View Full Version : FO: 'Gawdy' cardi...

07-23-2008, 03:16 PM
Been quite some time since I've posted anything here.

I wanted to make a cardi similar to something I'd seen on coldwatercreek.com. Got some technique insights from a FakeKlaralund sweater tut, did a sketch, swatched/calc'd some numbers and grabbed several of my recycled thrift sweater cottons. I wanted it unstructured and versatile enough to be paired with capris, slacks or long skirts and have a sleeve that provided coverage but wasn't too long given I'm in warm SoCal.

I'm a 'winter' so have lots of tops and bottoms (that I've made) whose colors (reds, navys, blacks, etc) are reflected in the yarns I used. I named the piece 'gawdy' because I've always worn simple solids, thus all those stripes feel like too much. Other than the 'V' of the neckline being a bit lower than I'd hoped (the weight of the cottons pull more than I allowed for so it has a slight empire silhouette) I was pleasantly surprised at how well it fits.

Took eight days to knit, one day to weave in the gazillion ends. The most arduous part was determining how many 'threads' of each yarn to combine for a fairly even worsted weight, throughout, for each stripe and the various transitions. (Those who recycle know about unplied cottons.)

It's rather fun and artsy. I'm still debating adding afterthought pockets (can't live w/o pockets!).

A few more related pics on Rav and flickr

07-23-2008, 03:20 PM

07-23-2008, 03:30 PM
WOW! The sweater is stunning. I love the fact that you did the pattern by yourself. When I "grow up", I want to be able to do that.


07-23-2008, 05:16 PM
Very impressive! I would definately throw on at least one pocket. I can't live without pockets:muah:

07-23-2008, 05:50 PM
Mulderknitter...I think my affection for pockets dates back to my many decades of living in the Mpls area. Gotta have 'em for cold hands...and tissues. ;)


Jan in CA
07-23-2008, 06:47 PM
That's very cool! I love how you did the color joins!

07-23-2008, 07:21 PM
Thanks, Jan. You're referring to the transitions? I started by just doing standard stripes but the starkness of that look was too delineated so thought it better to soften them. I didn't have any method to the order of colors so just grabbed what I thought should go next. LOL I also wasn't sure if I'd like the horizontal over the mid-section/derriere but, interestingly, it looks fine.


07-23-2008, 07:41 PM
Mulderknitter...I think my affection for pockets dates back to my many decades of living in the Mpls area. Gotta have 'em for cold hands...and tissues. ;)

Ha ha! I have to have pockets for cold hands! Also tissues, chapstick, car keys, etc. funny!:roflhard:

07-23-2008, 07:59 PM
I really like it...can be worn with a multitude of colors and very comfortable! Great job!!!

07-23-2008, 08:06 PM
Wonderful sweater! I agree -- when I grow up, I want to design patterns myself

07-23-2008, 10:01 PM
I am so blown away that you were able to look at an existing garment and then recreate it! :cheering:

I aspire to do what you just did!

My vote is for pockets!

07-23-2008, 10:07 PM
Mulderknitter...yes, the requisite tissues during hay fever season in MN. A place for the keys is a must! My mother was a diabetic so we always had pieces of candy in our pockets if her blood sugar acted up.


07-23-2008, 10:13 PM
DeAnzaJig, the sweater is so unstructured, save for just a bit of neck shaping and some increases on the sides, it's not much more then a couple of oddly shaped scarves, grafted to form the back, and then the bottom is worked as one big rectangle (sts picked up under the 'sleeves').

Unlike traditional sweaters, where you 'see' sleeve shaping, and have garment parts with a shape, there was some wishful thinking on this that the FO would somehow fit. ;)

Thanks for your 'pocket' vote!


07-24-2008, 05:18 AM
You did a great job. love the colour transitions as well.
This is one of my favorite things about KH and Ravelry, to see peoples own interpretations of patterns and ideas. and the fact that everybody is lovely and helpful

07-24-2008, 07:33 AM
Wow, beautiful sweater! I'm so impressed with your design skill.

Wanda Witch
07-24-2008, 12:20 PM
This is a word I seldom use but am now 'Awesome.' What a beautiful job and ooutshines Coldwater Creek's sweater by a long shot. I envy your talent.

07-24-2008, 12:48 PM
That came out really well, and I love the colors you used, kind of all season. Well, maybe not in the L.A. area, but here it would be.

So, do I understand that you found thrift store sweaters, frogged them, and then used the wool for this one? Amazing!

07-24-2008, 01:33 PM
So, do I understand that you found thrift store sweaters, frogged them, and then used the wool for this one? Amazing!

I only harvest cotton/cotton blends (were I still in MN I'd be going for actual wool!). It's a very cheap way of getting yarn but working with it is a bit different (all those funky threads). I have a small spindle but it's not able to handle the amt of yarn I net from the sweaters I frog.

Just a guess....but the net cost of this cardi is probably about $2...if that. (And I used a button from my button jar.)

For those of us who recycle there's something rather satisfying and enjoyable (almost 'Zen' like! LOL) about deconstructing and then recycling the fibers into something else.


07-24-2008, 03:01 PM
Wow, I am impressed! That is such a cool top! I love the color joins! Is this your first design?
Would love to see a picture of it being worn..
Great job! Are you going to make the pattern available?

07-24-2008, 04:02 PM
Is this your first design?

No. But probably the first where I had zero clue what the FO would fit like or I'd even like it. And not the kind of yarn that is conducive to being frogged (all those short threads).

Are you going to make the pattern available?

A fellow knitter on Rav asked me to write one. Giving it some thought.


07-24-2008, 04:08 PM
Cam, that is just beautiful. You did a great job with the pattern. I understand about you feeling it is "gawdy", since you are used to solids, but it is perfect. It will go with your solid pants/shirts, and shirts that go under it.

I love it!!

07-24-2008, 04:16 PM
I understand about you feeling it is "gawdy", since you are used to solids

Thanks, Merigold. When I tried it on I fully expected my reaction would be "My eyes! My eyes!!" LOL All those colors and all those stripes. But the list of what it goes with is growing. Who knew!? It might become a fave.


07-24-2008, 04:43 PM
It looks great, talk about comfort foods, that is a comfort sweater. I love the design.

07-24-2008, 05:09 PM
that is a comfort sweater

And it'll conveniently hide the effects of indulging those comfort foods. ;)


07-24-2008, 06:04 PM
I wondered if you made this all out of recycled yarns. Now that I know you did I am doubly impressed and in love with this sweater. You are a girl after my own heart. $2.00. :heart: cloud9

07-24-2008, 06:22 PM
Merigold, some of us with those 'non-existent' knitting budgets do what we have to do! Using recycled also helps appease the angst of projects not turning out. I don't feel so bed when things go majorly awry.

Tried to take a pic of myself in the cardi. Apologies for the shaky blurs. (Only so much PhotoShop can do. ;) )


07-25-2008, 03:31 AM
I LOVE IT! Wonderful work! I made something similarly striped about 2 years ago...but took the easy route...using NORO self striping yarn...and wear the devil out of it! With skirts, with jeans...it seems like I throw it on over everything!

Great work! You are a very accomplished knitter! You did yours the artistic way!