It used to be hard for me to visualize the two ways that Jeanette Sloan’s inventive Mood Cardigan can be worn. They are two very different looks, and it will be fun trying out both of them when it’s time to pop the Mood over the uniform du jour this fall.
When this design was in the works, I was excited by the convertibility, but found it hard to describe. Jeanette finally made it click for me, with her shorthand for the Mood Cardi’s two wearing options. You can wear it “rib up”—with the ribbed neck opening at your actual neck, or “rib down,” with the rib now forming a sort of hem at the bottom of the cardigan, leaving you with draped lace lapels that look almost like a latter-day ruff. Either look frames the face in a cool way—with the neat miters of the rib, or the cascading flow of openwork fabric.
Jeanette recently posted some pictures that demonstrate the differences really well.
Rib up, the miters point to the collarbones, giving the soft shape a bit of sharpness. i would knit the mood cardigan just for this perfect detail.
Rib up. Back view. Worn this way, the 2-rectangle construction is revealed.
Now, flip it rib-side down. Can you see it in your mind’s eye?
worn with the Rib down, it looks like a bomber jacket and a shrug got together.
Back view. A short, blouson effect.
The deciding factor for me will be how the cardigan interacts with whatever else I’m wearing. I think for a dress, I’ll wear it rib up, as a kind of topper. With trousers or leggings, rib down might be a good look. Or maybe the other way around? I’ve never had a convertible garment before, unless tying a sweater’s sleeves around my neck or waist counts. We will see!
I’m so close to finishing mine! Next time you see it, it will be on my person, rib up or down.