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This post won’t be as long as I anticipated (please see last line of this post), but here goes!
This cardi was originally inspired by Melissa of knittingschooldropout and her garter cardigan. My friend Elin pointed it out to me and we both thought it was just gorgeous! During our discussions we decided that 1) We would design a very similar cardigan for ourselves, and 2) that we would knit it together! So we ordered our yarn and started cranking out our numbers. Here’s the end result:
Pattern: Garter Yoke Cardigan, designed by me
Yarn: O-Wool Balance in Lapis, 11 hanks
Needles: US Size 1 and 3 Addi Turbo’s
This was my first time to ever design a garment and it was definitely a learning experience. I started out with a pretty wide collar (28″ I think), and knit a garter yoke increasing every 10 rounds or so. Once the yoke was 4 inches long I switched to raglan shaping to the armholes and from there adjusted with increases and decreases based on my measurements.
Once I tried on the finished garment I knew I had made a mistake with the collar. It was just too large and flopped around, and it gave absolutely no structure to the garment. I couldn’t even wear it unbuttoned! So I unknit the cast-on edge and ripped back an inch or so, and started re-knitting with more vigorous decreases and a bit of a longer yoke, and this made all the difference!! The cardi now has great structure and fits very well unbuttoned.
Although the knitting surgery listed above was kinda crappy, it wasn’t as bad as that which I had performed earlier. The last time I had posted in progress pictures about the cardi here on my neglected blog I noticed I had made a huge boo-boo…I hadn’t been knitting the button band in garter stitch! I knew it looked kind of off but wasn’t sure what it was. Well, I sure as shit wasn’t going to rip back 4-6 inches of knitted stitches, so instead out came the crochet hooks and safety pins. It took a few days but I was able to drop those 6 edge stitches on both sides and knit the garter edge. Whew!
O-Wool Balance is fantastic yarn and I will totally be buying more in the future! Its a bit rough on the hands, especially the garter stitch section, but it softens up a bit after washing and is very cool when worn. I took these pictures in July during the Texas heat wave and I wasn’t even sweating!
I also had a hard time deciding what buttons to use. I found this great Etsy seller Zeldas Buttons which had lots of great vintage buttons (seriously I know the pictures aren’t fantastic there but her buttons are awesome). Plus I needed a total of 9 and its so hard to find vintage buttons in lots larger than 6 or 8, but from Zelda you can buy an entire bag! I ordered several different colors, but in the end I went with red even though I feared the “4th of July” look. LOVE how they look with the cardigan!
In the end I’m really happy with how this turned out. I learned a lot, and will definitely design more garments for me!!
I blogged about this cardi Monday night but for some reason the post has DISAPPEARED! Where oh where did it go??!! And it was so good too! I’m so pissed…
Oh, this poor, poor blog has been neglected waaaay too long! My blogiversary even came and went and I missed posting anything about it! Woe is my blog.
Things have been pretty crazy – gearing up for Ravelympics, then furiously knitting for Ravelympics, and trapped in that time frame there was a lot of traveling. But, I have a ton of FO’s to post about – Garter Yoke Cardi being one that I finished BEFORE Ravelympics even started!! – but i think it deserves its own post so I’ll hold off on that. I also really need to work on the pattern for the Knitty Twist socks – I haven’t gotten very far into it and should get it all down before I don’t understand my pattern notes!
One great thing that occurred over the last few months was my sister and her husband any my beautiful niece finally moved back to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area! Its been really great seeing them regularly, and my niece is at that age when she just wants to play all the time. She is too cute for words. I know you will agree with me – meet Dalya:
My parents are celebrating their 35th year (!!!) Wedding Anniversary in September – I’m so lucky to have parents that are still going strong in their marriage. We are all heading up to their lakehouse this weekend to spend some time together which will be so much fun, also means more Dalya time!
I’ll be posting all of my FO’s from the past month in the next few weeks…knit on!!!
…write about my current WIP’s for a while now, but somehow life (and knitting) interfered!! (note, this is a picture heavy post)
I think I eluded to a Garter Toke Cardi that my friend Elin and I were gonna start knitting together. We are emulating Knittingdropout’s gorgeous cardi that she is currently writing a pattern for (raveled here). We couldn’t wait so we decided to go ahead and do the calculations ourselves and knit away! I’m through the waist shaping and I’m currently working on one of the sleeves (I have a fear that I’ll run out of yarn even though I still have 6 balls left).
I’m using O-Wool Balance in Lapis, and I love it! When I first got the color I liked it but didn’t love it…But as I’ve been knitting I’ve really fallen in love with this color. Such a beautiful shade of blue. And I really want to get some of the Malachite color as well. Love O-Wool! And it has been real fun designing my own sweater (I love math!!), even if I’ve erased my numbers hundreds of times (aaaand I just realized that I effed up somewhere and I have to frrrrrrrrog all the way to the raglan!!, well, maybe I can fix without frogging – we’ll see.). Its actually inspired me to design some other garments, and socks! Which is what I’ve been doing…
These are currently called the Knitty Twist Socks (raveled here). There is still some tweaking left in the pattern, but I love how they turned out. And oh my how I love Dream in Color Smooshy! This is the In Vino Veritas colorway:
These are my V is for Vesper socks (raveled here). I might rename them once I get the design down pat. I really wanted to knit something a bit more interesting for self striping socks than just you regular stockinette, something that shows off the striping goodness and at the same time keeps the knitting interesting. Not sure if this is going to fulfill that desire, only time will tell.
I’ve also been knitting a pair of Sandra Park’s Bloody Mary socks in Tempted Good Grrl Sock Yarn in the Bordello colorway. I’m not a huge fan of highly variegated yarn as I don’t like pooling or flashing very much, but I really like how this looks:
And lastly I started my mom’s Christmas Cardi. I decided that I wasn’t going to knit for other people unless it was requested of me, and my mom wanted a cardi, so we went through some magazines and books and she picked out a few patterns. The one I decided on was Joy by Kim Hargraeves in her new collection Nectar (this book has FANTASTIC patterns!!). I’m not using the Rowan Denim the pattern calls for, so I’m just adjusting for the Denim shrinkage (which I actually don’t have to adjust for at all as my row gauge is pretty close to Denim’s after the shrinkage)
Oh, and am I the only person in the knitting community that doesn’t want to knit the February Lady Sweater??!!
FINALLY! My first sweater, AND first FO of 2008!
Needes: US4, US3, and US0 Addi Turbo Circs
Mods: See below
I also added length to the sleeves – too much length. Here’s where my ignorance in sweater construction came in – I didn’t realize that I should be
measuring from wrist to under the arms…instead I measures from my shoulder, so when I attached the sleeves the were about 3 inches too long! I went back and removed the 3 inches and bound off where I liked the sleeve length. I think I would have died if I have to reknit the sleeves a third time! Another mod to the sleeves was that I shortened the ribbing section. I really like the way they look after all those changes.
The yarn ended up working pretty well, although I think its a bit on the heavy side. Its very warm and cozy, and I love that its a superwash. However, I think several washing would cause the cabled yoke portion to felt too much (is that good or bad??) so I’ll probably end up hand washing it. After it was all finished I thought the cardi was a bit big, so I stuck it in the washer and dryer, and it did shrink slightly which worked out really really well. I think its just the right fit now!
Overall, I’m really happy with the knit. I wore it as soon as it was finished, and know it will be a staple of my wardrobe! My first sweater was a success – yay me!!