Tuesday, March 29, 2011

FO with a new skill

Look back over your last year of projects and compare where you are in terms of skill and knowledge of your craft to this time last year. Have you learned any new skills or forms of knitting/crochet (can you crochet cable stitches now where you didn’t even know such things existed last year? Have you recently put a foot in the tiled world of entrelac? Had you even picked up a pair of needles or crochet hook this time last year?

Not only is it day two of Knit and Crochet Blog Week, it's a twofer today because here's a FO! It has been finished for a long time, but I've been waiting as it is a test knit for a pattern. It's Un Peu de Chance, by Marie Adeline (unfortunately blog-less now, but her designs are available through Ravelry). The pattern is not yet available but hopefully that will change soon!

The skill learned for this cardi was...steeking! The cardi is knit all in one piece, including the set-in sleeves, then steeked. Here's a blow-by-blow, and here are pics of the before and after.

After steeking, the edges are all picked up and ribbing added, then buttons sewn on. The buttohs on this cardi are my favorite type, shank buttons in a pearly color. These were vintage, sold out of a big bin at Paste, a super-fun crafts store in St Louis City.

I have not worn the cardi yet to keep it pretty for potential pattern illustrations, so it still looks pristine. The pattern features bell sleeves, a fitted twisted-rib waist, and most importantly, a pretty eyelet lace pattern on sleeves and torso that becomes less hole-y further up (and creates some shaping too).

The length is a bit long (and I am long waisted), so the main portion of the torso poofs over the waist, sort of 1940's style. Despite the dramatic aspects (lace, bell sleeves, sillhouette), due to the neutral color this will work as a versatile cardi. I dressed the dress form in a dress, but the cardi would look really cute with jeans and ballet flats too, don't you think?

Yarn is Alpaca with a Twist Baby, two ginormous hanks (except for a few yards left, whew!), for a total of ~1098 yards and 500 grams of DK-weight yarn. In retrospect I would have used a yarn that had at least some wool or acrylic, as 100% alpaca does tend to stretch, but hopefully the ribbing at the waist will hold things together.

For the other KCBW posts for today, click here.


Anonymous said...

That is a really cute cardi. I hope the pattern becomes available soon XD

betty said...

That's a really great looking cardi -- especially those sleeves. I love those sleeves. It has a vintage-y look to it.

I admire you for doing this blogging thing for 7 days. I thought about it for a few seconds, and decided that I just don't have enough material for all of it. Or, I'm just too darn lazy. Maybe I can do one day's worth if one of the topics is something I can talk about.

soknitpicky said...

This looks fabulous! Will we get to see you modeling it too?