Wednesday, March 17, 2010


First off, thank you so much for the input and the comments on my last post! I played with gray pearl buttons, loops, and hooks for a while until I came to a completely NEW decision. Those ribs just didn't feel right. So I ripped and reknit and then ripped and reknit again and finally decided to try a different direction. In fact, I tried about 4 different directions before deciding on this one. But it was worth it, since I like this one.


I'm partial to the organic quality added by the little bit of ruching (How Stacy and Clinton love that ruching!) that appeared here, and I love how the purled border accents the neckline angles much more distinctly than the ribs did. This was almost a hem, but as I purled the turning row, I realized I liked it unturned and went from there. No plan, just spidey sense.

I think I've knit this entire cardigan this way - at each decision point, I've knit on, gone hmm, realized it's screwed up, changed direction and written down a few notes. Then, figured it out in a new direction as I went. Didn't make for a quick design, but in the end I'm happy - and I have a half knit Silky Wool cardigan upstairs as a consolation prize.

I find I do a lot of things on spidey sense these days. Someday I'll plan ahead. For now, it's working out just fine.

I'll try and write it up soon - it won't take long, since it's top down and the lace can be charted - And I know you'd want to get going on one before spring really arrives.

But maybe I'll make a longer version - with sleeves and a hip length, as I could see this working for fall with a couple of mods. You think? An actual waist, a less boxy shape...


And, oh yeah - on the button question. One hook and eye, just at the point there where the V meets. And since you might ask, this took 600 yds of dk cotton for a 32/34ish size.

Lastly, since it's St Patrick's Day, here's some progress on my green!


Sorry, no drink in today's post. I'm still playing with the vanilla vodka. Like a subtle cream soda, that stuff.

Now, off to dye hair and shower and work on the lace chart so I can go to Old Navy to find the perfect shirt for under the little sweater That Needs A Name (and a matching drink).

Since you were all so helpful on the buttons, ideas?
I'll make the drink - probably with the V. V., I just need a name that fits the cardigan.

14 comments:

didyoumakethat said...

That cardigan is so cute. Are you going to post a pattern on Ravelry? I'd love to make it.

Thea said...

Didyoumake that -- Yes, will get working on it right away! (before I forget what I did...)

QuiltedSimple said...

oh i like it - very cute! As for names, i am totally clueless when it comes to names....vanilla lace?
Kris

Chris said...

Beautiful! I totally agree with the ribbing switch-out. It looks great over both tops you have there. I would love to see a longer version, too.

Hilary said...

Haha...Stacey and Clinton DO love that ruching! (And those "ahm-peer" waists!) I love the ruching, too -- looks so cool the way you've used it. And that lace pattern is awesome! This is a great design.

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Anonymous said...

Oh, this edge is even better!
Tamaram

Kristen said...

Cute! I love the ruching. It's just a little girly without being over the top!

The lace panels remind me of architechture. How about Sullivan (for Louis Sullivan) or something to do with towers...maybe Torr?

janna said...

So cute! I hope it still has the lace panels on the back...

Anonymous said...

this cardigan came out spectacularly--I cannot wait to make it and like the idea of a longer version for those of us that are more mature, shall we say, as well as a fall version.
as for a name--how about something to go with the season--New Beginnings--the design definitely has an "edge" to it! Congrats!

Sarah-Hope said...

Yes, please, to the longer version with sleeves. 3/4 length with coordinating stitching?

diana said...

It's lovely T! I love the details of this sweater.

Julianne said...

I really like this -- and do like the idea of a longer version with a little waist shaping even better!

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