Contrast

§ April 28th, 2008 § Filed under sweaters § 6 Comments

Remember Currer? Well, it made it up the back but no further. My angst over the Wicked vest’s fit and a weekend of wallowing in I’m-fat-and-nothing-fits-me-well cemented my suspicion that however ingenious the pattern, the empire line under the bust and the fan-like cutaways were not going to be flattering. I decided to use the Cascade Eco+ yarn for another, very different pattern instead.

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This is the famous “Ribby Cardi” pattern by Bonne Marie Burns, which I bought a long time ago. The pattern is top-notch, and Bonne Marie gives excellent and prompt pattern support on Ravelry. I am making the 37-38″ version, and using a 1×1 rib buttonband instead of a zipper (irrational fear of inserting zippers, don’t ask), and making the body in one piece. Everything going swimmingly so far, and I really hope it will be done before the end of May. For the sleeves, I bought a contrast skein of Cascade Eco+ in 8493 (the rust shade for the body is 0958). I am using size 7 needles throughout to get the stated gauge of 4.75 spi! It’s a tad tight while knitting, but the fabric is fine.

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Thanks for all the tips on shrinking my vest, y’all. After staying in the doghouse over the weekend, it is going to be tumble dried this evening, then followed by another wash and block if that doesn’t work. Let’s hope it behaves.

And now, alas, I cannot avoid work any longer. Two more weeks of classes before this incredibly long and painful semester draws to a close, and I swear, I am going to weep with relief after my last class.

6 Responses to “Contrast”

  • Mary says:

    Ohhhhh oh ohh oh, love the style of the “ribby cardi” ribbed cardigan. I have wanted to make that forever. What a great pattern. I bought it ages ago. When I get over my fear of sweaters it is first on my list. I’m so glad you are making this. It’s like having a big sister test the waters ahead of you. And the contrast color you picked is cool.

    I will be joining you for the tears-or-relief session when this semester is over. It has been, hands down, the l.o.n.g.e.s.t semester ever. I have been mounting two new courses this semester. Eeee gads — barely staying one step ahead of any given day’s classes — most lectures being hot off the press minutes before class begins. Living dangerously close to the wire all the time. Two more weeks! two more weeks to peace and calm… and spacious time.

  • Stella says:

    That pattern will look great in those colors, I think. You seem to be built roughly similarly to me, and I’ve always thought the Ribby Cardi would be a flattering shape, just never got around to knitting it. Can’t wait to seemore!

  • Ruth says:

    That’s a good pattern. Looking forward to seeing how it comes out!

  • Preeti says:

    I love Bonne Marie’s patterns, great fit, minimal seaming and nifty tips on ravelry. The yarn you’re using seems so squishy yummy!! Lovely colors:)

  • femiknitter says:

    Glad you found a pattern that you’re more comfortable with. No sense in making knitting painful/frustrating when it doesn’t have to be, right?

  • mazhalai says:

    Oh i love the colors you have chosen.
    Hope your semester ends well and soon!!

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