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Old 07-23-2008, 03:16 PM   #1
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FO: 'Gawdy' cardi...
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!).

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Old 07-23-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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Old 07-23-2008, 03:30 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 07-23-2008, 05:16 PM   #4
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Very impressive! I would definately throw on at least one pocket. I can't live without pockets
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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.

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That's very cool! I love how you did the color joins!
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:21 PM   #7
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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.

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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.

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Ha ha! I have to have pockets for cold hands! Also tissues, chapstick, car keys, etc. funny!
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I really like it...can be worn with a multitude of colors and very comfortable! Great job!!!
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Wonderful sweater! I agree -- when I grow up, I want to design patterns myself
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