Caramel Cardigan

Sunset Posing

I started this Cardigan in April I think… And I finally finished it last weekend when I was nursing a sore back… (Nothing serious just too much running around on my week off work!).

The design was heavily inspired by one I had seen in a shop:

I didn’t have a pattern so I used a similar shaped coatigan to check my finished measurements:

This first sleeve attempt had to be ripped back…

I knitted the sleeves two at a time, to keep the shaping even. Checking them against the grey coatigan.

I only took rough notes as I was working on it in fits and spurts, so I might not be able to recreate it!

Shoulders are a bit wide here (also see 4 stitches at the seams)

It’s made from the bottom up with a seamless body and raglan sleeves, with 4 purl stitches at the seam.

I used short rows to build up the back neck and also to bring the shoulders in towards the neckline. The short rows blended well with the moss stitch.

Shawl collar and raglan seam reduced to 2 stitches

There were 4 stitches at the raglan seams, but after trying it on, I used mattress stitch to close 2 of them up so, that the seam was sturdier and narrower. (The raglan seams could be a bit neater as I think I mixed up a few k2tog with k1sl1psso!).

Reducing raglan seam using mattress stitch

I also added a row of crochet chain across the inside back neck for some extra strength. The front bands were knitted by picking-up stitches along the edges and around the back neck. Short rows and increases shaped the shawl collar.

Love the sleeve length… I like my thumbs to be almost covered!

This next one is for Stephanie! I found a moth wearing colours to match!

Wondering if I should add buttons..

I might add buttons and maybe pockets, but I’ll wear it a while first and see how it feels.

I’ll sign off with a lovely calm picture of a nearby beach cove… I love the evening colours over the sea.

Soldotna – colourful knit

I hope everyone is doing ok, given the circumstances x. This week restrictions here have lifted a little, in terms of increasing to a 5k distance from home for exercise, which has been very welcome. We have lots of nice beaches less than 5km from home and we made the most of them at the weekend. I’m working normal office hours during the week and keeping busy with cycling or making in the evenings.

One edge of a local beach, which we had to ourselves on our cycle Sunday morning.

I have a few different projects on the go at the minute, a caramel knitted cardigan and I’ve been working on a needlepunch picture, neither of which is finished. So here’s an in-progress look:

And heres something I finished a little while ago.

The Soldotna crop top pattern has been a big hit on Ravelry.

It ticks so many boxes – knit in one piece, great way to use colourful scraps, no sleeves, and cropped – a quick knit even though it’s colourwork.

Just some of the beautiful sweaters made from this pattern.

I saved alot of finished tops as inspiration for mine – but when I shopped for yarn I went with very different colours than originally planned.

Pinks and Blues

In order to substitute the colours – I printed the colour chart and took a photo which I altered to greyscale. And then arranged my yarn to see if I could get the same tonal difference:

Using grayscale this way makes it easier to compare the tones of different coloured yarn.

After knitting some of the yoke, I realised I wasn’t too keen on the colours, so tried it on a passing child … and she liked it, so she became the new owner.

Someone else liked it more than I did 🙂

I used hair clips (grips!) To mark the divide for armholes and continued on :

I thought it might look nice as a dress so I kept knitting until I was happy with the length and then added some colourwork at the hem – but it just didn’t sit right- the shape was just odd. The colourwork narrowed the hem of the dress so it took on a balloon/lantern shape.

Instead of unravelling it all – I cut off the unwanted length and thought about making a two-piece outfit but neither of us liked it on!

After separating.

I kept the extra piece and might make it into a cowl at a later stage. The top was finished with a 2×2 rib, and looks great worn with jeans:

I would still like to make one for myself, so I might return to the inspiration pics once the shops reopen and pick out some new colours:)

Mind yourselves. Slán xc

Knitting – Intarsia Design

Hi there:) It’s a long weekend here in Ireland, and for once I don’t care that the weather is dull and dreary – I’ve spent it indoors, studying (or cramming to be more truthful!).   I have exams coming up and I cannot wait for them to be over, and for normal life to resume. Sorry if you come here for sewing – it will resume soon -I promise! Unfortunately, the only sewing I’ve done lately has been in my dreams.  There are a few knitting projects on the go – very slowly though – they were a way to unwind over the last few months.

I have a knit tee that I have wanted to copy with a while.(It’s the larger orange top below).  I made an attempt once before , but it derailed into a completely different top – (that would be the much smaller yellow top below!).   The yellow top is still being worn – sometimes knitted clothing magically grows along with the child wearing them!

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I’m planning a second attempt, this time with better calculations and more suitable yarn!

Intarsia designing

 

These are some of the colours I’m going to use –

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I’m going to do some type of intarsia design on the front (mixing in different coloured yarns). A quick guide to doing intarsia can be seen here – Intarsia instructions . If anyone has some links to modern/geometric intarsia patterns, please share – I haven’t been able to find any beyond some dodgy eighties styles!

I haven’t found any charts online that I like.  So in typical D.I.Y fashion… I’m attempting to make my own chart. First I knitted a sample swatch using some of my yarn – and counted my rows and stitches over 10cm.

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I used my knitting gauge to choose the best size paper.  Ordinary graph paper isn’t suitable for making Intarsia charts, as knit stitches are short and wide instead of perfect squares. Knitters Graph paper can be downloaded for free here- Sweaterscapes Knitters Graph Paper . .

Intarsia design on Knitting graph paper

Intarsia design on Knitters graph paper

It’s a very rough draft – I want to knit a sample to see the actual scale, before I plan it properly.

Plotting an intarsia design

Adding more colours

I’ve cast on another swatch to try out the triangles and see if I like the size – hopefully when I get some time back, I’ll start to make some progress.

Ps – I’m not the only one working on an Intarsia design of my own – another example can be found here 🙂

On my needles…. Essential Fall Pullover

In between sewing, I’m currently knitting a variation of this pattern which can be found for free on the Lion Brand yarn site –  The Essential Fall Pullover by Mari Lynn Patrick

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I took a while, looking through ravelry, before deciding on this. I have been known to cast on a new project too quickly, without thinking enough about the style and fit of the piece.

So before starting this pattern I had a look at the rtw jumpers that I reach for time and again. They are all a little oversized or a loose fit. I like to layer up in the winter and close fitting knits just make me feel a bit cooped up.

I also wanted to use up the many leftover balls of yarn had. I thought the above pattern would be a good canvas to mix and match colours.  Something (loosely ) inspired by these pictures screenshot to my phone.

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I knitted the back panel in a mid grey and the side pieces in a speckled blue – and then the Raglan sleeves in a grey blue.

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The ribbed band is in the same grey as the back panel –

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Then I started on the front panel. I used the same grey for the ribbing and mixed grey and charcoal and a little bit of blue (barely visible in picture) throughout.  I’ve been making it up as I go…..

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It’s mainly intarsia – where you use a different ball of yarn for each colour section, held at the back of the work. I wrap the yarns around each other every time I swap colours to avoid any gaps.

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I’m taking a short break while I decide where to go next with it….

I really like how the front is looking – but after seeing it all together, the blue side panels are not quite right.

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I either need to add more blue to the front (I can add it by stitching it over the grey) or just give in and redo the side panels. I really shouldn’t have seamed the pieces together so early as it’ll mean unpicking those seams first.

In reality I know the better option is to change the side panels…  But I’ll think about it a bit longer 🙂