Friday, May 9, 2008

dollar and a quarter? cardigan ready for seaming

The bad language has subsided, I've taken the requisited number of deep breaths, and I visited my LYS (Mad About Ewe in Nanaimo) for another opinion. Here is my Dollar-and-a-Half Cardigan all laid out prior to seaming. The problem I discovered was an unforeseen result of a minor (I thought) error I'd made earlier. In the original pattern, one of the front sections, the one with the cable running vertically, does not have the bands (of alternating lacework and reverse stocking stitch) but is all lacework. I know how this oversight happened: there was so much online discussion of difficulties with decreases (which I didn't have, having worked sweaters in lace before) and with the magazine discrepancy between illustration and pattern in terms of which was Right Front and which was Left, that I didn't focus enough on the actual pattern. As well, the model pictured is in dark brown and unless you look carefully, it's easy not to notice the difference.

At any rate, once I realized the error, I thought about it and decided I could live with banding instead of the plain background and carried on. I think my inadvertent modification may have been the reason I ran out of yarn and had to order more -- stocking stitch uses more than lacework. Minor problem. Even the additional yarn left me very short and I knit less rows for the buttonband. Still, it was working.
But as soon as I tried it on (just laying it over my shoulders) and looked in the mirror, I realized the problem I'd created: The original pattern had no need, when setting out buttonholes, to ensure that the bands matched, because there were no bands on one side. Plus the one side was so vertically-oriented that the horizontal stripes, so often a danger, were minimized. That's when I panicked and began the swearing. But chatting with Lynette yesterday, I'm reassured that blocking will ensure that the bands match up neatly, even with the buttons on, and also confident that the cable will provide a strong enough vertical line to overcome the effect of the banding. As well, we took care with button choice in order to provide another strong vertical line. After trying out ten or more, these ones made the cut. I wasn't sure at first, thinking they might be too strong a design, drawing attention away from the sweater, but Lynette swayed me, and I'm liking them more and more.
Here's a closer look at the button pattern.
And here's a temptation I couldn't resist -- well, I've actually resisted it on several different occasions but couldn't leave this Handmaiden Seasilk lace yarn in the shop yesterday.
To me, there are reflections in this yarn of the bleached driftwood I see on the beach. The resemblance is not as clear in the photo. You'd need to sit with me in the sun to really get it, but here's the yarn again, closer up
and here's a closer look at the driftwood -- especially the colours up in the left top corner. I'm off to Vancouver now -- we're getting all 1980s for a Surprise 50th for my sister-in-law tomorrow night (I got a dress at Value Village -- that 80s cobalt blue, shoulders out to the heavens, embellishment on one side of the yoke, as polyester as you could want!) and then on Sunday, my girls are taking me out for a Mothers' Day Tea. Hope you have a good weekend as well.


  1. Love that seasilk. That's some gorgeous yarn!

    Happy Mother's Day to you! Have a lovely time with your girls.

  2. The cardie is a delicious colour. I feel for you regarding the symmetry, do you like me find it hard to draw an irregular shape?

  3. Pseu: Thanks -- and a Happy Mother's Day to you as well.

    Alison: My difficulties with drawing extend to all shapes, regular, and ir . . . I actually liked the asymmetry of the original cardigan pattern, just couldn't manage to follow it.

  4. I love the colour. So pretty. A bleached driftwood coloured sweater. And, the buttons are like beach glass. You are so talented. So pretty.
    Hope you and your girls have a lovely mothers day!

  5. What a crappy thing to discover so late in the game! I'm glad you've sorted it out, and I'm looking forward to a model shot -- perhaps at a cafe in Paris?

  6. Gina: yes, there was a moment's heart-sinking illness, before I realized I'd be able to make it work through blocking. Not sure if that will all happen in time to get the cardie into the suitcase, but we'll see . . .

  7. The seasilk _is_ gorgeous--hopefully, the potential for beautiful future projects helps to balance the frustration of frogging present projects!

  8. Puttermeister: I've decided not to frog,and I think I'll be able to live with the results. But still, I'll be glad to be distracted with future projects, yes!
    And I should note that I made an error in calling the spun-gold yarn seasilk; it's acatually the Handmaiden Silk Lace yarn -- 100% silk.


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