Finished: Easy Lace Cardigan

I decided this would be my last summer project:

Easy Lace Cardigan by Barbara Khouri
Easy Lace Cardigan by Barbara Khouri

Andrea visited me today thinking to get a bit of advice on something she was in the throws of sewing up….

Easy Lace Cardigan modelled by Andrea
Easy Lace Cardigan modelled by Andrea

Little did she know what was in store:

Easy Lace Cardigan designed by Barbara Khouri
Easy Lace Cardigan designed by Barbara Khouri

as she spent half an hour in the garden being my model….

Easy Lace Cardigan
Easy Lace Cardigan

Pattern Easy Lace Cardigan by Barbara Khouri, only available online at Patternfish This is a simple lace project – monotonous after a while, so definitely TV watching is in order for the duration. On the other hand, I am still so uncomfortable with lace knitting of even the simplest kind that this was maybe just what I needed for the practice of recognising what I was doing and dealing with the odd mistake. The layout of the instructions goes out of its way to be helpful, by the way.
Yarn Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere in teal. My early yarn purchases were almost all mistakes and this was one of them. Well, half of one. I bought 2 packets of it, tried one, gave away the whole packet and kept this one. I didn’t enjoy knitting with it one bit and it is certainly not suitable for a pattern with lace. Although I stuck with the recommended gauge I can’t help feeling that a looser gauge would have been a good thing. It’s as stiff as a board at the moment. Maybe washing it will help.
Modifications The instructions have this knitted in pieces. I thought maybe it would be better done in one piece, given that it might be hard to sew up the lacy sides. I separated it at the point where I wanted the armhole to start. Easy. For the sleeve caps I also ignored the instruction to knit these straight and then sew on. I sewed the shoulders and then picked up stitches around the armhole, knitted down. The bottom was seriously curling on this, so I decided to add a few rows of garter stitch to the bottom and also the arms. I think it fits in style-wise and looks maybe a bit more finished.
Thoughts Undecided on this one. It looks great on Andrea, not so sure about on me!

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Finished: Wharf ‘n’ Weave by Ilga Leja

Update: hey, I have better pics now that I have my photographer on the job….

Wharf 'n' Weave
Wharf 'n' Weave

Now that it is on, I am even happier with it!

Wharf 'n' Weave...another fabulous Ilga Leja pattern
Wharf 'n' Weave...another fabulous Ilga Leja pattern

As you can see, I’ve gone for a colour scheme not so different from that first envisioned by the designer herself:

Wharf and Weave by Ilga Leja
Wharf and Weave by Ilga Leja

You can get it as a download here and also as a hard copy here.

My pictures scarcely do justice to the original vision, but still, I am SO pleased with this.

Wharf and Weave in Jo Sharp Soho Cotton and Jaeger Sienna
Wharf and Weave in Jo Sharp Soho Cotton and Jaeger Sienna

NB: I can’t take credit for this, it was the work of wonder knitter Jan Jonas.

Front view
Front view

It is knitted in Jo Sharp Soho Cotton.

Closeup of detail
Closeup of detail

Possible disaster: the Sienna cotton ran a little, but maybe must meaning the oyster has just a teensy pink tinge to it.

Even the inside looks neat....
Even the inside looks neat....

Jan reports no problems with this pattern and said it was easy to pick up mistakes once you were into the swing of it.

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I am now thinking of a winter one in totally different colours. We’ll see….

Summer Swing Top

I don’t know if I should hate this or not….but I’ve learned from it.

Summer Swing Top
Summer Swing Top

I really didn’t know how I was going to do the neck/shoulders. Having decided to cast off boob-tube style and add straps I changed to garter stitch for the last rows and went down in needle size from about 4 to 2.5. I hope this is enough to keep it from stretching too much, given garter stitch’s proclivities. We shall see!

Summer Swing Top
Summer Swing Top

As you can see from the pics I’ve made a hog’s dinner out of sewing on the straps.

The lace is taken from a pattern, the link to which I’ve forgotten but will add when I stumble across it.

Lace close-up
Lace close-up

The chosen colours are ones used by Jo Sharp for a table runner in one of her books: I love the combination.

Ilga Leja Sea Urchin finished

I don’t know that Jan is a lace girl, but she enjoyed knitting this one once she got the hang of it: Sea Urchin . Yes, I am a snivelling coward who should have done it myself.

The yarn is Handmaiden Seasilk from One Planet. What a shame the Aussie dollar has crashed compared with the US – would I love to order more of this stuff. Of the 2 100g skeins purchased, there is 3/4 of a skein left and that was for the small size. So – doing a bit of economic rationalising here – even with the bad exchange rate, really it is not an extravagant purchase.

I bought a couple of skeins of the Swiss Mountain cashmere and silk at the same time – exquisite.

Sea Urchin by Ilga Lega
Sea Urchin by Ilga Lega

Like others who have knitted this, you’ll find you want to knit another whole repeat for the sleeves, they just aren’t long enough otherwise….and I’ve got short arms.

Closeup of Sea Urchin
Closeup of Sea Urchin

The person standing next to me, by the way, is my old school friend Mary…all the way from Colorado…and looking like she’s still dressed for the winter there!

Mary (left) and Cathy