Thursday, June 24, 2010

audrey (not in unst)

it's been so long since i did a proper blog post - so long, that i've actually managed to finish two full garments. here's the first one - and my first time knitting a big project with one of my own yarns!

audrey 2

project specs:
started: 21st march 2010
completed: 18th may 2010
pattern: "audrey in unst" by gudrun johnson, available from twist collective
needles: 3.5mm & 3.75mm addi circulars
yarn: old maiden aunt alpaca/silk sportweight in a "dyer's mistake" colourway; 375g/1050 yards
modifications: practically none! i added about 1" in length to both the body & the sleeves, between the ribbing section & the shaping (which also meant that i had to add extra buttonholes & extra buttons). i made the 40.5" bust size, which fits perfectly, with about 1.5" of negative ease (so i'm hoping that it will still fit after my weight-loss phase is over!).
the pattern is excellent - quite easy to knit, but with some lovely, thoughtful details which make it look really well-finished & clean. there's a beautifully simple lace bib & a tidy little icord neck edging - and then there's something that i can't believe i didn't know about before...

audrey 1

...seamless set-in sleeves. they're fantastic! i love the look & fit of set-in sleeves, but i hate hate HATE sewing them in - i had no idea that you could work them seamlessly, using picked-up stitches & short-rows, and i'll definitely be using this technique on future cardigans!!

audrey 3


Flavaknits said...

What a lovely cardi! And I love the seamless sleeves too.


Cadence said...

What a beautiful cardigan you have there! It looks so soft, and it's feeding my itch to knit a sweater! The set in sleeves are very cool, and I love the buttons! Great work, and you look fabulous, by the way!!

danièle said...

Hey, seems that your program is working wonderfully well ! You look great ! Ta-da indeed ;0)

Lovely knitting also !

You are in many ways inspirational.

Roobeedoo said...

Gorgeous! I want one!

Ghislaine said...

Beautiful,very good fitting!