Thursday, 1 December 2011

Cardigan modifications

Cardigan in progress by Asplund
Cardigan in progress, a photo by Asplund on Flickr.
The cardigan I am making for a colleague is growing fairly quickly in spite of the thin needles (never used 2 mm for a sweater before) and I'm happy with my modifications now that I see how the turn out:

  • Single strands and 2 mm needles instead of double strands and 3 mm.
  • Green and blue pears near the picot edge instead of yellow pearls among the mustard leaves.
  • Simpler, straighter, mustard leaves (to make it easier to knit).
  • Mustard leaves going in opposite directions from the centre of the back section (see right corner in photo above) instead of travelling round in a circle; I want the leaves to meet in front.
  • Main pattern also simpler with straighter leaves and the big flowers turned into smaller ones alternating with stars, echoing a sweater I knitted in the late 90s.

Thanks for encouraging comments on my previous post! In particular I took christinelaennec's words about supporting economy to heart :) Guess what I did yesterday? Right. Some more support by purchasing a Hanne Falkenland vest kit I've had my eyes on for quite a while. Those Danes are incredible - such an eye for details and ingenious constructions. The yarn is quite lovely too: a strand of indigo cotton wrapped around a strand of lamb's wool.

4 comments:

Kyle Kunnecke said...

That is tiny yarn and those are tiny needles! It's looking really nice! I hope your friend appreciates the true gift received when it's a handknit piece from you!

Asplund said...

Good to hear from you, Kyle! My friend Natasha is happy with it, and we're having a swap: art for a cardigan. I'm going to her studio tomorrow, free to choose :)

christinelaennec said...

That is lovely. I particularly like the beads, and also how you've made the leaves go in opposite directions. (Glad if I helped you justify your purchases!)

Annie said...

I have seen pictures of this before, what a lucky friend you have, but a fair trade for the gorgeous artwork in the post above. You must have the patience of a saint!

My knitting has been sadly neglected of late. I miss it, and all the more so for catching up on your lovely knitterly posts!