Saturday, March 31, 2007

Half Linen Finished!

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The Half Linen Cardigan is finished. A super quick and addictive project. Here's a close up:
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I had just enough yarn:
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Probably less than 2 yards left... I probably could've seamed it with that yarn, but I still think the lustersheen worked out better. Wool/mohair/silk might have been more annoying to sew with.

So let's do the project stats:
Pattern: Half Linen to Gold from the XRX publication Jackets for Work and Play
Yarn: Brooks Fiber Farm Riata (a heavy worsted weight hand dyed wool/mohair/silk yarn... can't say enough about how lovely this yarn is!)
Problems with the pattern: none that I found. Pretty straight forward
Changes to the pattern: the only change was doing a single crochet row, then a reverse single crochet row for the neck and front openings to save yarn.
Overall Impressions: I'm very happy with how this turned out. The pattern stitch was easy to do and works well with the subtle hand dyed yarn. The fiber content gives it a lovely drape. It is very cropped, only about 18" long, making more of a bolero than a cardigan, so I won't get as much use out of it as I would like. I would absolutely knit it again, but I'll buy 3 skeins of the Riata and lengthen the body 4" or so.

Sadly, I won't be wearing it anytime soon. It's also fairly warm. It's going to be nice in the colder months and I think I'll be looking (or making) a dress to go with it.

Okay, off to start finish something else!!!

6 comments:

  1. It's gorgeous! I can't wait to see it in person - though probably not at MD. ;-)

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  2. Beautiful- I love the soft colors.

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  3. I love it! The color is pretty too!

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  4. It looks great!!!! I like the shape of it on the dressmaker form. (Does she have a name?)

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