Tuesday, November 30, 2010

An affair in Paris



No I didn't have one, but since I've been back I've been knitting a little romantic cardigan for my niece, with a very puffy elbow length sleeve and a forties pin-up style silhouette.

It's the kind of cardigan that looks as though it might have been worn by a very stylish and lovestruck girl in Paris in the forties, and then kept in pristine condition for a very long time, only to be re-discovered with rapture by her very stylish and lovestruck young grand-daughter in the present day.

The cardigan has a deepish ribbed bottom, cinching a tiny forties waist, the body is fuller than you might expect on a cardigan of this size, giving a blouson effect to the top of the garment. Simple lace panels flank the pearl button front.



The sleeves are short-rowed in, a technique which I adore, and they were deliberately kept wide and full until the elbow where the ribbing brings it sharply into a slim opening.

And the neckband is finished with an i-cord bind off, another fabulous technique.

I knit this cardigan in the delicious fibrespates scrumptious that I bought from iknit in London. This is the most wonderful yarn, a little crunchy from the silk but with a softness and weightlessness that you'd expect from such a luxurious blend. It won't be the last time I use Scrumptious - it really is scrumptious!

Anyway, enough of me crapping on. Take a look at it - enormous thanks to Kashaya for sitting still long enough to model this cardigan, it only took a week to pin her down!





If I had any confidence in my ability to re-size this garment, I'd write a pattern. But I don't, so I don't even know why I mentioned it really. Seems stupid to blog about something you're not going to do. You don't happen to know anyone do you? Email me if you do.

For my next trick, I am trying to replicate something I bought in Muji.

15 comments:

M-H said...

Lovley cardi. Lovely model too.

missfee said...

That is just gorgeous -and I suggest you write up the pattern for that size only - and the model rocks too!!!

Betty Paige eat your heart out

1funkyknitwit said...

Very pretty in pink... indeed !

Bells said...

Perfection. Utter perfection.

Donna said...

Em's placing her order now, so sprint back to London and pick up some more yarn, k? ;)

Rose Red said...

Looks fab, you did a great job on it. And yeah if Vogue can publish one-size patterns, you can!

Also Muji - love! Can't wait to see it!

RosalĂ­a said...

Pretty and inspired! Oh, la, la!!

drkknits said...

if i didnt know you, i would agree with the one size pattern, but i do know you probably cant even remember that much. thats because the fact that you just made this up as you went along means youre like some kind of knitting genius. seriously, i have not seen anything more perfect for the intended recipient ever. its gorgeous.

Reecie said...

I love everything about this!! And the model's hair is TO DIE FOR

Yarna said...

It's perfect! The model and the cardi complement each other wonderfully. Oh, to be young and slim with such a talented auntie!

LynS said...

While loving everything about this, I particularly love the sleeves. Well done clever knitter!
And Muji...why don't we have Muji in Australia?

Vintage Grrl said...

SO pretty!

I am LOVING the silhouette on that cardi!!! It is very 40's pinup! *LOVE*

Ducks and Rabbits said...

Absolutely stunning.

Yoga Knitdra said...

See, now I had to real your post in full to realise the pictures weren't from the 'published' (commercial) pattern with the model from some fancy agency. Gorgeous! Scrumptious sounds worthy of further investigation.

Ann said...

Gorgeous cardi & looks great on the model.