Sunday, June 7, 2009

Well, that wasn't so hard after all.


Just 19 days later, Vera's done. And just as I'd hoped, working on something completely new helped me get back in the saddle on the old stuff, too--I'm making progress already and should be done with at least one of those projects by the end of the week, or maybe even sooner. I'm in a better groove with my "real" work, too. Things are looking up! (Including me, apparently, in this picture. Suggestions on how I could look ANY dorkier are always welcome, har har.) Thanks to those who made supportive and thoughtful suggestions on the whole feeling-bleh-about-working situation--it totally helped!

So, a word or two about Vera: This is a sort of remake, as I mentioned--same yarn, same stitch patterns, but with some structural changes/fixes and subtle improvements. It's worked with only two seams, one across each top shoulder, so finishing is really minimal. The body is in one piece up to the underarms, where the sleeves (worked separately) are joined, decreased on right-side rows up to the cap, and then the fronts and back are worked separately with the sleeve cap stitches decreased in seamlessly. The collar is squared off in the back, sort of like a sailor collar, and worked flat in one piece across the fronts and back neck after the body and sleeves are done. I've left the front open, but fastened it with a pin; it could be belted, snapped or buttoned if you feel you need closure. More pics and some additional pattern details are on Ravelry...

(If you are interested in test-knitting this for a larger size (44-54" bust), let me know! It'd take about 14 balls of Rowan Calmer, but there's no deadline.)

5 comments:

Steven said...

Gorgeous!

Laura Sue said...

Hi! I'm your stalker. I would totally knit this. I wear about a 44 meself. And I've never knit with Calmer. But don't EVER tell me "no deadline." Give me one and I can meet it. Without one...oy.

Sisters with Letters said...

If you still need a test knitter, I'd love to work on this in the 44. I actually have lots of Calmer that's been sitting around (calmly) waiting for a project!

Anne Lindenfeld said...

This is just lovely. Thanks for designing such a beautiful cardigan -- with minimal sewing!

When will the pattern be available?

Maryanne said...

I love this sweater and need to have it. I will test knit, beg or pay for the pattern. Just let me know what you want. LOVE IT.
Maryanne