Pattern: Puff- Sleeved Feminine Cardigan from Fitted Knits (Ravelry link)
Yarn: Knit Picks Merino Style, hollyberry 6.5 skeins (1.5 more than pattern called for!)
Needles: US size 6 circular, size 9 to bind off
Notes: Go get a beverage, we'll be here awhile.
I added 7 stitches worked in seed stitch to either end to create the button band as I knit. I took Melissa's advice and placed a button hole every 15 rows. I followed the pattern to the peplum, only did one ridge row to mirror the neckline, left out the lace and worked in stockinette with increases in the same place as the waist decreases. The peplum is still flared out because of the increases. I did 10 rows of seed stitch on the bottom rather than the ridges. I also knit a single ridge on the sleeve to mirror the neck/peplum.
I used 9 buttons which I sewed to the band with a smaller backing button for stability. I swooned and cursed often during this process, but it was worth it.
I enjoyed the yarn except it did grow during blocking so I wish I had knit more decreases at the waist to compensate for that, but overall I love this cardigan.
collar folded down and me looking very proud of myself