Monday, March 02, 2009
Top Down Long Lacy Cardigan
C'est fini! Started around January 23 or so....finished up the knitting last weekend but didn't have a chance to seam the sleeves or weave in ends, etc. until the past few days.
The pattern: Top Down Long Lacy Cardigan by SweaterBabe
Super easy. I modified it a tad to make it tunic length and 3/4 sleeves. I probably SHOULD have carried the lace pattern down further an inch or two into the nifty knitted in pockets, but I wasn't feeling compelled to rip out and reknit. Besides, it's just awfully cute the way it is. It fits well and feels great. (teehee...Miss Bella Blue is watching through the window and probably wondering about our crazy antics!)
and no, there are NO side seams (just seaming the length of the arms and the pit area) but I haven't steamed out the blocking lines yet...
The yarn: Elann.com Superwash Bamboo Cedar Shaded Solids (bag sale from June 08). I think I used about 16-17 skeins (held double throughout)
Gauge was slightly less than required but I made size Large and it fit just fine with a bit less ease than specified. Used my size 101/2 KPOs.
Re: the pattern. I really like the clarity of instructions and the stabilizing effect of the M1s (knitting into the stitch below) for the raglan increases. The yarn is super soft and drapey.
I'll be wearing this one for St. Patty's Day! And let's give the man a round of applause for the excellent photos!