Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Fleurette lace sweater

Since the weather is starting to get colder, this will probably be my last Summer sweater. I wanted to design something pretty and feminine that could be worn with jeans for casual occasions, or with a skirt for more formal occasions. The yarn I used is a cotton, linen, and rayon blend. The lace pattern for the sweater is a french lace pattern called Fleurette. For the sleeves, I used a type of faggoting called Rick Rib. The use of short rows shape the cap sleeves. There is a ruffle at the hip for ease in fit. When I was knitting this sweater I wanted to shape the waist, but I didn't want to mess with my stitch count and throw off the pattern. So I changed needle sizes for the waist shaping. Since this yarn is so drapey, it didn't shape the waist as much as I wanted. To fix this I made an i-cord drawstring and wove it through the lace pattern at the waist. I did a picot bindoff for the neckline, sleeves, and at the bottom of the ruffle.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Eyelet wrap cardigan

I love wrap cardigans. I actually tried to design one about a year and a half ago, but I had just started designing and it didn't come out right. So I finally got up the courage to try it again and this is what I came up with. I used Rowan 4-ply cotton yarn. The allover stitch pattern is a quatrefoil eyelet. The edgings and the side ties are done in a feather faggoting pattern. This took me about a month to make because I am a bit of a perfectionist and I frogged it out a couple dozen times. It was worth it though, because I am very happy with the end result.