Posts Tagged ‘cardigan’

19
Jul

Maxfield Cardigan WIP

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, design, knits, photos, WIP

When I posted about the Ishbel shawls, I was worried I would have to wing it! But the response that I got was overwhelming! I reached out to a lot of knitters on Ravelry and so many people were happy to be involved. I’ve gotten really supportive comments. You guys are the best! It’s really fun seeing my videos come together but when I feel that others want to be a part of it, it is even more meaningful. Thank you all!

Aside from editing up a storm and cooking some yummy stuff, I’ve been working non-stop on my Maxfield Cardigan. As predicted, I am obsessed with it. I am lucky I’ve left the house to go to work.

At first I was very nervous. I thought the stripes were too subtle especially with the variegation of the hand dyed MC. But the more I work on it and the more I see it in the sunlight, the more in love I become! The Malabrigo is softer than I could have dreamed. It’s really going to be wonderful to wear.

I’ve made a few mods in this first sleeve. I began with the 1×1 rib on size 2 needles instead of size 3. I’ll be honest, I did it because I wanted to cast on and I didn’t have any size 3s or time to swing by my LYS. But I rationalized this decision because I’ve been wearing my Pomme de Pin a lot recently and the sleeves are way too long and a little too wide for my taste as well. I think the smaller needles will make the cuff a little more secure. Since I was working on smaller needles, I added 3 rows of ribbing just for good measure.

The other modification I made (which you can’t see in this photo) after completing the increases, I decided to continue with the chevron pattern in the MC only. The pattern has you continue with the CC chevrons (making 6 sets total) but I wanted to make sure that the last set of chevrons didn’t look less pointy as I continue with stockinette stitch. I believe the sleeve length is 18″ where Amy suggests 19″ but, like I said, I was erring on the side of caution. Also, I’m very short.

This next picture is just because I’m obsessed with a nice shallow depth of field:

It could use some better exposure, though.

I think I’m off to a good start. I am loving the yarn and, of course, the pattern is fantastic. I think I’ll have this cardigan done in no time.

Have you cast on your Maxfield yet???

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12
Jul

Maxfield Cardigan: The Plan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, yarn

Amy Christoffers has come out with a new pattern, everyone! As if you hadn’t heard! It’s called Maxfield and my jaw hit the ground as soon as I saw it. Seriously. Amy, I am not worthy.

Immediately, I started planning. I had so many ideas. First off, I told myself that I wasn’t allowed to use Madeline Tosh. I’m sorry, MT. It’s not you, it’s me. I just think I need to try other yarns.

I was sneaking peeks at the Ravelry yarn pages for Lorna’s Laces at work. I did some intense Google-ing. I took screen shots of every yarn that was a possibility so I could pair it with different colorways and see which worked best. I distrusted every photograph I saw on Webs and Jimmy Beans and cross-referenced them with stash pictures on Ravelry. And then I distrusted those.

Basically, I was like some crazy yarn psychopath for about 48 hours. I finally settled on two colorways of Lorna’s Laces Honor (which is what Amy’s pattern calls for) and then I couldn’t find them anywhere! I looked for a long time but no one was selling Honor in a colorway I’d set my heart on. But then I started thinking about some other possibilities.

You see, my basic inspiration is a southwestern-style Dude-esque cardigan. (Side note: Is there a name for that style of cardigan that’s brown and white and has, like, Native American patterns on it or moose?) I really wanted a neutral or beige with, like, a desert sunset for the chevrons.

This is what I found:

 

I worked with Malabrigo Silky Merino a few years ago and I thought it was so luxurious. I think it will work well with the pattern and the color is perfect! I’m using Acorn for the MC and the CC is Viena. I love the purple and orange. I hope it looks just like an old poncho! My only worry is that since it’s 50% silk it might be a little shiny. (Honor is a merino/alpaca blend which sounds fantastically soft.)

I’m so excited to cast on. I just can’t stop looking at the pattern and at Amy’s pictures. Are you casting on a Maxfield cardigan of your own? What are you waiting for?

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25
Jun

Famous Knits: Mr. Rogers

Written by Sarah. Posted in famous knits, knits, tv

Who didn’t love Mr. Rogers? Who didn’t love those sweater? I want to go tie my shoes just thinking about him.

Have you read this article from CNN? Apparently all of those lovely cardigans that were Mr. Rogers’ trademark were hand knit by his mom. If that hasn’t swollen your heart to the point of bursting, well, check your pulse.

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02
May

FO: Pomme de Pin with pictures!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, FO, knits

As promised, some real photos of my latest sweater! I’m very happy with how it turned out!

I basically haven’t taken it off since I finished it! My only complaints are that the sleeves are too long (oops!) and I did a bad job setting in the right shoulder. I should really pull the sleeve off and do it again because it sits all wonky on my arm but I probably won’t for a while.

I was complaining that the dark olive color made it difficult to see the lace but I think it’s great. I love the color. I was lying before. I’m a liar.

Buttons. I did buy these really great buttons that are gold and black but they’re a bit bigger than I wanted. I’m actually quite happy with how the sweater looks sans buttons and the button holes are pretty hidden (read: I definitely made them too small but it was my first button hole experience, too! Oops!) so it doesn’t look obvious. Although I am pleased with the placement of the button holes. I didn’t follow the pattern here (Sorry, Amy!) I’m just so bad at picking up stitches evenly. I admit it! I got as close to the number as I could and then I faked it.

I’m happy without buttons. What do you think? I figure I can always add them later. But I’ve been wearing this like a fool so it’s a-okay right now!

It was so fun participating in the KAL! I’m so excited for the other knitters to see my FO! And all of their sweaters are beautiful. It’s really motivational when you’re comparing your work like this. And lots so fun being part of a group that is so talented! Thanks, ladies!

The details again:
Pomme de Pin by Amy Christoffers
Blue Sky Alpaca Sport in colorway 25
size 5 and 6 needles
Ravelry project page
KAL page

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26
Apr

FO: Pomme de Pin

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, photos, sweater

Well, it’s done! If you haven’t been following me on instagram, you might’ve missed this picture of my finished cardigan.

I love it so far. Very soft and warm. The sleeves are a little too long but I guess I’ll have to deal with that! Otherwise, it’s perfect.

I know that picture is definitely not the best and then I put words all over it so you can’t see anything. I’ll have more detailed pictures of this FO after the weekend when I can take some nice photos in the sun! I just really wanted to celebrate the fact that it is finally finished and I’m never taking it off!

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24
Apr

WIP: Savory KAL: Blocking!

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, sweater

The sweater is finally almost finished! I know I promised all of these pictures but before the blocking, everything looked like a blob. But everything is laid out and lovely. I know I’m far past the KAL deadline but I’m very pleased with how it’s turned out and I’m so excited that I’ve conquered lace!

The collar construction is really interesting. I think it’s very unique and I’m not surprised since the shawl collar on the Larch Cardigan was so much fun. The left and right fronts are joined around the back of the neck and the back is attached to the join, creating the arm holes. It’s such an interesting idea but I like the way it makes the garment hang. It feels very relaxed.

The sleeves were finished a while ago. It’s hard to see the lace pattern laid out flat. That was definitely my fault for picking such a dark yarn color. It’s somewhere between olive green and olive brown. I love it.

Have I mentioned before how awesome my blocking mat is? My mom got me the Coco Knits Knitter’s Block for Chanukah last year and it’s been so useful! You can connect as many squares as you need in any shape which is great for bigger pieces like sweaters but also smaller blocking like mittens and socks. I would definitely recommend it if you’re short on space like me! Thanks, Mom!

I love the thick ribbing at the bottom of the body and sleeves. It feels so casual and wonderful. I can’t wait to see it all put together!

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16
Nov

WIP: Larch Cardigan (Almost Done!)

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, knits, photos, yarn

This is long overdue! I’m almost finished with my Larch Cardigan! What a refreshing knit! I haven’t made a sweater in about a year and I was much more confident this time. I love making little projects but making something big is so fun and a little nerve-wracking. It’s like running the marathon instead of jogging a mile.

Here it is with all of the pieces complete!

(Excuse my wrinkly sheets. I really need a better place to photograph my knits…I’m working on that!)

I am totally in love with the edges. The little details like that are what make this pattern so much fun. It would have been simple to just start with a regular 1×1 rib and move on into the sweater. But binding off and picking up the stitches make that adorable little chain boarder. It’s a brilliant idea.

Can I have a minute to tell you just how amazing this color in Mad Tosh is!? I’m so in love with it. I didn’t strand the yarn even though they warned that I should. I looked at the skeins really closely and didn’t see too much of a difference in color. I guess I lucked out with the four that I bought because they’re really identical. I decided that I didn’t need to strand and that I’d probably regret making that choice later. It turned out great. I definitely made the right choice. There is one patch on the back where the yarn doesn’t have as much variation as the other parts but stranding probably wouldn’t have avoided that.


I’ve really neglected to post these photos so this cardigan is actually already almost finished. It’s really is begging me to block it but I haven’t had the time. I promise I’ll block you, wonderful Larch Cardi! I can’t wait to show you the finished cardigan! And I can’t wait to wear it out!

When is the last time you knit a sweater? Is the Larch Cardigan in your knitting queue?

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07
Oct

WIP: Larch Cardigan

Written by Sarah. Posted in cardigan, design, DIY, instagram, knits, photos, sweater

I am so bad! I promised myself I’d take lost of pictures and document every step in the Larch cardigan but, of course, I’m already half finished! So let me go back to the beginning…

I was planning on starting the Larch cardigan on my birthday which, of course, was the same day that Hurricane Irene decided to blow into town. Which ruined the big self-indulgent birthday trip I had planned to my LYS. Of course, I’m a terrible person for bemoaning my lack of yarn shopping. Hurricane Irene effected so many people outside of New York City. Which is why I was excited to buy the Larch pattern during Amy Christopher‘s sale for the Vermont NOFA Farmer Emergency Fund! (She raised $2410!)

Anyway, I love the color of Amy’s sweater and I wanted something similar. I finally made it to my LYS by myself which meant about an hour of staring at skeins of MadTosh Pashmina. Can I say for the millionth time that I cannot get over how gorgeous Madeline Tosh yarn is? The colors are so intricate and deep it makes choosing one so difficult! Each shade is like a completely different hue.

I finally ended up with Glazed Pecan which sounds as yummy as it looks. (And got my birthday discount late since they were closed!) Of course, I was so excited to start knitting, I didn’t even take a decent photo of it. Excuse my Instagram.

 

Within a week I was finished with the sleeves. I wanted to start with them before I dive into the more complicated bits. And, taking advice from Little Red in the City, it helps to ensure that my gauge is correct before I screw up the whole sweater. It also helped me ease into some of the more confusing techniques. (I’m actually working it on my gorgeous interchangable ebony Lantern Moon size 5s.) I suppose, best of all, I won’t feel like I’m not making progress on the body and give up with a sleeve-less sweater. (We’ve all been there.)

Also, I’m actually not stranding the yarn. For those of you that don’t work with hand-dyed yarns or have never had an emergency of the run-out-of-yarn-need-to-buy-this-random-skein-of-a-different-dye-lot-because-it’s-the-last-one-on-the-planet variety, knitting two rows from alternating skeins throughout will “blend” the colors and hide the fact that they are slightly different. (This Jimmy Bean’s video is the best I can share with you on stranding. I think it over-complicates the idea…maybe I should write a post about that!) I debated for about thirty minutes before I cast on about whether or not I’d strand the yarn. While MadTosh has NO dye lots, I didn’t think that any of the skeins looked particularly different from the others when I stared at them by a sunny window. As I cast on I thought to myself “You’ll regret cutting this corner!” as I so often do but I think I really lucked out!

I’m actually almost finished with the body. I’m really flying through this.

Aren’t you excited it’s sweater season!?

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14
Mar

Want! Yarn.

Written by Sarah. Posted in knits, life, want

I’ve been a busy bee this week (for more specifics, check out my post on The Burgerlution’s blog!) (oh and it’s only Monday). But I have finally had time to sit down and knit. It feels wonderful. I’ve missed you, beautiful afghan squares.

I’ve also had enough time to read Brooklyn Tweed’s gorgeous blog and reignite my flame for his absolutely yummy and unbelievably gorgeous Shelter yarn. I know I’ve mentioned it before. I was dying to knit my afghan with it but I couldn’t justify the price. (By that I mean I was far too impatient to save enough money for it so I went with something I could afford with my Christmas money.)

(photo from the Brooklyn Tweed blog’s mill tour)

But now I need this yarn. I am salivating over it. I check Ravelry for pictures of other projects knit with it. I wonder about what color would look best on me. I’m basically having a love affair with Jared Flood’s American-made yarn and I think the only cure is making this fantastic cardigan by Nancy Eiseman in either Hayloft or Tent…or Homemade Jam. Or Wool Socks.

I do not have a problem.

I am adding this cardigan to my knitting queue which is growing rapidly. I am going to save up and be a good girl so I can have this amazing cardigan and put my rabid obsession for this yarn to rest. Or so I hope.

I am also going to take my lunch hour at Purl Soho, rubbing my face in the different colors so I can finally choose which one to commit to.

I don’t have a problem.

(featured photo by Tara Landry)

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