Lacy diamonds top

Remember the Lacy hearts cardigan that I ended up frogging? I used the same base pattern to make a top this time, with the same yarn that I used for the textured shawl that I posted about recently.

Lacy Diamonds Top
I knit two pieces for this top — the front and the back — and used whip stitch to join them. The top is a bit loose at the armholes, but I’m going to do some more sewing to tighten it up. (I’ve gotten a bit lazy and haven’t finished tightening yet.) The hems of this top are garter stitches, with the bottom edge being wider than the rest.

Lacy Diamonds Top
My original design had much shorter lines of diamonds, but I’m glad I decided to make them this long. To remind me of the Lacy hearts cardigan, I also added one single diamond on the back, in between the shoulder blades. I’m so elated that I finished at least one Lacy hearts project! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Diamond Yoke Pullover — done!

It’s done! My simple beginner yoke sweater. Well, it’s been done for a while now, I just hadn’t written about it… Here’s how it looks on me —

Diamond Yoke pullover

A very high-contrast picture indeed! ๐Ÿ˜› Regardless of the quality of the picture, I’m happy with how the project itself turned out. I stopped working on the sleeves before they could reach the wrists, so it’s more like a top than a pullover; but hey, I’d had enough of working — twice — with this inflexible (figuratively speaking) yarn so anything that looked decently wearable was good enough for me.

Though I speak as if I would kick this yarn out the first chance I get, it’s really not that bad a yarn if I think about it. (Or maybe I just feel that because everything looks funny, or at least harmless, in hindsight.) So just to prove to myself that the yarn is actually a nice little obedient one, I made an extra something from the leftover. But more on that later. I’ll concentrate on the sweater now.

I really like how the design has turned out. (Probably because it’s my own design, hehe…) Remember how I said in my previous post that I’d started out this pattern as a cable pattern, and decided to make the reverse side as the front? So yeah, I just knit it on the wrong side to keep things simple for myself. So it’s mostly purl stitches in this knit-in-the-round pullover.

Diamond Yoke pullover -- sleeve, hip

I’d originally intended to keep the bottom of the pullover simple and without a pattern, but seeing from experience how this yarn does not show designs very well, it made sense to add a row there. Of course, the sleeves got their due share of the pattern too.

I made the neck wide, and that shaped out well. I finished the piece with garter stitch borders. It’s simple, but I think it’s effective for this piece.

Diamond Yoke pullover -- neck

One would think that the season for sweaters is over, but for people like me going to offices with chameleon-like air-conditioning settings — it’s freezing one day at my workplace and pleasantly cool another — an extra layer (or two) comes in handy. And if there’s one thing I appreciate about this yarn, it’s that it does keep me warm! ๐Ÿ™‚

Diamond Yoke Pullover

It’s been a while since I posted. I’d not been very satisfied with my ongoing yarn projects, and didn’t have the inclination to blog about past projects. I’d been wanting to make a yoke sweater with the yarn from the recently unraveled lacy hearts cardigan. While I obviously didn’t want to use multiple colors, all good-looking-but-easy patterns I ran into used more than one color. And I wasn’t able to come up with a good pattern on my own. This yarn is a pretty tricky one because simple patterns don’t show much on it.

I finally decided to use a simple cabled pattern, and when I started testing it out, I discovered that it looked better on the reverse side. Well, the inside will have to become the outside then… (I think that can count as a philosophical statement.)

Diamond yoke cardigan - bottomPlease don’t mind the extremely untidy-looking stitches. That is another problem with this denim-based yarn — the stitches just don’t sit well. I’m just hoping that with a lot of eventual wear, they’ll settle down and look fine. (Note to self: Don’t buy denim-based yarns ever again.)

So this pattern is what I’m working with now, and the picture shows the bottom, with a single row of ‘diamonds’. It works well for a yoke if I make a column of diamonds, while changing their size as the yoke comes along. More to come soon.