Monday, August 25, 2014

This one has been a long time in the making, but I'm so very happy with the end result and even happier to finally take the orange folder off of my inbox and share the sweater with all of you!

Dirty Martini began as my vision of a modern, chunky lace cardigan.  Something that would be feminine but not delicate.  It began with a photo of a beige sweater with nice heavy ribbings and detailed lace, but then I wanted to play with two colors, and give it a bit of a Chanel Jacket vibe.   There were a few stops and starts, three diffferent yarn combinations (and the unending patience of Sarah Dimond, aka Plucky).  There was another design born out of the ashes of one of those combos, a few months where I just put the whole thing down, three different necklines, umpteen Excel spreadsheets, more than a few collar options, and finally a version of this thing that I kind of love.  This design also reflects the efforts of eleven amazing test knitters and two fabulous tech editors.  So when you see those exclamation points up there, know that I mean it.  Finally!!!

As I said above, this was meant to be a feminine but not girly - so it's knit in The Plucky Knitter's Primo Aran.  This soft and round MCN mix makes a gorgeous lace - perfectly cozy, with a just the littlest bit of heft to it.  The deep ribbed cuffs, bands, and hem in a darker color balance the lighter lace fabric, and add that touch of Chanel jacket I was going for. The color choices have been such fun - I was going for lighter body, darker contrast.  With Plucky's gorgeous gradients, and the way she uses her undertones, you can really mix and match some amazing shades.   There has been much discussion in the Plucktember Planning forum, and so many gorgeous combinations are planned.  I can't wait to see them...

The collar may be my favorite part - with a deep rounded back and Peter Pan tabs in front that are designed to appear only in the front and then disappear around the back. 

 It just adds a cool, unexpected touch to a familiar collar shape.

It's knit seamlessly, from the bottom up - and designed to be worn open, with a bit of ease. Some information is below.  More details, test knits, and any almost anything else you'd need is on the Ravelry page, here.  The pattern is available for purchase for $7.00 on Ravelry and in the patterns section of my blog.

And a dirty martini is much easier to make than the cardigan!  Just take 4-6 oz of vodka, a shot of vermouth, a few stuffed olives and a bit of the olive brine from the jar.  Shake in a jigger with ice and pour.


Dayana Knits said...

Absolutely love the collar!

AntiquityTravelers said...

kinda loving this pattern and that collar - super cute