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WIP: Laila's Ruffle Edge Springtime Cardi!
I usually post FO's...but thought I'd share something I'm 'designing'!

I started out with wanting to use a bag of Stash Yarn. Turchese Egyptian Cotton. An Ebay purchase from years ago. You know how that goes! It was good price, but, what to do with it???

Well, I knew it would be for a baby, or little kid.

Anyways, matching the "yardage-on-hand" with a "pattern-in-a-book" is IMPOSSIBLE sometimes. Then, you have to factor in the gauge needed, the size of the kid, and the problems go on and on. Sometimes I think this is why YARN JAIL has so many permanent residents!

Anyway, with the use of the SWEATER WIZARD, I've found a way to use ANY YARN for ANY STYLE sweater.

1) choose your yarn
2) choose a 'pattern stitch'
3) choose a needle size that likes your pattern stitch & yarn
4) swatch
5) enter the swatch detail into the SWEATER WIZARD, and at the same time, selecting the style of the sweater and the size in the SWEATER WIZARD!

VOILA! The Wizard delivers a blueprint for you to follow. Complete with schematics.

Anyway, I'm making a Crew Neck Cardigan for my little granddaughter. Since I chose to use the 'petite bell ruffle' from Nicky Epsteins's book KNITTING ON THE EDGE, I elected to knit this little cardigan ALL IN ONE PIECE up to the armhole shaping, at which time the FRONTS and BACK part company and are knitted individually, one at a time, using the basic pattern directions for the armhole regions.

So this is where I'm at! Later today, I will make the sleeves, and they too will have the petite bell ruffle edging! BTW: the eyelet row was my own creation, not included in Nicky's petite bell ruffle pattern.

It is a child's size, and the BACK is about 14.5" from bottom of ruffle to top of neck in this photo.

See how wonky the st st is? Drives me batty. Anyway, blocking will remove all the wonkiness. Been there, done that!

Ended up working short rows over some of the seed stitch buttonband rows. Seed stitch worked together with st st on the same rows wants to 'warp' or 'bow'. Adding the extra rows within just the 6st seed stitch prevents the warp. I added rows using the short row technique on rows 31, 33, 35, 39, 41. I wish I had realized it was gonna warp before row 31...I would have worked the short rows much sooner, but I caught it in time. The warp is gone.

The black threads are row markers. This ensures a mirror image amongst all pieces for the armhole shaping.

If you don't yet own Nicky Epstein's KNITTING ON THE EDGE...and are unsure if it is worth the investment...fear no longer! It is worth it! Her books are THE ABSOLUTE BEST!
I think I have 5 or 6 now. All the 'EDGE' books, Knitted Embellishments, and Knitted Flowers. Maybe one more. I forget the name!

April 21 UPDATE! Blocking really really really improved the st st!
Dry, and ready to seam!
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