April 18, 2005
I'm a brave woman for putting a hot iron to my wool
Let me tell you, the first time you're faced with a nearly square armhole opening, and a very rounded sleeve cap, there is a clear sense of panic. This is supposed to fit into that? Did I follow the instructions correctly? Then you squint one eye, make the other one itch by repetitive rubbing, and by touch and instinct only make it fit.
Pattern: Vintage Pink Cardigan by Norah Gaughan. Interweave Knits, Spring 2005.
Yarn: Louet Gems 100% superwash Merino, Opal (sportweight), color: Pink Panther (rarrrr!). Total of 5 skeins, 100 grams each ($54). This is all that remains:
Weight: 0.49 kg (makes sense, 5 x 100 g skeins). I mention this because this sweater is really heavy! My store-bought 100% wool sweaters, with even more fabric and coverage (longer sleeves, longer length, cowl-neck, etc.), of similar thickness, weigh only 0.30-0.35 kg! Why is that?
Needles: Cheapo Boye I got second-hand from eBay, US 3 and US 5. Needles are not everything.
Size: Hips: 33.5", waist: 32", bust: 37". Length to shoulder: 20.5".
Modifications: 13 pages of notes. 'Nuff said.
Time to finish: 7 weeks.
Genuine mother-of-pearl, antique buttons were purchased from Windsor Button. They are truly gorgeous.
Here's a more 'head on' shot to see the buttons:
How about the bust increases and the two sisters?
Whomp, there they are, securely contained! Did you know that this is the first cardigan that I own? I usually bust out of them, but I'm so happy with the way this one turned out. It definitely helps that the buttons are so close together, but the extra fabric in the bust area does most of the work, I think.
Finishing: I blocked the pieces individually by soaking them in cold water, rolling them in a few thirsty bath towels, then pinning them to my couch or my bed and letting them dry. I seamed them, then following Erin's suggestion, ironed the seams through a wet pillowcase to flatten them. It was very scary to put my iron to this wool, but it made all the difference. The seams are totally invisible on the outside now! And because I know knitters are reading this, and because I know what they really want to see, I have no fear showing you a close up of the seams, inside and out:
So, my friends, this is my first adult-sized sweater. What do you think? I'm very happy with how it turned out. Would I change anything? Not really. Maybe next time I'd try a different technique for the bust shaping to see how it compares.
Last, I'm completely freaked out. I wash my hands with soap before touching the sweater in any way, and I'm not sure how I can be convinced to wear it outside of the house.