Friday, April 13, 2012

FO Friday

I was wringing my hands wondering how I was going to finish anything by Friday when suddenly I realized, I DID finish something this week!
Easter Sweater
I bought the yarn and cast on for this sweater on the morning April 5th, and finished it in the evening on April 7th. Not bad, considering I basically designed it from scratch.
I definitely took inspiration from this pattern, which deserves all the credit, but I did make a few changes so I'm quite proud of myself.

Yeah I'm wearing plastic pearls, what of it?

Yarn: Gala Mixed Fiber (AKA unknown acrylic from Big Lots), 250 grams (5 balls)
Bust measurement: 32"
Needles: US 6 (for the stitch pattern) and 8 (for stockinette portion) 29" circular needles
Gauge: 3.5 stitches & 5 rows to the inch

I made a swatch and did some calculations. At my gauge, if I would have followed the pattern (which didn't give a gauge) I would have had a 45" sweater. I decided, rather than worry about bust increases, I would just do the ribbing on small needles and that the stockinette was probably stretchy enough to accommodate my bust. Then I knit for a while until I decided I'd rather have a V neck than a round neck, started that and then began the armhole shaping.

(Information for the armscye shaping and V-neck was found in The New Knitter's Template, a book I bought on a whim when KnitPicks had one of their 40% off sales. It has come in handy more than once, and will, I hope, continue be very useful in the future as I start modifying more designs to fit my body.)

After I worked some short rows to shape the shoulders (thank you Paula Ward!) and grafted them, I picked up and worked the sleeves top-down. Which was pretty fun.
I really like how sweaters come together when constructed like this.
On the whole, it was a very pleasant knitting experience, because I was never quite sure if it was going to work out! It was nice to be able to try it on easily (Definitely better than when you do a sweater in pieces and have to pin the whole thing together!) and it served very well on Easter morning...

Oh, and I knit the cabled band separately and seamed it as I worked. I actually knit two pieces, because I didn't want the cable to be upside down on one of the fronts. I grafted them at the back neck. I used mattress stitch to attach it as I worked so that I didn't accidentally end up having to work in any extra length.

Of course, now that it's done the yarn kind of obscures the neat cable pattern on the band anyways, but oh well...
At least the YO's in the band double as buttonholes. (sort of)

I kept thinking about what Maggie Righetti said in Knitting in Plain English: How she traveled to Mexico and stayed with women who "instead of using a pre-written pattern, they began with pictures clipped from European fashion magazines, yarn and needles, a few measurements, and a pencil and blank paper. They finished with glorious, beautiful, well-fitted creations."

I maybe wouldn't call my creation "glorious," but it sure was a new experience for me to knit from a picture rather than a pattern. I wish I had used a smaller needle on my purl rows, though, because it looks really ratty with every other row loose. Plus it's not exactly the greatest yarn in the world. (Though it is REALLY soft) Still, I have my notes and could easily make another with better materials.

Unfortunately, I didn't wash my swatch so I have no idea what will happen to it when I inevitably wash it.

That's it for me!
Well I sort of almost finished my crocheted blanket but I have some more plans for it.
It is technically a blanket though, and therefore belongs in this post ;)
It's purdy big.
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  1. Wow - to be able to knit from a picture is fantastic! It looks great! Hope it turns out ok after being washed!

  2. It looks gorgeous - great design :) Did you write down what you did so you can release the pattern?

    1. I wrote most of it down, but I took so much inspiration from Therese Scotto's Bolero that I wouldn't release it.
      I did construct the sweater in a completely different way, so I might put it in a tidy form and add it to my Ravelry Project page, but I doubt I would do any size grading.

  3. Hooray! That sweater is great and I am amazed at how quickly you finished it. I've had a sweater in time out for two years. Inspired by you making it from photos too.

  4. Congrats on finishing the sweater its very pretty

  5. It certainly looks gorgeous and well-fitted in your photos - well done! Looks like just the perfect topper for a sundress! Lovely!

  6. Your sweater is awesome! And your pearls look lovely with it :)

  7. oooh that sweater is gorgeous, i love the colour!!

  8. I love the sweater! Thanks for the recommendation of the book (New Knitter's Template). I'm interested in finding out more about this blanket which has another purpose...

  9. That is a lovely sweater. I like your changes they really make it a cute little topper for a dress.

  10. WOWOWOW. That sweater is fantastic and looks fabulous on you! I am in awe of the modifications you were able to improvise to make it your own creation. It is just gorgeous!

  11. It's a lovely sweater and really suits you. You did an amazing job of getting the pattern to work how you wanted it to.

  12. How clever! It's beautiful and I'm very jealous of anyone that can make a complicated pattern like that (and yes, that is complicated to

  13. I love your sweater ... it fits you like a glove and I'm so impressed!


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