Tuesday, December 2, 2008
FO: Lush & lacy cardigan
I'm back! It was a super busy month of work, so I don't have too much knitting to show for my dreadful absence, but at least I did sew in the zipper for the Lush & Lacy cardigan.
The pattern calls for sewing on three pairs of buttons at the top, but I decided to go with a zipper, because I don't like the gaping-cold-belly look. I was really pleased with the color matching of the zipper. I was much less pleased with my zipper sewing-in skills. The lady at the store said that I should pull off the extra teeth at the top with needle-nosed pliers, and the put on these brass stopper things at the top with the same pliers, as though these tasks are so easy-breezy. After struggling to pull off the teeth for about an hour, I decided to just cut them off. Hee! Then I squeezed and squeezed one of the stoppers for another hour, and at the end, it hadn't changed one bit! I'm hoping someone can help me, because I gave up on it for the time being--right now if I'm not careful zipping up, the zipper tab just flies right off the top.
The pattern is by Sweaterbabe. I've made one other pattern by her, the Cable Baby Beanie. She writes really cute patterns that knit up fast. My only mods for the cardi were knitting the torso in one piece, and knitting the sleeves top-down. Otherwise, this is a well-written pattern with lots of fun little parts, like the very clever shaping, the peplum in the back and sleeves, and the lace panels on the torso and sleeves.
Ooh, and the pockets! They were sort of a pain to knit, but turned out so cute! They are the perfect size for an iPod:
The yarn is Dream in Color Classy, in Chinatown Apple. I love this color! It's so autumnal and festive. One of the skeins is slightly lighter than the others, unfortunately (one of the sleeves), but it doesn't show too much in the FO. I used about 3.5 skeins, and there's enough left for a fun hat or some mittens. I see a leaf-patterned lace project in this yarn's future...