patterns are just suggestions. We all have our own style and sometimes the project takes on a unique identity and suggests a different path. Take it…do something different. Gracious, you certainly have the eye and the talent to feel comfortable following your gut!

  90. Renee September 23, 2013 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    Cardigan. No shawl collar. Love the way it looks. Even with short sleeves it looks great.

  91. Angela Riley-Blanchard September 23, 2013 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    I’d leave it. You’re right, when you’re done you’re done. Forcing yourself through the motions to finish it the way it is “supposed” to be isn’t necessarily going to make you fall in love with the process again. Once it’s finished, in whatever fashion you choose, you will love it for what it became, regardless of it having a big collar or not. That’s one of my favorite things about yarn work, I can do whatever I want with it!! Don’t like sleeves, change them…don’t like the fit, change it. There are times when you get the gratification of seeing a big project all the way through and marvel at your own determination and focus when the project seems to never end….and then there are times that the instant gratification of finishing a project on your own terms, regardless of what the pattern says to do, makes you feel like a rockstar because you have the skills to make it your own. Can’t wait to see the end product!

  92. Deborah September 23, 2013 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I’m voting to leave the collar off….love the idea of wearing it with a cowl neck for winter….and a simple tee and jeans for spring. The bottom line this is your sweater and enjoy the process. Happy Knitting.

  93. Jacqueline September 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    I would leave off the shawl collar and maybe even do three-quarter length sleeves. Go with your instincts, you will be happier with your project.
    Stay warm!

  94. Julie Burns September 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    I would go without the shawl collar as Danielle said the shawl overwhelms the nice detailed line of pattern down the front. Keep it more feminine, the cardi look offers that.

  95. Melodee September 23, 2013 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    So many comments, I didn’t read them all so hope this isn’t a repeat.

    I think you need a vest. A nice warm layer to wear with everything. No sleeves, no shawl collar, just a beautiful vest with interesting detailing in front. Yep, a vest.

    I recently crocheted a quick and easy sweater, even made the sleeves, and then decided I like it as a vest. The sleeves will be recycled into part of a doggie blanket I’m working on in random moments.

  96. Melodee September 23, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Oops. Bad advice above. ;(

    Okay 3/4 length sleeves, no collar. Still very versatile and lovely.

  97. Sharon Erny September 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Go with your thoughts and be creative.

  98. Susan September 23, 2013 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    You can do both. Finish it plain. Knit a detachable shawl collar that buttons under the permanent. I’m definitely not that ambitious.

  99. Christine Tomasic September 23, 2013 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    Just be done with it Chandi!!! Put a small ribbed collar on it and call it a day……You have mittens to make so you can get outside and shovel all that snow….LOL….Peace and Blessings

  100. Maria September 23, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Your comments suggest to me that you really want this to be a cardi, so cardi it is! I gotta say, I love the shawl collar for me. Makes it more like a little jacket.

  101. Genesis September 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I think you should a little bit of ribbing on the collar just to make it, ya know, sweater. I don’t think you should do the huge collar because 1. you already have one like that and 2. You could wear it with a separate cowl.

  102. Jennifer Reader September 23, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    It sounds like you don’t really want to do the shawl collar, why prolong your misery just for the sake of it?

  103. ann September 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I like it simple, put on the sleeeve and save for next summer.

  104. Sheryl Fisher September 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I love either version but personally am a cardigan girl. I say go for the cardigan.

  105. Phyllis September 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm - Reply

    I’d go with a simple collar. The body of the sweater is beautiful, the color awesome and the collar may take away from the beauty of the body pattern. Also, if you aren’t into another shawl collar and do it, you may never be satisfied with the sweater and that would be sad.

  106. Linda September 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    Forget the collar. Finish it off with a smaller, lighter one so it looks finished. The yarn and pattern look a bit more delicate than what the one in the photo looks like and a big collar would over whelm it. Besides, being able to change up the look works so much better. You can dress it up or down with the right cowl or scarf or wear it on its’ own without having to worry about it.

  107. Gloria Clayton September 23, 2013 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    No collar just ribbing in a thin line and I think 3/4 length sleeves with a thin line of ribbing would be exactly right for this! I have one similar in cream/brown and wear it over long sleeves.

  108. judy September 23, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I say a smaller collar. The shawl hides the work in the front of the sweater.

  109. Tami September 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    So…I guess it would be impossible to mimic the back, joining the two fronts in the process, and do a simple neckline? Then you would have a lovely pullover to add to your sweater collection!! And I should admit- I am not a fan of shawl collars! I think it would detract from the beautiful stitching!:)

  110. Mindy September 23, 2013 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    Leave them off and go for the softer look.

  111. Diane Hunt September 23, 2013 at 7:17 pm - Reply

    Have a nice deep V neck with a small amount of ribbing, or a couple of rows of single crochet around the neck. Close up the front, finish the sleeve and it will be a really cute pull-over made to wear with a beautiful cowl or a wrapped scarf. Would look sweet.

  112. Myrna Pouyatt September 23, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    So you want our opinions, well, you got differing opinions. Don’t know how helpful that is. I think you should do what you personally like. It will be pretty whatever YOU decide to do.

  113. Corey September 23, 2013 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I think with the tiny waist shaping that you have done, the shawl collar will be too massive of a finish. Maybe a simple finish along the front and a stand-up collar similar to the Larch cardigan?

  114. Cleo September 23, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I think it is STUNNING as a cardi. Love this sweater as it is, beautiful front. I like the short sleeves. However you live in ALASKA!!!!
    Whispers in your ears…..leave as a cardi, leave as a cardi……

  115. Ruth September 23, 2013 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    I say go with your gut which seems to be telling you to leave off the shawl collar and make it a lighter version. And personally that’s what I would do. Its too pretty to be overwhelmed by that humongous collar!

  116. Meggan September 23, 2013 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I think you should finish the sleeves, add a smaller 1 inch ribbing on the side, pop on some buttons or something and then be done and move on! If your truly are sick of it, you could also just leave it as is (after adding the other sleeve) and it would look beautiful too.

    Meggan 🙂

  117. Heather September 23, 2013 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Eh, sometimes collars are over-rated. Like you said, you already have one, I also like the idea of wearing a cowl with it and changing up the colors anyway you want depending on your mood. And my final reaso for no collar is, if you are already bored with it sometimes it’s better to just walk away. It’s funny but why attatch ill feelings to such a lovely sweater?? Finish ‘er up, try it on (and take pics so we can see of course), and move on the something new and a little more exciting!!

  118. Grace Campbell September 23, 2013 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Just add a narrower version of the ribbing on the bottom. I like the cardi idea. Y

  119. Mindi September 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    Short sleeves, ribbed, no collar.

  120. ashley l September 23, 2013 at 8:01 pm - Reply

    I say do like a smaller tighter version of that collar, so you can still fold it up to cover the neck but its not a huge part of the project.

  121. Peggy September 23, 2013 at 8:04 pm - Reply

    I love it with the shawl collar, but it would be very cute without it, too. Question is, is it big enough that you can wear it without the extra inches the ribbing would add? I like Ida C’s idea of doing about an inch of the ribbing, which would give you some collar but not a full-blown shawl effect. For me, it depends on how it fits now, and how it would fit with some or all of the trim.

  122. Jennifer September 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    You are tired of it. And you have reasons not to do it then to do it. Finish it so it looks nice then go make a cute, fun cowl to go with it.

  123. Andrinne S. September 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    I tnink just the cardigan without the collar; slight bit of ribbing instead. Then, make a fantabulous cowl to go with it!

  124. Bridget September 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Don’t do the big shawl collar – do something lighter, lovelier that fits your mood…… maybe crochet a small scallop around the collar…

  125. Lynn September 23, 2013 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    If you leave off the collar – there is plenty of room to wear a beautiful cowl or a scarf without it getting “fussy”….just my thought!

  126. Nancy Eriksen September 23, 2013 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    Personally I am not a fan of shawl collars and I think it looks grand as is.

  127. Gabrielle Swain September 23, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    Another opinion…just what you needed Chandi. 🙂 First suggestion is finish the sleeves and see if the shawl actually adds to the design. Being contrary and always wanting to change something about a pattern is my mo. Unless, and this is a big unless, it takes away from the essential elegance of the design.
    I am of a mind that a nice stand up collar that flows into the front edging might do the trick.
    Whatever your decision, it will be perfect for you.

  128. Gabrielle Swain September 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Oh, I don’t know how to post pic to your FB page but I finished and blocked my scarf from Walk on the Beach. Love, love, love it. It is posted on my timeline if you ever have time…teehee. to take a look. Oh and I still have a skein left more fun to come.

  129. F. Castillo September 23, 2013 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Finish it with large collar; you will love the way the yarn feels up against your neck!

  130. mickey September 23, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Zipper up the front

  131. Joan September 23, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I think the sweater will be more wearable with the smaller collar. But you
    know what it is like up in Alaska winter. You can wear a turtle neck under
    either way. It will be beatiful either way.

  132. Susan Knight Dunn September 23, 2013 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    I like it as a cardigan. I don’t think I care for the shawl collar at all.

  133. Cheryl Brake September 24, 2013 at 12:38 am - Reply

    I do believe I’m in the minority here, but I would definitely for the shawl collar. In my mind’s eye it looks incomplete without it.

  134. Lisa Schofield September 24, 2013 at 1:06 am - Reply

    Go with your heart otherwise it will be forever lost in the back of your wardrobe if you aren’t happy with it 🙂

  135. Sharon September 24, 2013 at 2:02 am - Reply

    The shall works with a darker color but it would make the light blue too heavy looking. Maybe overlap v-neck, with ribbing that stands up at the neck.

  136. BEVERLY September 24, 2013 at 2:11 am - Reply

    I love shawl collars but think this would be cute with a regular crew neck. I too like the idea of just throwing it over a tee and having the front fly open. Regardless, it is really pretty.

  137. Rebecca Henry September 24, 2013 at 2:26 am - Reply

    I love shawl collar’s myself but I love my scarves also and the two just don’t work together. The two questions I would ask myself if in your shoes would be:
    Do I reach for the shawl collar cardigan I already have in my closet or do I find myself reaching for something else?
    Will the shawl collar overwhelm my cables?
    It’s difficult to tell in the picture (of the finished cardigan) but the cables along the front are beautiful. Whatever you decide make sure they have the opportunity to shine!

    Good Luck!

  138. Carol Pool September 24, 2013 at 2:31 am - Reply

    Forget the big cowl and go with something lighter. Just a few rows of ribbing would be super and not hide the pattern design.

  139. Teri Palmer September 24, 2013 at 3:28 am - Reply

    I would make it as the pattern shows, it’s beautiful and considering I don’t normally like knit that is saying a lot, lol.

  140. TerryLee September 24, 2013 at 3:29 am - Reply

    I really like the shawl collar, I think that you might regret changing it if you do. It really seems to suit this sweater. I personally would make the shawl collar. Sorry but this is the way that I feel, I am not one to take risks.

    TerryLee Diemert

  141. Karen TW September 24, 2013 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Follow the pattern, it’s beautiful. You’ll be happy you finished it as originally designed. Go for the gusto!

    • Christa Smith September 25, 2013 at 3:21 am - Reply

      Agree with Karen, here.

  142. Lola Anderson September 24, 2013 at 3:50 am - Reply

    Keep it without the collar and make a fly cowl to wear with it.

  143. Christa Smith September 24, 2013 at 5:54 am - Reply

    I like the shawl collar and the collar on the other sweater is a stand up collar so not really a shawl collar. 🙂 I like the shawl collar on this sweater because it totally balances out the rest of the sweater. It will look especially good on you because only folks with small frames and shoulders can pull off a shawl collar. YOu could so wear it with jeans. Having said that, though, I am pouring through my knitting books for something that would work. So far I have come up with finishing the collar as a horizontal Celtic braid. I was inspired by the Knitting of the Edge book. I think it’s by Nicky Epstein, but I forget. I’ll keep looking.

    Cheerfully yours, Christa

  144. Judi Ford September 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    Follow your heart Chandi…..you have to be happy with it and it’s too beautiful already to be put in the pile off things you’ll wear someday…maybe…love your work, spirit and inspiration.

  145. Angi September 24, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    So many bits of good advice! The shawl collar looks good in the original but I think your thoughts of simple ribbing would have more staying power fashion wise. Maybe you could pick up some of the detail that is going on in the bottom ribbing or some of that cabling detail (only smaller) that’s going on in the back? And I like the idea of the cowl accessory. It will be pretty no matter what….good luck!


  146. Elaine September 24, 2013 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Personally, I like it without the big collar, but I’m not a big collar kind of person. The other patterns in the sweater are so pretty, the collar really detracts. However, if you leave off the collar, I wonder if the buttons are too large. They look good now because the collar is big; maybe consider smaller buttons/buttonholes? Maybe they’re okay as is, but consider laying some other buttons on the sweater to see if it looks good.

  147. Patty Yeakley September 24, 2013 at 6:17 pm - Reply

    No shawl collar on this one. Soft and delicate with the color, it is soooo beautiful. I knit bunches and bunches and just change whatever I want to or don’t want to.

  148. Stephanie Hayes September 24, 2013 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    I’d leave it how it is! The shawl is pretty, but I think it looks better without! 🙂

  149. Michelle Wulf September 24, 2013 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    Loving it without the collar. 🙂 Like you said, more dainty and delicate and soft. 🙂 You have gotten a LOT of feedback. 😉

  150. Fran Heaney September 24, 2013 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    I would love to see the cabling on the front continued onto a small stand up collar so that in matches and shows off the detail!

  151. Cindy Pardo September 24, 2013 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    I think it will be more versatile with just a small ribbed collar, particularly if you already have a shawl collared sweater. Leave it off.

  152. Terri L September 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Coming from a colder climate, I love the idea of layering. For me, the softer front lends itself to so may more options than the shawl collar. It can also be a more 3 season type sweater that way. Such a pretty front, too, that would be covered up by the shawl collar. Just sayin’

  153. SherryG. September 24, 2013 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Chandi, I think the sweater is much more classier looking with a collar. Yes, it would be a very nice cardigan, but a “Cardigan is just a Cardigan”. Nothing great about them. But add a collar and for some reason (to me) it is so much more…

  154. Adriana McDonald September 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I would leave the collar off!!!! I wish I had the courage to try and knit a simple sweater or cardigan:(. Maybe one day I will conquer my fear. Whatever you decide, I am sure it will be beautiful :-).

  155. Connie September 24, 2013 at 10:00 pm - Reply

    I say leave it as is, no collar. Its dressier that way.
    Such a pretty color.

  156. Terri September 24, 2013 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    I agree with keeping it as an elegant cardigan. Just a simple rib for button band and collar. Don’t need to look a like sweaters. Very pretty color and not a color for a shawl. Can’t wait to see what you have chosen.

  157. Karen Callis September 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Hi Karen from the UK here! It’s beautiful! I would actually crochet a little border of maybe an inch. You could picot the edge if you wanted something more fancy. I know I can’t join in your offers as overseas but I love the colours you produce! They brighten my day!

  158. Kathy Beaumont September 24, 2013 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    I agree that the rest of the sweater is too delicate for that big ole shawl collar.. Leave it off. I think you want to!

  159. NadineV September 24, 2013 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Sounds like you alreadkknow what out want. No shawl collar. Personally, , I’d just knit a 1″ rolled edge. It’s a stunning sweater. The shawl would be too much.

  160. Mandy September 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    Just my thoughts… the colour of yours lends it self to lighter collar. The colour in the original lends itself to more wintery looks. So go with a light collar to add the lightness of the yarn colour.

  161. Karla September 24, 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I would say do the collar in some ribbing like the bottom in a couple inches. But the shawl collar looks great too. Either one will look great.

  162. Karla Hartzell September 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    With all the previously posted advice you may never see this little note but to me this one is clear…..dump the shawl collar and make this the versatile cardigan you long to have in your wardrobe…..or send it to me for mine!!! It is lovely!!! I would wear it until it became threadbare it is so gorgeous!!!

  163. Nia September 24, 2013 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    I would leave off the shawl collar and keep it a bit more dainty 🙂

  164. Jilly September 24, 2013 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I think the shawl collar might swamp the delicacy of what you’ve already achieved. That said, its just my opinion and what YOU want is the important thing. Trust yourself, you have impeccable taste 😀 x

  165. Tracy September 24, 2013 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    So nice and delicate – leave off the shawl collar and knit a matching cowl

  166. Tina September 24, 2013 at 10:23 pm - Reply

    Would it work as a little cap-sleeved vest maybe?? Like take back the length from the sleeves and put a little border edge on the front and around the collar so it might lie flat, and maybe a belt to it if it is long enough.

  167. Lisa September 24, 2013 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    If you already have a shawl collar sweater, I’d leave it off. It would be more feminine looking without it and it would be more versatile.

  168. Clare Spivak September 24, 2013 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    Shawl collar looks great with tweedy yarn.
    This blue is too nice to have a shawl collar. that to what you already have. A cute edging, no front ribbing, no buttons would look really great on you in this blue. If you want it as a jacket, you can always take off the cute edging and make the Jacket.

  169. Vicki September 24, 2013 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Just do a simple border, leave sleeves short and you have a start on summer.

  170. Fionna September 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    The shawl collar is totally clunky looking on this sweater – in my opinion – leave it off – especially since you’ve just knitted another with a shawl collar.

  171. Wandalea September 24, 2013 at 10:36 pm - Reply

    I like it much better as it is–feminine & delicate.

  172. Nan September 24, 2013 at 10:39 pm - Reply

    leave off the shawl collar and do 3/4 length sleeves. The shawl collar looks ok with a dark yarn, but it would drown out your design and yarn.

  173. Bridget Spelt September 24, 2013 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    I would just do a simple ribbed edge to finish it off without doing the shawl collar.

  174. Chelsea Steele September 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    Love it the way it currently looks..my vote is no shawl collar.

  175. Karen Hogancamp September 24, 2013 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I like it without the shawl collar and you are right it does make it a little more feminine. I think whatever you decide to do it’ll be beautiful. Good Luck..:-)

  176. Rebecca Boukikaz September 24, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I think it would look good either with it open in the front or with a small ribbing band for buttons. If you wanted to make it more like a jacket maybe an i-cord around the neck or a collar of cabling to match the back.

  177. Virginia S September 24, 2013 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    As many have mentioned, you’ve really already decided what to do:
    “Without the shawl collar, it’d be an awesome little cardigan to slip over most anything and wear a big, scrunchy cowl with.
    •It feels more feminine… softer, somehow, without the big collar and front ribbing.”

    So, go with what you like best. Personally, I seldom go exactly by the pattern. I almost always make adjustments to make it more “mine”.

  178. Linda September 24, 2013 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I vote for a smaller collar. The cables should be the star. Will the sleeves be 3/4?

  179. Karen September 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    Regular cardigan, some ribbing in case you want to fasten it with a shawl pin.

  180. Joan September 24, 2013 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    Hi I would say definitely no collar leave it as it is lovely pattern down front needs to be seen and coller would take the look away xx

  181. Susan Moran September 24, 2013 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    If you don’t really love the shawl collar AND you are able to adapt the pattern to make it without….do it.
    You can always make it again at another time with the shawl collar, and you are correct in the thought that it will be much more versatile with a regular collar to throw on with anything and everything (like a gap-tastic cowl)

  182. Marla September 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I agree that you sound as if you are leaning toward a lighter collar. So go with that, and then you can get on with other projects that are not in a boring phase. I don’t believe in boredom!

  183. Paula September 24, 2013 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I think a lighter collar would look pretty, looking at what you have finished, I myself, don’t see it with the heavier collar. I don’t think that it really fits. It’s a beautiful colour and pattern.

  184. connie September 24, 2013 at 11:23 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of an inch or so of ribbing along opening, including neckline. knit the sleeves to just below the elbow, then do the ribbing. shorter sleeves, more exciting to do!

  185. Sharon September 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm - Reply

    I like it without the collar but when you posted about making the sweater, you said, “1. I wanted to learn how to do a proper shawl collar.” Go with your gut feeling and then you will be happy. By the way, I love the color.

  186. Jan McIntyre-Ba September 24, 2013 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Why not leave the sleeves off and make it into a vest (sew up the front)? Only other thing I can think of is to pull it apart and make it into a pretty little crochetted number. (Sorry – knitting is just such a pain – much prefer crochetting!)

  187. Ruby Villarreal September 24, 2013 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    I agree with you on this sweater, less is more.It seems it would be very pretty with a simple front,and yes more feminine.I think it’s the color choice that leads me in that direction.I also like the original design,but I think it would be more suited to a dark color.

  188. Jecca September 24, 2013 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    I like the cardi look better than the cowl because it is more versatile. Time to sit down with a movie you’ve enjoyed once already and knock out that other sleeve. 🙂

  189. Charlene September 25, 2013 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I think It would look good just finished off. Forget the shawl collar.

  190. Barbara LePage September 25, 2013 at 12:11 am - Reply


    I have to tell you in all honesty that I think you make your sweaters too small. Once finished they look like they went through a bad wash cycle. Give them more room to flow and relax. The sleeves on this sweater look way too tight. This pattern needs to show itself off with a relaxed fit. I wouldn’t put a shawl collar on something so delicate. Loossen up and see if your results are better.

  191. Mary-Joyce September 25, 2013 at 12:12 am - Reply

    I love the yarn color! It will be a beautiful sweater either way, but I DID notice that one your top reasons for knitting this sweater was to do a “proper” shawl collar! (LOL) If you’re bored why not wait til you’re in a mood to knit something “soothing” & curl up with the sweater & a cup of hot cocoa? BTW: I enjoyed seeing this project so much that I ordered the same pattern.

  192. Chrissy September 25, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I like the sweater with a stsndard cardigan collar, it will be dressier, to wear over a dress or jeans. I love the color choice.

  193. cathy September 25, 2013 at 12:13 am - Reply

    I personally like the pattern. I hope to make it after I complete some others I am working on.

  194. Cheryl R September 25, 2013 at 12:15 am - Reply

    I didn’t read all the posts but will give my two cents: Trust your instinct. It’s seldom wrong. I think that a shawl collar will age you. You’re young, you’re petite.

  195. Kathryn September 25, 2013 at 12:20 am - Reply

    I really think you should go ahead and finish with the collar. It would be a little too plain without the extra ribbing on the front.

  196. Cara September 25, 2013 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Can you bring the cable up and around and finish the sweater with just edging and no collar?

  197. dawn September 25, 2013 at 12:36 am - Reply

    im with the ones that dont like the shawl collar but it may need a little more than just ribbing

  198. Elaine September 25, 2013 at 12:39 am - Reply

    I would like to see without a collar. the you can always dress it up with a scarf or cowl. Love the color:)

  199. Marcia Reidmiller September 25, 2013 at 12:44 am - Reply

    I love the shawl collar, Chandi! It is so feminine and romantic looking. 🙂

  200. AmyS September 25, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    I love it as is – the color doesn’t lend itself to the bulky weight of the shawl collar… it’s screaming to be left feminine and light so it can be more versatile. It’s gorgeous so far but if you are wanting to leave the collar off, then I say that you already have your answer – and I’m just here to enable you to run with your thought.

  201. Claudia Blair September 25, 2013 at 1:13 am - Reply

    My suggestion: Decide how much more fabric you need across the front to give you the fit that you want. Do you want it to actually close and have buttons and button holes? I would suggest not. Do the ribbing with half as many rows as you used in the cuffs and bottom of the sweater. No short rows. Have fun making millions of simple cowls to provide some zest to different outfits that include the sweater. Most importantly, Do not follow any of our suggestions. Do what you would like to wear – Unless you are making it just to decorate your closet.

  202. Crys K September 25, 2013 at 1:30 am - Reply

    My first thought when I saw your beautiful work in progress was, “Oh, wow, that would make a beautiful hoodie.”

    Now, that may not be your thing and, if not, I say go with your instinct. BUT, if you do go with a hoodie, I’d suggest picking up the pattern that runs down the front of each side – it would be gorgeous.

    I’ll admit that I didn’t read all of the posts, so if this idea is already there, then add my vote to the mix!

  203. Amy Kulesza September 25, 2013 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Yes, leave it off. Much more feminine and really a whole new look. I love customizing patterns to make them unique!!

  204. Denise September 25, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    I think either set it aside for a while and come back and complete the pattern as is or dig in and get it done. Love the pattern as is and obviously you did too when you picked out the pattern. Sounds like you might be changing your mind because of the amount of time it is taking you to finish the project. The time spent will be so worth it and you have the ability to wear the shawl collar. There are lots of cardigans out there to add a different top or dress with to wear and switch it up. Your first instinct said knit this pattern!

  205. Cindy September 25, 2013 at 1:52 am - Reply

    I think it will look fantastic without a collar! There is so much detail in the sweater and that stands out alone. You can just pair it with a scarf/cowl if you feel the need. BEAUTIFUL job!! 😀

  206. Imani Lambert September 25, 2013 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Since you want to try a different neck, I would suggest doing it. That blue would show off a cowl or a scarf really well. (Keep up the amazing work.)

  207. Beth Watkins September 25, 2013 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I think you will decide on your own, what you really want. BUT, If you want to lighten up the collar portion and still keep it shawl-like, why not make it in a lace design instead of solid and continue that down the front? That would compliment the pretty ribs and cables, allow some added coverage without it being heavy, and you can still add layers that would be warm and lovely together. I love the look of this sweater and may try to make one for myself!!

  208. Kathi September 25, 2013 at 2:34 am - Reply

    I would go with a lighter collar. It would make the sweater more versatile.

  209. Allison Forsyth September 25, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Wow, tons of great advice above. I love the color. Either way will be beautiful. Best advice was on how you see yourself wearing it. Keep going with the sleeves and then decide. I like your idea of a simple finish and wearing with a cowl best.

  210. Kathleen S September 25, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Put it aside for awhile and go on to fall accessories. You just might be being influenced by your avid need to get it finished. It will eventually speak directly to you.

  211. Karen September 25, 2013 at 3:16 am - Reply

    DO the shawl collar then crochet a small lacy trim around the edge. This should give enough femininity to the project without being overwhelming AND make the collar look a little different to the other garment you’ve knitted. In the blue, the lacy crochet will look divine!

  212. Colleen September 25, 2013 at 3:34 am - Reply

    The color is light, so the sweater should look light. You may want to consider doing 3/4 sleeves and a small collar. It may make a nice “look at the new sweater I have for spring” sweater.

  213. Sayra September 25, 2013 at 3:52 am - Reply

    I don’t like the shawl collar. I would pick up the stitches, and do the same stitch pattern as the waistline. You’d end up with a simple 1.5″ placket in the front. Enough for buttons, or even a sleek zipper!

  214. Mary September 25, 2013 at 4:00 am - Reply

    I have to agree I would leave off the large collar and just do something simple. You are a petite young lady and I think it would take away from the sweater. I will be starting my one soon but I will be only adding a simple collar as I want the design to stand out. I only do shawl collars when I need to make a statement on a sweater.

  215. Christy Wiebe September 25, 2013 at 5:02 am - Reply

    I vote for a simple finish.

  216. June Goodwin September 25, 2013 at 5:24 am - Reply

    Chandi, Lots of suggestions and opinions have been written. Personally, I like what Kathleen S wrote. When I get torn about a design or determining if one needs changing, I will put the work aside and give it time. There is that “need” to complete a project and when the end is so close one does get to the point of “just wanting it done”. It will let you know what needs to be done. You do very beautiful work ~ don’t rush it!

  217. Karen Evans September 25, 2013 at 5:56 am - Reply

    I think about an inch, maybe 2″, of ribbing all the way around would finish it off nicely.

  218. Laura L September 25, 2013 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I agree with Anna from 9/24. Make it a Hoodie with the Owl Cables for the frontplacket, and around the hood. I think that would be Fabulous!! Keep up the good work.

  219. Pam Bickford September 25, 2013 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Finish the sleeves and then finish the collar as designed. It is a beautiful sweater. Don’t get lazy in the home stretch. Cheering for you to finish and post a pic with the sweater on!!

  220. LESLEY September 25, 2013 at 9:18 am - Reply

    Firstly – Best Wishes from Wales over here in the UK… 🙂 Secondly, you really are an inspiration to us knitters, yarn addicts and what I like to call Fibre Sisters. Thirdly, I agree with the majority of comments from others, you don’t really need two with shawl collars, do you? My husband has a great saying for when I am undecided about anything – and it nearly always works! He says, ‘If it’s not a definite yes, it’s a No!’ Simple! Hope this helps… 🙂
    Best Regards to you – LOVE your website, postings and lifestyle… X

  221. Beverly Niland September 25, 2013 at 9:26 am - Reply

    I would crochet a collar and button bands on the cardigan.
    Love Your yarn colour.

  222. Sharyn Lee Allen September 25, 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

    I wouldn’t put a collar on this sweater at all. The shawl covers the beautiful pattern on the front of the sweater.

  223. Valerie September 25, 2013 at 9:50 am - Reply

    two things…
    #1 go with your gut….if you don’t want the collar don’t put it on.

    #2 I like it without the collar (I am not the one wearing it, just an opinion, but I agree with the other comments that collar would take away from the details of the sweater.

  224. Patricia Holloway September 25, 2013 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Hi, love the colour, personally I would complete it as per the pattern, think the colour and style would complement each other perfectly. Correct needle size! made a boob while knitting the other night; just finished the second cardigan front, immediately cast on for the back, knitted the welt and suddenly realised I had continued with the same ‘main body’ needles, total waste of time and I had to start all over again boo hoo ;-(

  225. Lena September 25, 2013 at 12:03 pm - Reply

    I agree with everyone who said it before… It sounds like you don’t really want the shawl collar, but feel guilty perhaps? It’s your sweater… My vote is cardi!

  226. Nina Houghton September 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Hi, Chandi! I don’t think you need another shawl collar. One is enough. Having a regular ribbed collar will make this adorable sweater SO much more versatile. And, in fact, I think the shawl collar takes away from the beautiful details of the cardigan.
    Get knitting, girl – we want to see the finished project!

    We love you…Nina

  227. Lola Williams September 25, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    My opinion is leave it like it is. You are a very tiny person and the colar looks too big for you. I’m the same way they take over the sweater. It’s beautiful like it is.

  228. Donna B September 25, 2013 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    I’d put a small darker collar and ribbing on the sleeves, this will give it contrast without taking away from the pattern of the sweater.

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  230. Rebecca Wilson September 25, 2013 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    I think it is cute as is, I wouldn’t mess with it.

  231. Jess Anne September 25, 2013 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    No shawl collar. I always vote for simpler styles. The color is going to be wonderful with your dark hair!

  232. Karen Wolk September 26, 2013 at 4:08 am - Reply

    I’d make it a light cardigan with smaller buttons. A lot of people have suggested that and I tend to agree. Maybe you could even add a long but “not wide” length of cable on each side to mirror the cable in the back. but I don’t exactly know how you would do that at this stage.

  233. Betty Radcliffe September 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    I think you should do it as it is written. That’s what drew you to it in the first place. Or put it in a plastic bag and seal it and get back to it in November when it’s really crappy out and then you will know exactly what to do with it!!! No matter what you choose to do, enjoy yourself while knitting, don’t make it such a job! Take care!

  234. cheryl white September 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Chandi, I think a cowl, but not a real large one. I love the color.

  235. Kellie September 27, 2013 at 4:28 am - Reply

    Personally, I think you’ve already made up your mind. Trust your gut and go with what feels right to you. Either way it will be lovely.

  236. Cindy October 1, 2013 at 10:59 am - Reply

    I would simple give it a smal garter stitch finish (2 or 4 rows) – nice neat and simple.

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