Saturday, February 12, 2011

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Knitting content!

I blogged about this one way back here. It's been done for a while and I've been wearing it regularly. In fact, it needs washing, so I decided to get some pictures before I put it in to soak--because, you know, I'm always convinced my knitting is going to hit water and dissolve. It hasn't happened yet, but I'm still on the alert.

This is the one I've named Flame D'Amore. It's based on Francis Revisited, which is a lovely pattern all by itself, but I'm not one to follow a pattern. I worked this from some handspun merino and merino tencel which I plied together for a fingering-dk weight yarn. I knitted it at 19 stitches to four inches for a light, drapey fabric. I added plenty of waist shaping using darts both front and back.

I did this one as a top-down raglan and knitted the cowl neck on afterward. I picked up stitches and worked the sleeves top-down in the round, so there was no seaming at all. We love that!

I left the edges to roll for a light, casual finish. They rolled a bit too much initially, but after a little steam blocking, they relaxed nicely and gave just the baby-roll I was hoping for.

The fabric is surprisingly warm, considering the light weight. I've even worn it to work under a suit a couple of times. It looks great with a black suit; the reds and blacks add a nice pop of color. Since I wear black suits several times a week, I'm always on the lookout for flattering bright colors to wear with black.

10 comments:

Sharon said...

That is so pretty! Have missed seeing pictures of your FO's. I hope things are going much more smoothly for you now.

Steph B said...

Lovely! We seem to have similar tastes style-wise....sadly, we don't have similar shapes! I'm a bit too roly-poly these days for some of my favorite styles. It's nice to see you wearing them so well, though! (Well, you and Bertha...you look much better though!) I also hope things have leveled out for you a bit.

kmkat said...

What a great sweater! I am picturing someone complimenting you on it, and you replying, "Oh, this? Just a little something I SPUN THE YARN FOR AND KNITTED." And the complimenter falls over in a dead faint.

At Home Mommy Knits said...

Just beautiful!

rebkatz said...

It's beautiful!!

Suzanne said...

Nice!! Its gorgeous!

Melissa Morgan-Oakes said...

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LORI LAWSON said...

Beautiful job on the sweater. It is so nice to see the outcome of all your spinning.

Knitcoach said...

Funny, I always think the same thing about the first washing of my knitted items. I recently finished the Francis pattern and just love it. Your version is lovely!

5elementknitr said...

ADORE!