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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…
Pattern:Knitty Twist Socks, my own design, ravel it here
Yarn: Dream in Color Smooshy sock yarn, In Vino Veritas
Needles: Size US1 Addi Turbo Circs
This was the first time I designed anything, but I was inspired to for the Sock Knitters Anonymous Sockdown for June where one of the themes was “Design Your Own”. I have to admit that I’ve been wanting to design socks of my own for a while, I love how these turned out! They was a lot of frogging and re-knitting involved, but the traveling stitches were fun to manipulate. I especially like the back:
I am currently working on writing this up into a pattern and will hopefully have it out by the end of the month for a few knitters that have volunteered to test knit them for me. Oh, and Smooshy Sock is soooo yummy! I can’t wait to give the socks a nice bath (no I haven’t washed them yet – its too hot for socks here!!) so I can see how much softer the yarn gets!
On the WIP front, I’ve almost knit up one arm of the Garter Yoke Cardi (I’ve knit this sleeve 3 times now!!!) and it finally fits perfectly, so almost finished there with just the other arm and sewing on the buttons. The Vesper socks are stalled as I’m not loving the pattern right now – may have to rip back again to the toe and just start over. And everything else has been on hold for now since I’m trying to finish the Garter Yoke Cardi. I really want to cast on for the Riding to Avalon Hoodie in the new Knitscene but I think I may try and finish all my WIP’s first then start something new (at least finish all the sweaters I have on the needles!!).
Happy Knitting everyone!
…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??!!