Wednesday, July 23, 2008

I finished stuff. No really.

Since I actually finished a few things, I thought I should post some photos of them.

First, the Minimalist Cardigan:

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I also knit a simple raglan cardigan over the weekend out of some bulky weight wool I recycled from a thrift store sweater. Have I mentioned how much I love recycling sweaters!? It's so much fun and can lead to some very fun new yarns to play with. (This one will actually be changing a bit, after wearing it yesterday, I decided to add a button band to provide a bit more coverage and prevent the rolling.) I didn't stretch this yarn out to get the kinks out of it because I like the sort of nubby look it gives the yarn as it's knit up.

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It's based on the Anthropologie-Inspired Capelet, but when I got to the point where it should have been cast off, it hit about midway across my chest and looked like a wooly half-bra. I measured the Minimalist Cardigan and knit this to the same length (about 12 inches from the armpit). It looks much better. I also ripped out the original bottom of 1x1 ribbing and made it a nice garter stitch border with a nice, flexible cast off. I tried it on then to figure out how long to make the sleeves, I went with a sort of traditional tshirt length. I almost went longer, but they just looked so cute that length. Again, I did a garter stitch border on those too.

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2 comments:

Lauren said...

Yayyy finally full length shots of your sweaters so I can see them! WOW They both look so NICE! Very professional looking. I love the seed stitch on the minimalist cardi, although that must have gotten tedious :-)

Nice job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jamie said...

I enjoyed reading about your thought process on designing the reused wool cardigan. Inspiring!