that other cardigan WIP: purple flower doily cardigan

The sleeve does not sit well. I think I need more room across the upper back of my back.

Also the transition from the back flower doily panel to the sleeve is not neat:

I will frog the sleeve, give the back panel a nice finish and then pick up stitches for the sleeve.

When the sleeves are done I will pick up stitches along the fronts and give it a wide shawl like “button band”. Close it with a shawl pin.

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Wrangling some garment WIPs

I took a look at my Contiguous Blue cardi:

It’s the sister of my Deco Cardi which are both made from one kilo total of that lovely Donegal Yarns Irish Heather, straight from Ireland.

This WIP is more round and friendly than Deco Cardi. Deco Cardi is more… deco.

It’s too wide at the back:

It’s too small at the front. It’s meant to close flush but it’s not meant to stretch like that over the bust.

I frogged it up to the sleeves (y’all still don’t like the word arm pit, do you?) and will reknit, decreasing at the back for my sway back and inserting bust darts in the front. Aran weight, needle 4,5 mm, it should go fast. I already started the cuff of second sleeve last evening, winging a copy of the detail in the first sleeve:

It’s a 3 under 2 cable, then purling 2 of those 3 and slip the 3rd. Then it’s 2 over 3 cable and knit that first stitch together with the one you just slipped. Not just knit it: make a bobble. k, yo, k, yo, k. And give it long loops because you’re not k5tog for at least 2 rows.

Then the rest of the cable: p2, k2 and p rest of sleeve round.
Make two rounds (all p, except for the two 2k from the leaf edge or frame)
Next round: k5tog from the bubble. All other stitches inside the leaf are purl stitches.
Now closing the leaf by decreasing the k-edge/frame over the p-stitches inside the frame. When the k-frame meets it’s just a double decrease in k.

Now knitting on some more because the existing sleeve is too short. Have to decide on an edge too. Either a rolled hem or garter stitch.

I frogged Yuuret, a WIP from 2013:

A wonderful pattern, Yuuret (Roots) by Kessa Tay Anlin:

It uses the cable for shaping and it would serve my sway back so well!

I’ve spend months on knitting and reknitting it, trying to get it to work on my body. But the way the cable determines the shaping and where you have to put the decreases and at which pace if you change the pattern is just too difficult. And all that seed stitch!

My style has also deviated from the clearly fairy tale vibe this pattern has. Hee hee, I’ve gone into stealth fairy tale mode 😉

Yuuret was frogged, the yarn was soaked and I started arching cables jacket by Mercedes Tarasovich with the yarn because why finish a WIP when you can start another?

Fun pattern. You start with the belt, then work up. I like the shaping at the back. I thought: “Right! A nice pattern and I will just follow it to the lettre. No thinking needed, just mindfull mindless knitting.”

So I knitted the belt. Started three times. First according to pattern. Then decided it would be too small so started again with extra stitches at the sides. Then realized this pattern looks best with stitches picked up at the end of the cable, not the end of the belt, and restarted with the fewer stitches, according to pattern.

Then I studied some of the project pages and saw that the pattern probably benefits from a bit of tweaking when you’re a small person with big busts. Bust dart probably. But keep the edge of the front panel fitting, don’t make it too loose.

Giving some attention to how the belt overlaps and where to pick up stitches, to avoid gaping. At least change the lower part, the pendulum…penta…what’s the word.. the little “skirt” under the belt. PEPLUM! It tends to draw in and this looks weird on people like me who have a tummy and/or like to breathe with their belly.
Besides, the yarn is a hard blue. (Dyed it myself)(years ago)(my taste changed)(not sure I’d wear a hard blue anything much)

Anyway. It’s now parked in the Raku yarn bowl in the middle of the sitting room. By no means stuffed in the closet. Yet.

I then took a look at Silver Buttercup or what was left of it after last week’s frogging session:

I’ve got to be honest with myself here: it stretches over the bust (not super comfortable to wear) and the way the lace bits stretches… that’s just painful to a knitter’s eye.

Here it is in non-pained condition:

I frogged it up to the start of the waves. “If I just put in a couple of more waves, making sure the “dip” is still at centre front, then it will be fineeeee.”

No it won’t. I won’t have enough yarn. So I’m going to frog it all and start over, in another year or so. See if I can bring in some colour stripes, to save the grey yarn. Speaking of grey: my hair is turning rapidly. I am loosing contrast in my face. Wearing a grey top like this will wash me out more.

So that’s where the colour will go: at the neckline and probably the whole of that lacey bit too. If I find a suitable yarn that will play with this silk cotton blend by Rico.

Nijntje Sweater!

Looks good. Separated for sleeves. Knit on for at least another hand’s width. Then start designing those stranded flowers.

Good 🙂 mindless mindfull knitting.

Crazy Stripes sweater was fixed by sewing.
I determined the excess flap and pinned it with clothes pins that happened to be stuck on our bathroom mirror (?? my husband is an odd one)(well, isn’t everybody’s spouse?)

I put the sweater on my sewing table, centre front on centre back. Can you see what’s weird here?

Front excess is one finger wide, back a full three fingers wide.

That’s what you get when you put the mammas in mammal. The front of my garments need more room than the backs. That’s what bust darts do. That’s why the back of all my sewing patterns have less width than the front. Not only at the bust but also below the waist because I have a tummy and a sway back.

For this knitting garment the side seam is not at the exact side of the garment. But it is at the exact side of me. Here CF is not at CB but the excess flap now has as much width at the front as it has at the back:

Sewed it shut, with a wide straight stitch, just to determine fit. Here worn inside out because that’s how you determine fit when sewing darts:

Looks good to me. I will knit on, towards the hem. I will deal with how to finish that dart properly later.

I made decisions on two other garments but I’m done writing for now. I’ll let you know about those two later. The funny thing is I could not make decisions on all my WIPs (there are five more!) because I’m now fired up to knit on the garments I mention here. I don’t want any more to deal with, I just want to knit these!

Contiguous Blue, Nijntje sweater, Crazy Stripes and Little Flower Cardigan (more on that one a next time).

Finished: Cool Wool Serra Cardigan

Finally, a handknit cardigan to suit my natural grace:
handknit cardigan
I’m so bad at having my picture taken… I keep talking while posing.
Turns out I’m not a very gracious talker. (What word requires me to stick out my tongue??)

Anyway. Cardi done! 450 grams of sportsweight Lana Grossa Cool Wool, knitted on 2,75 mm needles (3 for the sleeves). 14420 meters. The blocking evened out the stitches nicely. I wonder how the collar will keep, it’s meant to roll a bit.

I’m glad with it. It was a fast knit, six weeks from start to finish! Not much thinking required, just follow the pattern. Ish.
handknit cardigan

When I knitted the collar I decreased in the neck and at the corners with the shoulders, so it would sit a bit more snug in the back of my neck:

At the upper half of the collar I did some shortrows so I have a bit more collar around my neck than I have at the midfronts:

The pattern starts with the shoulders and then stitches are picked up to knit the cardigan top down. The ends and beginnings of that picking up is not very beautiful:

Oh. Shh! Neighbours are watching. Better act as if I belong here. Fake your status woman! There, that’s better:
handknit cardigan

Alright, that lasted all of two seconds:
handknit cardigan
Can’t fool the neighbours I guess. We lost their respect anyway, the moment we painted that door red.

Cardigan-wise I’m not entirely happy with the back. It could have had more shaping and thusly flattering the small of my back:
handknit cardigan
Critiques the woman on felted flipflops and hacked off socks for leg warmers with a chopped up pullover for a cowl,  standing outside of her outrageously red front door in an otherwise respectable street.

Yeah. A more flattering back shaping would have certainly brought more glamour to my life.

 

Strong urge to knit a cardigan

Every Saturday evening when I’m at the cabin and mentally preparing for travelling to the city the next day, I have the strong urge to start a new cardigan. I don’t know why.

I do know I already have 4 cardigans on the needles….in various degrees of finishing. All I need to do is get them out of the wool cabinet in my living room in the city and start knitting on them again. But I don’t.

Instead I bring a bucket full of white wool for a bodice and my green bouclé handspun for a yoke to the city. Or all the Norwegian yarn I had. All the Irish yarn too.

Each Sunday I’ve brought yarn for a cardigan to the city. Haven’t casted on though. Yet, today, I’ve gathered up all the dark handspun. I even spend hours deciding upon a pattern…

This is 134-17 Mist by DROPS design:

Large needles, fast knit. Koffieboontjes! The vintage Dutch lock rib, my favourite.

But upon inspection this pattern is knitted bottom up and seamless, which means you need to have gauge spot on. Also: I never figured out how to incorporate sleeves when going bottom up, and closing for the shoulders.

I’m rewriting this top down. Also I prefer the look and shape of Colors of Kauai: set in sleeves. So basically I’m rewriting Colors of Kauai for needles 10 mm.
With the DROPS pattern look and its koffieboontjes, because I do like the look of it (apart from the decreases at the top). Top down also means I can make it as long as I want to. I want a work horse for winter wearing.

I’ve tried to knit with this yarn before. I did nearly a whole Wrenna cardigan but I really don’t like the lace stitches in this bulky yarn. Mine is not as beautiful as the pattern picture:

pattern Wrenna by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes:

 

 

 

 

 

There’s also Iceland by Stephanie White:

Which I once made into a more fitted cardigan called Sidewind:

The special thing is that the leaves run sideways on the sleeves in accordance to the front/back panel even though it’s not knitted as part of those panels. Here you can see it all started with a rectangle that I wrapped around myself, then I added a part consisting of a sleeve, a top yoke (shirt sewing terminology, not a knitted yoke) and the second sleeve:

I started the sleeve with a gusset and half a sleeve. Then I worked to the wrist cuff, turned and somehow added the back part of the sleeve, having the leaves run the other way.

I’d love to reknit this sweater. Solve that problem of flowing leaves without knitting half sleeves sideways. But better not with the bulky dark yarn. That just doesn’t look good in YO stitches.

Well what do you know, another Saturday evening gone and I didn’t knit a stitch.

I did remember that there’s this pattern in my bundle called Love to Make it One Day:


It’sConcrete by Nicole Feller-Johnson
Easy to make, gauge not important. Start a square until wide enough to think about arm sleeves. Think about a warm neck instead: make it a bit higher, perhaps add a few decreases so the collar won’t gape.

Reminds me a bit of Drops’ Eskimo Shrug that I knit into a Franken-eskimo-vest before and which has inspired me before to knit that other cardigan that started with a panel on the upper back:

Those weird things happening at the armpit… knitted lines towards the apex of my bust.
With the weird buttonholes not matching up with the front panels.

I only wear this one when at the cabin. But not because of the weird things. Because I’ve gone off this colour completely. Turquoise, mint, bluegreen, teal. Don’t want it.
It feels like orange to me. Bluegreen is the new orange and I don’t want it.

Time to wrap this up. My Saturday evening is spend, cats and husband are milling around the room, hinting they want to go upstairs.

So: skip rewriting Colors of Kauai in a ridiculous large gauge. Start a back panel in the round, like Concrete. Get to the front. Remember to make it high in the neck at the back. Add some sleeves. Make it a good length. Add buttonbands and let them have koffiboontje mock rib like the DROPS pattern up top.
Need to make up a name for it.

Oh! I haven’t even told you about the yarn. It’s an oldie but a goofie 😉
400 grams, 700 meters. Short stapled organic fleece, akin to Zwartbles. All spun in one weekend back in January 2010 when I was fairly new to Ravelry and spinning and participated in a spin-along.

I spun it semi long-draw ON A LOUET S10 and Lillepoes was very interested:

finishing Holle Cardigan, my sturdy eyelet button hole and updates on previous tops.

I spend some time carefully finishing Holle Cardi. It needed a good button hole to go with 1×1 ribbing. (*Ktbl, p* ribbing at that); an icord all around and blocking (after I pluck away all the cat hair it has attracted).

GOOD BUTTON HOLES FOR 1×1 RIBBING
For a good button hole I searched Ravelry and found a thread asking this very question that was started 19 months ago.

The One Row Button Hole Tutorial by Neoknits was recommended. This feels like a very intuitive correct button hole so I’m trying it out. It’s really good! Another good one is the Tulips button hole by Techknitter. It specifically reinforces the sides and top.

For Holle Cardi I have itty bitty tiny buttons, they’re really more studs than buttons.
I tweaked the one row button hole a bit to make it even smaller, a sturdy eyelet button hole:

That’s a good button hole.
Bottom, sides and top are reinforced. It won’t “lubber”(… what’s that called in English? “grow loose and flappy”?)

TUTORIAL for my ONE ROW ONE STITCH BUTTON HOLE in *Ktbl,p* 1×1 RIBBING:

  1. wrap p-stitch (slip it, don’t knit it)
  2. pick up strand and knit it
  3. put needle into next two stitches (one is twisted, on p stitch), knit them together right to left (this is a ssk manner I suppose, I’m doing continental so it works out differently for me)
  4. slip previous knitted stitch over
  5. This is the bottom of one hole doneOn the next row:
  6. turn work and from the right side: cable cast on 3 stitches
  7. take next stitch (don’t knit it, this is the wrapped but unknit p-stitch from the previous row) and slip last new stitch over this unknitted stitchOn the next row:
  8. adjust stitch count at each button hole: k first 2 stitches of the button hole top together.

In pictures:
WRAPPING THE P-stitch: slipping the stitch to and fro while wrapping the yarn around it.




PICKING UP THE STRAND after the wrapped p-stitch:

KNITTING THE FOLLOWING STITCHES TOGETHER ssk-wise:

That’s the bottom of the button hole done.
I didn’t take pictures from the top part :s

But it goes like this: you knit the stitch before the wrapped p-stitch and you increase 3 stitches in that, cable cast on wise. (do this with the right side facing you for a neat looking result.) Then you take the third newly created stitch and slip it over that wrapped p-stitch from the previous row. Poor p-stitch, still not knitted!
That’s the top (almost) done.
On the next row you knit together that wrapped p-stitch with the second cable cast on stitch from the top part. It finally got knitted, pfew.

FINISHED REINFORCED EYELET BUTTON HOLE under an i-cord. FRONT:

BACK:

Holle Cardi I-CORD
I then gave the front and neck part an i-cord as per pattern (Colors of Kauai by Hanna Maciejewska, paid for pattern)
After that I continued it on one side of the button band and went back to the other one because I found the button bands looked better with an icord finish at the hem.
Before:

After:

I’m still busy picking cat hairs away from the cardu but I hope to block it this weekend and then sew on my studs next week and show you my finished cardigan. But it already feels finished!

Updates on the other two garments that felt “finished” but weren’t: Petrie Shell and Pumpkin Ale.

PETRIE SHELL
Because I have to pace energy and the enduring of impulses carefully I couldn’t just go out last week and buy cross grain ribbon for Petrie Shell. But I did look around the house and found some curtain ribbon. That band that you can put hooks in. “Wrinkle band”? It’s wide enough and stiff enough:

I sewed it in, while closing the knitted edging with a three needle bindoff.
But the ribbon is white and it shines through the dark blue knitting. It looked aweful.
I took it out and resolved to go look for something dark at the next opportunity I had. Which was last Wednesday when I managed to walk into the city centre, to the market. There’s a notions stall there. They didn’t have cross grain ribbon but I found a bit of black stiff elastic band which will do fine I think.

The only thing is: when I tried the Petrie Shell on to see how the white ribbon would look I found that the fit didn’t please me. I’m not sure exactly how or what, I need to try it on again to see and think about solutions.
But overall, it just didn’t look sophisticated enough to wear in the city. The shoulders were too bare. The boat neck cut into my throat. There were some serious issues I didn’t feel like looking into at that time.
So Petrie Shell has been parked (in my wool closet in the city) and now that I have the black ribbon I can try it on and see what’s what. That’s planned for next week.

PUMPKIN ALE CARDIGAN
Previous weekend I’ve worn Pumpkin Ale to the Knitters’ party! Even though it was a scorching hot Summer’s Day and it still had massive holes in the pockets, I was wearing it and showing it to my friends. I got many compliments and I was very glad to because I was still a bit shy about the fit (with it’s short back and unpleasant arm holes and me butchering the yarn thickness and probably the pattern) but that’s all alright now. They said it looked good and I don’t think they were being polite.

My friends who know the pattern, the Wollmeise yarn and/or this specific colour where especially appreciative and that means a lot to me. One always learns so much from expert’s opinions.

This weekend I hope to raid my fabric stash and find some fabric for the lining of the pockets and hopefully sew them in too. (I could have knitted the rest of the pockets with the remaining yarn but I’d already set my mind on getting these cuffs in that yarn:


These are Keep Warm Wristwarmers by LondonLeo, a free pattern.

The cabling echos the cables of Pumpkin Ale Cardigan. Especially when you cross the center cable in the middle, which I did:

But at this point my shoulder started to protest and I once again resigned that I should not knit fiddly small things. No cables. No small objects on small needles.

I guess that means that the gloves that Tilly Trout podcasts makes me want to knit are out too? She made these last year, in self striping yarn, and they just make me smile and giggle inside 🙂

Tilly Trout’s Good old fashioned proper gloves in Opal sockyarn colour 8617 Cake pops.

I once made a pair like these and I’d really would like another pair. For smiles and inside giggles!
Have a look at my Party Paws:

That’s me, back in Winter 2009/2010 when I was really ill, mostly bed bound. My nose was cold all the time! I think this was New Year’s Eve and I had just knit that nose-cosy to go and have a look outside 🙂
The gloves are knit in some weird, fluffy, self striping sport weight:

Party paws indeed!
Knit in sportsweight, on fairly big needles, no cables. Surely not too fiddly for my shoulder to knit again?

I’ve put them on my list for next year, thinking about a pair like this already makes me smile. A nice invitation to buy some giggly selfstriping 6 ply yarn next time I’m in a wool shop. 🙂
Always plan ahead for the eventuality that you find yourself in a yarn shop.

Progress on Deco Cardi: a better diamond

I redesigned the way the diamonds stack together:

There’s a purl in there and the dominant line doesn’t cross over to the diamond below. In the next stack the other line will be dominant so as to alternate in each individual diamond.
It kind of works. It’s a bit hard to see by now because I’ve frogged this piece for 15 times now and the yarn at the purl stitch is getting a bit fuzzy. Fuzzy yarns conceal things.
But I’m ok with this, I’m working downwards now, I want to get this cardi in progress.

The hip increases have already been put in. I’m back at the total stitch count of 108 stitches now, the same that will go into the lower border.
I’ve also started two other stacks of diamonds. They will be two diamonds high. The one in the picture will be four high.

I’ve spend some days grubling about. (to gruble = Norwegian for pondering and I personally insert some muttering as well)
Because I was rather dumb when I positioned that first stack of diamonds. Its centre stitch is in line with the border I want to knit, it is at stitch number 39. Which is actually number 41 once the hip increases are in place. The border is *1k,3p* with extra k at the end. (and two edge stitches which I forgot and have to fudge once I approach the border.

But as I want the diamonds at the bottom in a particular rhythm of high and low diamonds I needed this stack to be anywhere but #41. At the moment it forces one side to have a high diamond and the other half a low one.
The two sides of the front panels will never mirror each other when it’s at #41. I tried and sketched and thought about other sizes diamonds and magically increasing some parts and end up with 112 stitches or even 120, just to make things work.

I could bore you with the mathematics but the summary is that I did it wrong and it’s never going to be right.
I don’t understand, I spend hours designing it and counting out stitches in the first place. How can I’ve made this mistake?

In terms of solving this mistake I spend the last few days trying to make the numbers work nonetheless, but they won’t. Along the way I’ve given up on putting a pocket in there. That would require my last brain cell to overheat, I’m sure.
I seriously contemplated frogging it all and starting all over, placing the first diamond at a more appropriate number.
But having knit that part sixteen times already and having no guarantee my head will be good this time I decided against frogging. There we are. My left front panel won’t match my right and that’s the end of it. If the cardigan-police comes by and dares to comment I’ll refer them to my off-kilter Minty handspun Wintertrui 2014. It’s a design feature, darling!

But the head not working has me rather annoyed. It’s a real nuisance when you unexpectedly encounter bad mental capabilities.
I guess I better get used to it because it’ll probably progress with age. And I better be on alert whenever I’m under stress or relapse in ME because that’s when the head goes too. I’m still muttering a bit, all this reknitting and redesigning has cost me so much knitting time.

While grubling and grumbling and getting my head to work I did get a lot done on the Spring Brioche shawl though. Because once the thinking is out of the way the actual knitting is smooth sailing. Especially in quality yarns.

Finished: Wintertrui 2014!

It’s finished! It’s comfy! It’s handspun!  (Hmm? you think I buttoned my cardigan wrong? So did I. But I didn’t.)

How smart of us, that’s you and me dear reader, to figure there would not be enough blue wool for the whole cardigan. That we decided to use white wool for the back panel. And to see how far we’d get on for the sleeves but have the white wool standing by. The sleeves are long and cosy and we are champions in estimating meterage!

This is what’s left of the blue yarn.
Champions I say!

Champions who probably will wear their cardigan unbuttoned in 2015.

Now, while it’s still light outside, I’ll have a look at Peabody Sweater. Will I finish two garments on the last day of 2014? Update next year also known as tomorrow.

Cast on: Donegal Deco Cardi

For the longest time I’ve been wanting to knit a cardigan with Art Deco decoration.
Last year I looked at stranded knitting for that. Earlier this year I tried to start it in brioche stitch because that was easier on my shoulder. And recently I trawled the Ravelry pattern database and Pinterest for Art Deco garments and got so inspired!

And now, in the last days of 2014, I’ve actually cast on with a design all ready in my head and with gauge spot on!

Here’s a neck hole, shoulders, front and back panels and two sleeves all on one needle! And on one cat!

It’s a top down cardigan, in that blue Donegal Heather aran weight that magically appeared in my house around Saint Nicholas’ birthday. Needles are 4,5 mm and a gauge of 14 stitches to 10 cm (= 4 inches)

The pattern says to cast on with a provisional cast on but I was seated under the cat and did not have waste yarn within reach. I used Tillybuddy’s stretchy cast on and just picked up stitches. You can barely see! It’s at the small indentations on top of the shoulders.

The design will be plain on top (as to provide a stage for the sparkling details of shawls, jewellery and my face) and will feature that beautiful slipped stitch ribbing I used in February Sweater.

Leading up (down) to the ribbing will be some features as inspired Lauriel, from Ysolda Teague:

The beauty of this feature is threefold:

  1. it’s beautiful
  2. it’s worked top down
  3. it’s set in plain stockinette stitch. Usually features and cables are set in reverse stockinette stitch. Ysolda marks the outline of the feature with stitches through the back loop with make the stitches rotate a bit. Clever.

NOTE TO SELF:
must change bottom of feature so it will line up with a single slipped stitch column.

The cardigan pattern I’m using is Viola: Short-sleeved cardigan by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes
It’s in the book French Girl Knits and has the same gauge I knit the Donegal in. I love it when I don’t have to think and can just follow instructions. My mind is then free to do other things such as listen to Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, read by Stephen Fry. Or think about the universe of Serenity.

It has a button band worked sideways so I can play a little with how roomy the cardigan will be. I’ll again use the slipped stitch ribbing which comes from the pattern Deco by Kate Davies:

One of the Art Deco patterns that provided inspiration.

And it’s showing a cardigan over a fun dress!
I love fun dresses, I’m trying to make some. I’ve just made one practise dress from the pattern I got at Saint Nicholaas’ birthday: Bleuet Dress by Deer & Doe. My dress is not good enough to show you but here’s the pattern. With a bow in the back!

Wintertrui 2014: can I start knitting already?

The choosing of the pattern for the Wintertrui 2014 has to begin from scratch. Luckily the Ravelry pattern database is a very nifty tool for this. I’ve restricted myself to looking at aran patterns only.
And with any pattern I like I look at the projects people made from it, to get a feel for how aran knits look like in real life. How they drape on real people.

Furthermore I’ve restricted myself to patterns that are free or already in my library. Just to make things easy and cheaper for me.

Since I have to supplement my handspun with extra yarn and I chose Donegal Heather for this I had a look at my Bluebird Cardigan which took me 1000 m of Donegal Heather yarn. On needles 5,5 mm. With cables.

I’ve got 700 m of the minty handspun so I can guestimate that I’ll at least get a set of front panels and sleeves out of it.

Which means I could make Snowdrift cardigan, one of the patterns in my restricted list and a long time favourite of mine. I could make it with a white collar and cuffs and a white back.

pattern: Snowdrift Cardigan by Michele Rose Orne
This has plenty of Snow Winter Queen feel to it. And the white Donegal would really work for those cables. Albeit it’s not soft enough to cuddle into properly, with your cheeks for instance. But a small shawl worn around the neck would fix that.
Snowdrift Cardigan would be well warm, too!

It’s in the first book I ever bought for its patterns. (And I have yet to knit something from it.)

Another inspiration comes from the second book I bought for its patterns (and have yet to knit from): Little Red in the City by Ysolda Teague.

Pattern: Skelf by Ysolda Teague. Could do neckline in white. Would do the body in stockinette stitch. But I don’t like the placement of the bust darts in this book.
And how would I distribute the two colours? Blue body, white arms?

There’s also Collonade Jacket by Amy Miller:

This is in aran thickness! But it’s too etherial to my taste. And I’d want it closed at the front. Could work well with the colours though: blue body, white collar and cuffs (fudge it at the sleeves).

How about Leitmotif Cardigan by Carrol Feller:

Closing at the front. Enough panels to play around with the colours. Could do the cable panel in white and the collar in blue… The handcuffs and bottom edge in white (nice cables in round yarn!), the rest in blue. I like it.

But it’s knit sideways…
And quite holey with the lace:

I wouldn’t need to do the whole thing sideways. Then I wouldn’t have to know the gauge upfront.
A sideways knit back panel would have the advantage of beging able to knit-till-it-fits. No gauge neccessary. I’d pick up stitches at the bottom of the cabled panel and knit downwards.
I could diminish the holes. And those cables would look really good in the white Donegal.
I’d knit downwards in blue then.

And that collar is proper knit-till-it-fits: just pick up stitches and knit until you think it’s wide enough. Add some buttons.
hmm. I like. 🙂

There’s also another fairy tale knit in aran: Bella Paquita by Marnie MacLean:

A darling pattern, in aran weight yarn. The ribbing will make it fit all my tummy rolls and make it comfortable to wear. The V-shape flatters my body shape.
I could do clear colour blocks: top in blue, ribbed bottom in white. Or vice versa.
Or I could do the top in blue, the neck band in white, change midway in the sleeves.
It’s a free pattern 🙂

Ah. The gauge is 18 stitches to 10 cm. How do they get that? I’m at 12,5 stitches. So mine would look more butch than this lovely. Also I’d have to recalculate the pattern. That’s two times meh.

hmm. Most aran sweater patterns in de Ravelry database have a gauge of 18 stitches to 10 cm. Guess I better do a quick search on bulky yarns to see where it gets me.
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a few hours later:

Right.
I’ve looked at things. Thought about things. With my gauge being so different from gauge in aran patterns I think I should definitely go with “frankenstein” patterns.

I’ve brought it down to

  1. the Eskimo Shrug with a nice panel on the back and frankensteining it as I go.
  2. Snowdrift Cardigan
  3. Leitmotiv Cardigan

After a walk outside I came back in and looked at these three patterns while holding a ball of mint yarn and a ball of white yarn in my hands For looking but also for feeling. Snowdrift Cardigan I’d rather have with a softer white collar so that one’s out.

Remains Eskimo Shrug and Leitmotiv Cardigan.

And that’s when I saw it: if you start the Shrug with a panel in white cabling and place it sideways, you’ve got Leitmotiv Cardigan.
And if you start Leitmotive Cardigan with just a panel at the top back then you’re basically knitting DROPS Shrug.

Man…
I could have started knitting Wintertrui two days ago!

PS
pockets! Love me some pockets. These are brilliant:

pattern: Buds and Blooms by Alana Dakos

Old Town cardigan: great pattern for the brain fogged

Old Town cardigan, it’s amazing how well this pattern by Carol Sunday is! As long as I don’t try to outsmart it and just do what it says it comes out great. It’s a great knit for when I’m brainfogged or distracted by a movie or outdoor scenery.

It’s top down and I’ve already separated for the sleeves. I’m doing those first because after that I can knit the body until I run out of yarn.

I had a little bit worries about the first sleeve. I started it in the round, as is my custom. And on a needle bigger than I’m knitting the body because I knit small tubes more tight then large tubes.
But it showed a ladder where I had the magic loop:

I want this to be a Smart Lady Cardigan. One I can meet my Serious Grown Ups in and not give away that Little Mrs. Gnome is my secret identity.

So I frogged it back and decided to work the sleeves flat. As the pattern suggests in the first place. I went back to the original needle size which is way smaller than most people use because I’m such a loose knitter. I get gauge though. One car ride further and it was going marvelous, I’m already down to the elbow!

Then I got a bit worried because although I get stitch gauge on this small needle, I probably do not get row gauge. Which would mean I was decreasing faster than the pattern wanted. Resulting in too tight a sleeve.

So I took a bit of yarn and sewed up the sleeve I had worked so far. Tried it on:

It’s ok. It will relax a bit more with blocking and even more because this is superwash yarn, which relaxes way more than regular yarn. I’m golden.
To be more acurate: this pattern is golden.
Excellent for “just fiddling thumbs time” and yielding such a beautiful result!

I’ve already planned to make another one. In red. With “koffieboontje” stitch for the lace part. And one in green. With leaves. Also with leaves at the back panel, fanning out.

Oooh yes, I finally get to scratch that cardigan itch without having to do all this thinking and swatching and redesigning and frogging.
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my projectpage is here
I’m using regular sockyarn and needles 2,75mm to get gauge at 24 st/10 cm

When it’s not “just fiddle your thumbs time” I do the “requires thinking knitting”: the Devonshire Cream Hat and the designing of the Woodland Sweater. Yesterday I spend the afternoon in bed researching the increase rate for the yoke and which animal would like to be involved in it.