Friday, March 21, 2008


My version of the Poetry in Stitches cardigan on page 122. I made it out of Morehouse Merino laceweight (3 skeins of natural black, and 5.5 skeins of the contrast color) on size US 1 needles. I lengthened it (a lot), made it symmetrical, followed Elizabeth Zimmermann's directions for a circular set-in sleeve (found in Knitting Workshop), and after using Dawn Brocco's beautiful sewn steek, realized that hooks and eyes weren't going to work, and sewed up the steek after all.

Although it was stiff and bumpy during knitting, after washing it became soft and acquired a beautiful drape. I neglected to include the neck border chart, and instead just picked up stitches up the body and around the neck, and finished with the picot border that was done on the hems of the body and sleeves.

The inside-out view. I originally wanted the main color to be the pink, and the contrast to be the black, but couldn't stomach the idea of having dead, black plants on a sweater. At least not when it's almost Spring.

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