Saturday, October 2, 2010

Bon Voyage Cardigan

If there's one thing I appreciate about a knitting designer, it's when they don't treat their audience like fools. A simply shaped predominantly stocking stitch cardigan with set in sleeves can be a clumsy looking thing, or it can be transformed into something special by the elegance of good finishing, and great detailing.

I'm no master knitter, but with a pattern as good as audrey in unst, and a yarn as lovely as wollmeise lavendel, I couldn't really go too wrong. It still needs buttons,(hello la drougerie!) but the knitting is done.

Pattern: Audrey in Unst
Source: Twist Collective
Yarn: Wollmeise we're different lavandel, a smidge over two skeins
Needle size: 2.75mm, 3.0mm and 2.5mm (I've got the slackest tenstion in knitting)
Size Made: The seventh largest size
Modifications: The sleeve ribbing is a little shorter for my short arms. Not because I'm lazy and wanted to finish them early, no not that at all.

My favourite bits are the knitted on i-cord around the neckline, really making it looked polished, and the beautiful way a set-in sleeve looks when you pick it up round the armhole and short row it in.

The colour is off in the pictures, it's more purple in real life. I just wanted to get it photographed and write this up now, because I might not get time to take better shots before we fly out on Tuesday.

If all goes well, the next post from me will be from London, about the knitting and stitching show at Alexandra Palace, and I'll have crocheted a teal silk cloche.

Then Dublin for a few days to see Alan's family, then Paris for a week, then London for a week, then Hong Kong for a few days before coming home just in time for the Melbourne Cup!

PS: knitabulous yarn orders can still be made after the 4th October but they won't be mailed until 1st November.


Sue said...

Your cardigan looks simply gorgeous! Hope you have a fantastic wonderful holiday!

Bells said...

it's spectacular. It's been on my list for ages. Well done!

Isn't knitted on icord fantastic? Coraline converted me.

missfee said...

WOW I am so impressed - it is gorgeous and so beautiful
hope you and cardie have a great holiday

Charisse said...

beautiful! I just finished an Audrey as well - my fave bits were the I-cord edge and the set-in sleeve pickup too! What a great pattern. Travel safe :)

LynS said...

Such a great cardi. Enjoy wearing it and enjoy your travels.

Rose Red said...

Fab cardi! I have yet to do an i-cord edging like that, but it does look great!

As if I wasn't jealous enough of your trip already you had to mention AllyPally. Have a lovely lovely time, I look forward to hearing all about it (I think!!)

Ha! Word verification is "sconses". Hope you'll have some sconses with jamses and creamses for me at some fancy place in London!

M-H said...

I hope you have a lovely time with your sexy new cardi. Will you get a chance to see some yarn shops in London apart from the AllyPally? Looking forward to your reports.

Baa-Me Kniits said...

A truly beautiful piece of knitting, I love the little brooch for a clasp!

Have a great holiday....oh to go to London for that exhibition!...and Paris and HK and lets not forget the Guiness :-) Enjoy!

Ann said...

Your cardigan is gorgeous & the color is so rich. Have a good trip.

travellersyarn said...

It looks just the cardi for swanning around Europe. I love the dragonfly pin on it - in fact I love insect jewellery of all types.

drkknits said...

so glad you got that finished, perfect choice of yarn and pattern. must investigare this further. of course, i am so excited for you and your trip but i will not like you being away for so long. no i will not.