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...

9 comments:

Barbara said...

grab some sewing thread in a color to match your zipper tape and oversew the edge just above the last "tooth" on each side- thick enough to make a stop.

It's a beautiful sweater- your work is lovely.

VeganCraftastic said...

Lovely color, very cute!

soknitpicky said...

You put me to shame to have a new FO after taking q2 call! For the zipper, you can machine-sew a zigzag across the top of each zipper, setting the length setting to a minimal setting but having it fairly wide. Or you can do the same thing by handsewing. It would be like the tutorial below except you need to do it separately on each side since it's a cardi

http://sewing.about.com/od/techniques/ss/shortenzipper_2.htm

orata said...

It's adorable! I love the color and the zipper.

Team Knit ! said...

So pretty! That colour is incredible.

- Julie

tina said...

It is GORGEOUS and I'm so sorry not to have been around for zipper advice! The handtacking will be just the thing I think------ did you cut the zipper tape off flush or do you have a tiny bit leftover? If a titch on the tape side, you can fold that to the back and tack it down, keeping the tape nice and flat.

ern said...

aww! it looks awesome.
i love the zipper.
and the sleeves are super cute.

emicat said...

wow... I absolutely love that colour!!! It's freakin awesome!

It looks great on you. I've yet to knit with Dream w/ Color, but the more FOs I see, the more I want to knit with it..

BTW... welcome back! :)

The Elusive Loo said...

The swaeter is beautiful and such a lovely colour! Nice work!