Thursday, May 24, 2007

Taa Daa!

Presenting, at long last, SPARKLY!

This started out as a pattern from a local yarn store. I changed the yarn, the gauge, the lace pattern, the length (2 inches longer), and the neckline (2 inches higher, since I prefer my nip---s covered). I added a lace border to the bottom of the back to fix a pesky row gauge problem. I changed the sleeve cap to make it rounder. And I added lacing all the way up the front (the original had only a single hook closure), to allow for the possibility of wearing it in public. A slim possibility, admittedly.

Pattern: Summer Lace Cardigan, from Common Threads (sort of)

Yarn: Berroco Cotton Twist in Fern. I would not use this yarn again. It is inelastic and splits like crazy. The rayon plies snag on everything. It's a shame, because the colors and shine are gorgeous.

Size: 35" finished chest. With the laces tightened, it just barely closes, and I have to squeeze my skinny arms into the sleeves. This very fitted pattern would work better with a more elastic yarn.

But it's done!

9 comments:

sophanne said...

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!

It really looks great! From the way you write about it, it sounds like it's something just a step past your comfort zone re: wardrobe but I think it looks really good on you. You can definitely wear it in public proudly.

Now I'm thinking that if I had more WIP's I could have a blockbuster sort of week like you've had finishing things.

Congratulations!

Suzanne said...

It is REALLY beautiful!!! Nice job! I love it.

sophanne said...

I just felt it necessary to comment a second time on how cool that looks. Too much mental power went into it for only 2 comments!

sophanne said...

You know, living in Moscow might have made it to 7 random facts.... kind of like snakes in pizza boxes.

Quail Hill Knits said...

Hey Gal!

Isn't it wonderful to have a FO! But in your case, the FO is stunning. The modifications you made to the pattern were well worth the time and energy you put into knitting the sweater. Congratulations on a project you can wear with pride.

PS -- as you your comment on my blog about how fast they grow, I am still in shock at how fast the years went by....

Laura said...

The sweater is fab. I bought a White Lies pattern at Stitches that has similar qualities. I am now inspired to pull it out and start it. Yours looks like it fits perfectly. I hope you enjoy it.

Karen said...

Oo la la. Very sexy!

Romi said...

Wow! That is totally awesome! It looks fabulous on you.

Patty said...

That's just gorgeous!