Wednesday, 30 March 2011

A little bit of zigging and a little bit of zagging

striped featherweight

I've been making steady progress on my cashmere featherweight cardigan, knit in my Purple Label Cashmere sock yarn in colourways sand and shadow. I'm knitting it in wide, almost 3" stripes. I'm loving the way that the colours are working together. I opted to do a seed stitch hem and a seed stitch button band (although there are no buttons... is it still called a button band?) to avoid curling and hopefully add a little bit of structure to the edges of the fabric so they fall and drape nicely. It's a lot of stockinette stitch at a pretty fine gauge, I didn't know I had it in me to knit such a fine sweater, but after the success of my Wispy, I'm feeling like anything is possible! At this point, with the body done and only two sleeves left to knit, I'm worried that I've made the sweater too big for me... but I'm going to just plow through, hope that blocking magically makes it fit me exactly the way that I want it to, and if it doesn't... it'll become a show sample.

grape juice baby sweater

Next up, another little purple baby sweater (the first one was briefly blogged about here, still no buttons!) I came across this zigzag lace stitch pattern and fell in love. I knit this sweater from the top down. I used the lace stitch on all four raglan "seams" as well as on the front flanking the button band. To make this sweater a little more feminine (since it was already pretty feminine with the lace detail) I added picot hems to the bottom and the sleeves. I think I'll knit another sweater using the exact same template, but with a more boy appropriate cable in place of the lace and garter stitch hems in place of the picot edge. If all goes well and I can figure out how to go about sizing baby sweaters I'll write up the pattern for you all to try! This little grape-juicy number took about 75g of Purple Label Cashmere sock yarn (in grape of course) and by my estimation would fit a 0-3 month old baby. But don't hold me to that! I need to do a bit more research on the whole baby size thing, I'm told they come in many different shapes and sizes and I'm not sure that standards really exist...

merino-silk singles cowl

And lastly for today, remember this luscious skein of merino-silk singles I showed you last week? Well, I told you I fell hard for that lacy zigzag cable stitch. I wanted a quick, straight forward project to test this sample skein of yarn that I had (it's a new base that I'm considering... thoughts?) and when I couldn't find a pattern that matched exactly what I had in mind I just improvised and came up with this! Very simple, very chic. The silk in the yarn really gives nice drape and shine! Any interest in this pattern? It's very simple, I'd be happy to share.

23 comments:

  1. I love the cowl and baby sweater and would love the pattern. I love your yarn and the colours. I was knitting on a sock while waiting to pick up my kids at school and so many of the moms were oohing over the colour (flower studies). I use 8" addi turbos for my socks and love them. Keep up the great work.

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  2. Yes, would love the pattern!

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  3. I would love the pattern also - it reminds me of spring (and with a nor'easter heading our way tomorrow night, I need all the reminders of spring I can get). The color of the yarn is beautiful - I immediately thought of lilacs!

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  4. Hi Tanis,

    I absolutely love all your colours. Please write up the baby sweater pattern as soon as you can, it's beautiful!!!

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  5. Your FW looks gorgeous & I love the colors combination. That stitch pattern will look great on a pair of socks or mittens.

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  6. Let me reiterate my Ravelry request for the cowl pattern! :-) And the silky yarn *does* look lovely!

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  7. I love that cowl, every little thing about it! The color choices for each of your projects are absolutely beautiful btw!

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  8. The lilac colorway and the yarn base are gorgeous! Very springy. Yes on the ziggy lace pattern, please!

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  9. Tanis: LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the lacy cable pattern and can visualize LOTS of applications. Also looking forward to the published baby sweaters. If you manage to figure out the sizing, it would be great to get them in larger sizes as well. Thanks for sharing! ~knittincat@aol.com

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  10. lovely, lovely and lovely!

    i'd love the cowl pattern and one for the baby sweater, too. (should you decide to brave baby-sizing, i'm sure you'll find many of us who would thank you. and some of us... including me... would be happy to test knit it for you in various sizes and even different yarn weights. just say the word.)

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  11. awesome. I love the baby sweater design and especially the color. I think I'm gonna have to find some of that yarn in my mail box asap- for I have a 5yo who would just love to dive into the grapey goodness!

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  12. cashmere cardigan-- ooh, that's going to be so amazing to wear!! that cowl is stunning- you should totally write up the pattern.

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  13. I am drooling over the gorgeous colors of your projects!!!

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  14. I love the cowl pattern and color. Yummy!

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  15. love the baby sweater and the blanket and would really love the pattern. Thanks

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  16. Thank you for offering the pattern to you beautiful sweater. I have several babies in my future that need to be wrapped in your wonderful creation. Love the blanket too.

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  17. I'd love the pattern, too! It's lovely with that yarn... such shine and drape!

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  18. I'm totally amazed at how quickly you can create a sweater. I wish I could knit that fast. These are absolutely beautiful.

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  19. I would love a copy of the pattern. It looks like perfect gift knitting...and of course one for myself!

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  20. Tanis, you are amazing! I am continually impressed with your creativity. Keep it up.

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  21. LOVE the idea of silk-merino yarn in TFA colours... could be dangerous for the pocketbook though. the baby sweater is adorable, the details you incorporated make it really special

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  22. Yes please post the pattern. It's lovely!

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  23. Yes please may I have the pattern? Gorgeous!!!

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