Aqueous

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Jun 062013
 
Aqueous

A lightweight lace cardigan knit seamlessly from the top down, Aqueous features frothing waves of lace which roll back and forth in vertical lines. With minimal finishing this simple pattern is an easy and soothing knit, ready in no time to take off the chill, or dress up a summer outfit. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, lace. Aqueous is both written and charted, and includes instructions for increasing in pattern. Size: 30.25 (32.75, 35, 37.5, 39.75, 42.25, 44.5, 47, 49.5, 52)” bust; shown in third size with no ease. Yarn: The Fibre Company Canopy Fingering (50% Baby Alpaca, 30% Merino, 20% Viscose Bamboo; 200 yards/50g); shown in Tanager, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) skeins. Other Materials: US 6 (4mm) 32” circular needle or size to match gauge; Stitch markers (10); Scrap yarn or extra cables for stitch holder (2); Yarn needle; ½” buttons 13 (14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 19, 20, 20, 21); Matching sewing thread and needle. Gauge: 20 st and 32 rows/4” in Waves Lace pattern; . . .

And The Lace Begins . . .

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May 172013
 
And The Lace Begins . . .

I haven’t had a FO to show on friday for a long time. Hopefully that spell is broken, because this is the first of three summer lace sweaters, and time keeps ticking along. In my quest to expand personal color horizons, I used this aquamarine colored Canopy Fingering from The Fibre Co; they call it “tanager” like the bird, and I call it bluer than mint, that too-ubiquitous shade we’re seeing everywhere right now. Although I did buy a mint bag for summer – but I digress. The alpaca/merino/bamboo has a nice hand, and it blocked well, too. The weather looks promising for a photoshoot this weekend, so lace cardi number 1 should be on its way soon. Which is good, because I just committed to two more – different of course, but still lace. What’s up with that? I think it’s the Stitch Mastery software I bought for myself; after putting in some time on the learning curve, I need to keep in practice. The program is great, by the way, as is the . . .

Mar 152013
 
First Look - Koa

It’s friday, and I actually have a FO! In further exploration of the Contiguous shoulder construction method, I’ve done up a spring cardi with some broken rib detail on the button band. To me, this method still has some problems with a tight and very sloped shoulder, which might be good for some styles, but certainly isn’t ideal for everything. What I really like for this design is that there is no picking up (except for a few stitches from the body underarm when doing the sleeves); the button band is knit in, and most exciting of all, the collar is done first, with live stitches incorporated into the body using short rows. Of course this approach can be done just as well with a raglan or seamless topdown construction, and I definitely will be using it again with one of those. Also, seeing how great the Tosh Vintage works for a sweater means I’ll be doing more with that as well. In the meantime, on to finishing up the pattern!

Mar 022013
 
Lithos

Named for the Greek word for rock, Lithos is a structured cardigan that forms the cable and garter elements of the collar together with the gently shaped raglan body. The unusual construction begins by working the wide braided cable and garter collar from the center back neck toward each shoulder, then stitches are picked up around the collar edge and integrated into the cabled fronts, while being worked seamlessly from the top down in one piece to the hem. The organic cable appears to travel around the front edge and neckline from one end to the other, although each side is worked from the top to the bottom. A traditional cardigan with contemporary construction, Lithos is sturdy and reliable on cold days. Techniques & Skills Used: raglan construction, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches, cables. Size: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 48.25, 51.25)” bust circumference. Garment Measurements: Bust: 30 (32, 34.75, 37.25, 40, 42.75, 45.25, 48.25, 51.25)”. Waist: 29.25 (31.25, 34, 36.75, 39.25, 42, 44.75, 47.75, 50.75)”. Hip: 30.75 (32.75, 35.25, 38, 40.75, 43.25, . . .

Mar 012013
 
Alluvium

Named for the free flowing organic matter which is eroded and reshaped into a new form by running water, Alluvium is a blanket-style cardigan with wide wrapped fronts, a cropped back, and a winding braided cable around the neckline and front edge. Cast on at one front edge, it is knit sideways around the body in one piece to the other edge, with afterthought sleeves worked from live armhole stitches. The comforting shape can be worn wrapped and belted or pinned, or left to wander freely; the shorter back and sleeve lengths reduce bulk and take off the chill without smothering. Versatile and unstructured, Alluvium is a transition sweater for the seasons. Techniques & Skills Used: knit/purl, picking up stitches, cables. Size: 28.5 (31, 34, 36.5, 39, 42, 44.5, 47)”, based on the cross-back width doubled. As this wrap cardi does not have a true bust circumference, choose a size based on cross-back measurement; to measure cross-back, find the distance across back halfway between shoulder and armhole, excluding the arm. Garment Measurements: Cross-back: 14.25 (15.5, . . .

Jan 232013
 
Alluvium - WIP Wednesday

The Arctic blast has come to the Mid Atlantic region, and we’re having daytime high temperatures hovering around 21 degrees F. What better time to be working on a chunky blanket-style cardi? It’s serendipity. The Biggo yarn from Knit Picks is gorgeous and wintery in Dove Heather, and is knitting up for me at 12 st and 16 rows on US 10 needles. It feels great, and promises to be easy care, too, with 50% superwash merino and 50% nylon content. I love me a warm, quick sweater! I’m calling it Alluvium, which refers to loose, unconsolidated matter that has been eroded, reshaped and redeposited – kind of like yarn and stitches forming new shapes.

Plixi

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Oct 182012
 
Plixi

Plixi is a long and lean open front cardigan, with gentle waist shaping and a flowing ruffle at the front edge and cuffs. Worked seamlessly from the top down in a drapey fingering weight yarn on larger needles, Plixi uses the contiguous method of seamless shoulder and sleeve construction, with a picked-up ruffle along the front edge, and a simple purled hem finish. Long, slim and elegant, Plixi works with jeans or a dress, for sleek and chic style with any outfit. Techniques & Skills Used: contiguous construction, knit/purl, short rows, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 44, 48)” bust; shown in second size with no ease. Garment Measurements: Bust: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 44, 48)”; Waist: 30.5 (32.5, 34.5, 36.5, 38.5, 42.5, 46.5)”; Hip: 32.75 (34.75, 36.75, 38.75, 40.75, 44.75, 48.75)”; Length from shoulder tip to hem: 25.75 (26.5, 27.5, 28.25, 29.25, 30.25, 31.25)”. Yarn: RYC Cashsoft 4 Ply (57% wool, 33% microfiber, 10% cashmere; 175 yards/50g); 8 (8, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12) balls, shown in #423 Monet. . . .

Oct 012012
 
Pauroxo

A shapely topdown raglan with extended front panels, Pauroxo has a swingy A-line shape when worn open, and an enfolding cropped jacket vibe when closed with a shawl pin or belt. This easy cardigan is knit seamlessly with simple rolled front edges, Twisted Rib hem and cuffs, and a picked up collar band in Cable and Twist Rib. Pau Roxo is Portuguese for purple wood, and this cardigan is inspired by the striking deep violet wood from the Purpleheart tree found in tropical rainforests. Techniques & Skills Used: long-tail CO, raglan construction,knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Size: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)” bust; this easy shaped cardigan is designed to be worn with some positive ease. Sample shown in third size with 1” ease. Garment Measurements: Bust & Hip: 32 (34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, 48, 52)”, with fronts overlapped. Sleeve length from neck: 13 (13.5, 14, 14.5, 15, 15.5, 16, 17, 17.75)”. Length: 21.75 (22, 22.5, 22.75, 23.5, 24.5, 25, 25.5, 26)”. Yarn: Madelinetosh Pashmina (75% merino, 15% silk, . . .

Blue Honey

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Apr 052012
 
Blue Honey

Worked sideways in one flat piece from right to left sleeve cuff, Blue Honey is a long, open front cardigan with honeycomb stitch at the shoulders and a wide garter band finishing the collar and front edges. With just two sideseams, it’s a sweater that is easy to knit and flattering to wear, with long, lean lines and pretty details. Techniques & Skills Used: cable CO, knit/purl, increasing/decreasing, picking up stitches. Size: 30.75 (33.5, 36, 37.75, 40, 42.5, 45.25, 49.5, 52.25, 55)” bust. This long cardigan is designed to be worn open and thus can fit a wide range of body types; for a good fit, choose a size close to your actual bust measurement. Garment Measurements: Bust & Hip: 30.75 (33.5, 36, 37.75, 40, 42.5, 45.25, 49.5, 52.25, 55)”. Sleeve length from shoulder: 6.25 (6.25, 6.75, 6.75, 7, 7, 7.75, 8.25, 9, 9.75)”. Length: 24.5 (25, 25.5, 25.75, 26.25, 26.75, 27.25, 28.25, 29.25, 30)”. Yarn: Malabrigo Yarn Rios (100% superwash merino; 210 yards/100g), shown in Azules; 4 (4, 5, 5, 5, 6, 6, 7, . . .

Mar 302012
 
Sleeve in a Day

Deadlines really motivate me; I suspect I might achieve close to zero if I didn’t utilize them. The current challenge is to finish my second contiguous cardigan by saturday midnight. It’s worsted, yes – but still a whole garment. I think there’s a good chance; I had to rip the first sleeve because it was too small, and I updated the sizing while knitting the second. Happily, sleeve in a day was achieved. Next challenge is the front edging; last night I ripped the 2″ I had because I decided some short-rowing would be just the thing. So less than 48 hours for around 25 long 200+ stitch rows. I hope it comes out well.