Saturday, October 27, 2012


 Introducing Bloody Mary, a long, cabled cardigan in deep red tweed.  This design began with my desire for a cozy red sweater, but quickly morphed into an experiment all about the "belt".  I wanted to design it with one of those 1960s belted dresses (think Andy Warhol and Twiggy) in mind, but the question was how to mix the polyester look from Laugh In with a cozy, cabled feel.  Once these bold cables came into the mix, it all worked out.  The belt adds a great faux structural line to the sweater, and plays off the cables and ribs nicely.   It all works to create a strong, bold cabled silhouette. 

I love how the vertical and diagonal lines play off each other in the back. 

Cables on each front echo the motif on back, and the 1x1 ribbing of the belt contrasts nicely with the 2x2 ribbing on the edges.

A nice, wide collar is always flattering, and wide ribbings and chunky buttons are cozy.

 The pattern is written so you can make a long sweater with a hip belt, as shown here, OR you can shorten the whole thing for a shorter version with a higher belt.   On the project page, you can see photos of both versions (once the testers post 'em!).
The yarn is Harrisville Tweed's Highland Tweed in Garnet.   It's a great tweed that comes in a ton of gorgeous colors, and this red is the Perfect Red.   Really it is.  Some of you may remember the blog post and bought the yarn this spring.   The mill is a lovely place, and the company is one you can feel good about.  (How's that for a batch of links?)

Some details are below, and the rest of the info is here.  The pattern is available on the sidebar above or on Ravelry for $6.50. 


Yarn Harrisville New England Highland Tweed, in Garnet.  200 yds per skein 5(6,6,7,7,8,8,9,9,10) skeins.  1000(1100,1200,1300,1400,1500,1600,1700,1800,1900)yards. Shorter version, assume 100 yds less.  

Needles - US #7/4.5mm needles (or size to get gauge).  I suggest working this on long circulars.  

Notions - Darning needle, stitch markers and cable needle.  Sewing needle, thread, and 5-6  1” wide buttons

Sizing – 32(34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50) Pick your bust size for the fit shown. 

Gauge – 4.5 stitches, 7 rows per 1” in a stockinette swatch, blocked.  Be sure to swatch.


I bought some great spooky Bloody Mary glasses yesterday to make drinks in, but since it's 10am and my husband is out getting a haircut, I'll add the recipe and photos when we whip them up later today!    

Thanks again to the lovely Erin for modeling without coffee in the graveyard, and to Diana for help and patience, and only a little mockery, which I suppose was pretty well deserved.  XO


Here are the afternoon Bloody Marys, in my sweet Halloween-theme skull glasses.

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3-4 oz tomato juice
  • 1 dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • celery salt
  • ground pepper
  • hot pepper sauce to taste
  • celery stalk and/or pickle spear for garnish
  • lemon and/or lime wedge for garnish
  1. Pour the liquid ingredients in glass over ice cubes.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Add the seasonings to taste.
  4. Garnish with lemon  & celery stalk.  Olives  make great eyeballs in these glasses when positioned right.

We are off to a costume party tonight, so here's my Betty Draper costume.  A vintage shell and jacket set with some rhinestone buttons and awesome fur trim.  $8.49 at the thrift shop.  Craig's going to be Don, with his suit, a fedora and a whiskey glass. 


I also found the pointy toe shoes.  For an extra $4.99.  I kind of love them.


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Annika said...

Lovely! And I do have some tweedy worsted just waiting to be knitted into a sweater...

Ellen Mason said...

Definitely a winner. Definitely.

madforknit said...

Gorgeous! Hope you post Halloween photos.

margaux said...

love the sweater! AND really love your costume choice! hope that party was fun!

Ness said...

I'm crazy about the cables and neckline! To the queue it goes.... :) Great job (as usual!)!

Lauren said...

Do you have a photo of your Mad Men costumes?