Wednesday, June 6, 2012

In my defence

At least I'm finishing something, if not my turquoise wool dress.

Gray Harmony
Here is my latest knitting project, which I think is quite successful.

It's made from a blend of 70% silk, 30% linen acquired from ColourMart.  The gauge is about 30 stitches to 10cm (4") so there are about a millionty-million stitches in this puppy.

It was an adventure from the beginning because I used a pattern available only in French found on Ravelry (it's called Harmony; look it up if you are a member).  Though it had been on the site for several years, nobody had posted about making it.

Harmony
The first challenge was to translate and understand the pattern.  This involved some e-mails with the designer who was very responsive and helpful.

The second challenge was to decide if the pattern as written would actually work in my yarn.  I decided it wouldn't so I set out to adjust on the fly.

The third, of course, was the actual knitting.  It took just over six weeks.  

Things I did differently from the pattern:  chose a different fibre with different properties; increased the number of stitches; changed the cabled rib pattern a little bit; knit in the round to eliminate seaming as much as possible; adjusted the shaping to create the cowl; added i-cord binding at the arms to improve the finish.  It's a good thing I'm apparently fearless.

All that said, it looks quite a lot like the picture on the Ravelry pattern page, so I'm very satisfied.


19 comments:

  1. That is very pretty, I love it.

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  2. Really lovely. I especially love the cable accent, but then I love the neckline drape as well. I guess I really like the whole thing!!

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  3. those cables are beautiful and so flattering -- the way they curve is wonderful and so clever!

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  4. Oh my gosh this is GORgeous! I can't even imagine making something like this - way to knit!

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  5. Yes, this IS quite lovely, and it flatters you so nicely. Good work.

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  6. This is truly stunning, and an amazing accomplishment, very well done!

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  7. I love the shaping to it, it's very flattering. Silk linen must feel just wonderful.

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  8. My fingers can feel how smooth and luxurious that yarn must be. Beautiful design on you.

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous and so flattering.

    Lois K

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  10. Fantastic and so you as they say.

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  11. So pretty! I am just learning how to knit. I must say your creations are a real inspiration.

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  12. Never mind talent and result ;) what I admire most is your enormous patience. Six weeks!!!!!! Wow.

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  13. Ouf ! Quel travail de minutie. Le r├ęsultat est renversant. Ce haut est magnifique. Avec un pantalon couleur lin naturel, il me semble que l'effet serait d'un chic fou... si la couleur que je vois est la bonne. Bravo Kay !

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  14. Wow. This is so classy and elegant. I never thought I may consider taking up knitting; inspired!

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