is anyone knitting this at a smaller gauge? If i made the XS i'd have about 3 inches of ease...which is far more than i want! so i'm trying to figure out the gauge i need to get it down to about 1 inch - which isn't so easy since there's 3 stitch patterns. guess i'll have to knit swatches of all of them and calculate. or i could just start and hope it turns out fine
Unless you are really tiny, I think 3 inches of ease is about what I'd want to see in this style sweater. Ease does not always mean loose or baggy. I don't think anything looks worse on a cardigan than buttons which are pulling so I NEVER make a cardigan with less than 2-3 inches of ease. Just my opinion of course.
Have you checked out Knitting Dailys Galleries. They show the same sweater on multiple people with ease varying from positive to negative. It's very interesting, I'm learning that maybe I should go smaller for pullovers but that my preference for ease in cardigans is a good one. Heres the link: