Monday, March 30, 2009

Boredom doesn't always lead to good ideas. According to this photo, someone had the time (and more disturbingly, the inclination) to knit this entire acrylic pantsuit.


I only had a few hours to mess around on Blogger. You'll notice my blog is back to normal. I was having a little mid design crisis there, and needed a distraction. Lucky for everyone my supply of acrylic was low and I have no patience for lots of plaid knitting.

Instead, I played on Blogger and then got back to my cardi. And, in the end, a little boredom and frustration led to an experiment with short rows, which I never would have thought of originally. But late last night, I gave it a few tries and it went OK - maybe even good.

I honestly think this worked out better than expected. I began with the roll neck like on Maya's, but it was lacking something. This is much cooler. It's a little different, but still pretty classic looking, and the proportions work well with the overall sweater. Heavier.


See? The center of the neck is deeper than the edges. By about an inch. Pretty subtle, but it's nice and substantial and it brought the neck up to where I wanted it. It also helps to emphasize the reverse stockinette rib running from the cast on edge all the way up to the cast off next to the closure, which I like a lot.

I've tried this on today with a few different types of tops underneath and I think it's going to work. My plan is to get a couple of hooks and eyes instead of snaps or buttons. I've toyed with the idea of just leaving it open, but I think the option to close is a good one to have. I'll place the top hook/eye just below the neck ribbing so the neckline remains open up there, but can be closed over the bust.

I loved this yarn (Classic Elite Silk Cotton), and used just over 5 skeins for the whole thing - I ended up with sleeves just to the elbows, but if someone wanted to do 3/4 sleeves, it would be easy to adapt. I may write up the final pattern with the option. So far it's all written in pencil, but knowing I planned to write it, I have all the info there this time - I just have to type it and convert for sizes.

And take some good photos so some of you may actually want to knit or wear it.

(And if anyone really does want to knit/wear it from the photos supplied, I'm always looking for a few eager test knitters to make sure I have the right number of arms and holes and things. Please include info if you want to volunteer so I can get back to you!) And I do mean volunteer, since I'm not established enough to offer any payment except a free pattern and the chance to be the first to have this groovy new cardigan.

Next, something with a pattern already written by someone else. I saw a lovely lace scarf in Knitty that's looking good.





8 comments:

yoel said...

Holy mole, that pantsuit is barftastic! I'd volunteer to be a test knitter, but have the slowest project on earth on the needles...

Jen said...

Wow. That is one fancy pantsuit...

You are really good, I like the sweater design.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Your cardi looks great but are you sure you don't want the pantsuit ;)

Melissa said...

The cardigan does look great and I have to say, I'm a huge, huge fan of elbow length sleeves - I think they're really flattering. Can't wait to see it modeled!

Hilary said...

HA! That pantsuit is amazing!! (And by "amazing" I mean amazingly awful!) I'm dying to know how many people have made that thing.

The cardi is looking great! Short rows are like magic, I swear.

Holli said...

Cardi looks awesome, Thea! Looking forward to photos. And yes, that scarf on knitty is gorgeous.

puffthemagicrabbit said...

You're cardi looks great! (pantsuit- scary!)

LilKnitter said...

The cardi turned out beautifully! It actually looks like a knit i wouldn't want to modify (which is really saying something!). I'll happily volunteer to test knit it, if you'd like. darlene.mcleod@rogers.com