Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Swan Lake Cardigan Finished!

When I started this pattern, I wasn't expecting fabulous results, but I am thrilled with how it turned out!!

We took these pictures this morning before I left for work and right before Bill got in the shower. I caught him
just as he was getting in the shower, if you know what I mean. Well, he decided to bare it all outside while snapping these pics (even though I did offer my lovely pink robe). I couldn't help trying not to bust out laughing at what neighbors would think . . . fortunately, we have old ladies in the houses next to us and no children.

Anyway, here are the details:

Swan Lake Cardigan, by Joan McGowan-Michael, Interweave Knits Spring 2007

Yarn: Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece in Banana, just less than 4 whole skeins, size 3 circular bamboos

Size: I followed instructions for the smallest size, 33 1/2"

Modifications: I pretty much knit this one exactly as written. The only change was the middle section of the body. I knit the number of rows called for by the larger size because I wanted it to be longer. After years of knitting, I have finally realized I like my knits to be around 14" long before hitting the armhole shaping.

The only other change was that I could not get the gauge called for the in pattern. I went down to size 3's and still was getting 5 sts/inch, which is why I knit the smaller size. I figured it would come out closer to the 35" one, which I wanted, and I think it worked.

I worked an extra round of single crochet around all the borders before doing the rev sc, and I omitted the tulle.

Verdict: Oh, I really love this. It's so different from anything else I have and I love the puffy sleeves. They are so darling, if I do say so.

I got the buttons at Joann's with another project in mind, but when I put them up against the Swan Lake, I thought they went just perfectly.

After knitting this, I am ordering McGowan-Michael's Lingerie Style today. Her design was simple enough but so effective in its results. I can't wait to see what she's cooked up in her book.


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