Sunday, December 02, 2007

Eyelet Cardigan


I started this sweater in August when I was home in Tennessee for a few weeks. Mom and I went yarn shopping, and they had this sweater knit up in this color on a model. I fell in love with it instantly and had to make it - in that exact colorway. (Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton in Pickle) Of course, that yarn store was out of my color. So, I called my trusty yarn store in Lansing, and they shipped the yarn out to me immediately.

I was so excited. I cast on immediately, and then the project went on the back burner when school started. I need instant gratification during the semester, it seems. I finally finished it a few weeks ago, and I really like the turnout, although I have something funky going on at the sleeves that needs some repairs. It's too wide & likes to fall off the shoulders a lot. The 80's Flashdance look is so out right now.

I made some modifications from the original pattern. The sleeves and the body were supposed to be cropped, but I made the body long enough to cover my belly and the sleeves are 3/4 length.
I used wooden buttons that I picked up from Jo-Ann's. They aren't anything too special, but I figured that the eyelet pattern had enough "umph" to handle plain buttons. Plus, sometimes simple is better.

Ironically, I'm currently working on Tomato and it's in the exact same color, only a different yarn. Apparently I really, really like green lately.

Final Specs:
Pattern:
Blue Sky Alpacas Eyelet Cardigan, $4.50
Yarn: 7 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Dyed Cotton, $66.50
Needles: Size 7 circs
Time: August-November off & on knitting

13 comments:

Elaine said...

Hi Amanda,

It looks great! Congrats on finishing. You must be getting close to finals now - lots of luck. Remember your knitting friends are out here cheering for you.

Jen said...

Oh, that sweater is so pretty! I love it!

Amy said...

It looks great! I'm still dying to see an action shot, though. :)

Shelley said...

This sweater is SO gorgeous! Good eye! I like the 3/4 sleeves better than the cropped, too.

Opal said...

All that hard work really paid off in results. The sweater looks fabulous.

Kim said...

Aaahh --- Angel Hair. I'm so there when we're home for Christmas. . .

Kathy said...

Ooh, purty. I love the color. For a while there I didn't have anything but green, white and black in the closet. I branched out after being accused of being a leprechaun with a growth disorder.

Donna said...

My favorite color is green, and what a beauty your sweater is...it is lovely.

NH Knitting Mama said...

The color is beautiful, and you did wonderful work on the pattern. Terrific!

mari said...

It looks great, and green is a wonderful color! I am loving it right now, too. Along with orange!

Sarah said...

Ahhhh! So cute! So painfully cute!
Glad you got home okay. It was great seeing you.

Shelley said...

Mama said she loves this sweater. She was really impressed with it and said it looked like a professional knitter had made it. :)

hakucho said...

Your sweater is so pretty...very nice work.

Lots of happy knitting in 2008 :)