After a successful stripey top, it’s time for a new project! The project on my needles right now is a cardigan for my sis that I started this week.
Earlier, I mentioned a delicious orange yarn that we thought of working with, but I couldn’t really come up with something that would do justice to the yarn, so we put it aside. And, ahem, we bought some new yarn for her cardigan. 😀 This is Nako Pirlanta, the same yarn that I used for a shawl for my sis, so I guess she likes this one!
The color this time is Almond, though it doesn’t remind me of any almond I’ve seen. 😛 It’s still a gorgeous color, though. I’ve abandoned the vertical stripes plan for this project, and have gone with a lot of dense textures instead. The cardigan is raglan style, with simple eyelet-infused cables running along the raglan. The sleeves are seed stitch, and the body comprises of seed stitches and slipped-stitch ribs. I think I’ll have a better picture to put up when I make actual progress on it. 🙂
This is supposed to be a winter project, and I’m knitting it combination style to see if I notice an increase in my speed. Even so, I’m not sure how fast I can knit it so it’s ready to wear this winter — even late winter. I’ll just do my best!
Finally, I got to finish my stripey top, block it, and click a picture of it!
Through Thick and Thin Top
I completed knitting the top last week, and though Nako Comfort Stretch yarn doesn’t really need much blocking, I’d wanted to block the neckline to see if it would fix the distortion of the yellow stripe near the neck join. And our heating iron broke just in time! (I need to steam block since this is not wool.) I got to the blocking only after the weekend ended.
The yellow stripe is not really fixed from the blocking — but it does look better than it did before blocking. Or is it just that I’ve gotten used to it? I couldn’t find the time to click photos earlier in the week, but I wore it to work already, and… I got no compliments, because it “looked store-bought, not handmade.” I guess that’s a compliment? 🙂
I’d thought earlier that I’ll need to knit jogless stripes for the sleeves, but I ended the sleeves soon after the armhole because that suited the top, and no jogless technique was needed. Maybe in a different project!
I’d also tried adding a little heart on the chest using duplicate stitch, but it didn’t look very good, so of course I removed it.
A small but helpful thing that I do these days (as I did for this top too) is weaving in ends as I go. It makes a huge difference for me — my brain is done with sweater projects when the body is done, and even knitting sleeves is an effort of will, so I absolutely hate weaving in ends after I’m ‘officially’ done with the project. Tackling it then and there makes it so much easier! (Now, if only I tackle other things in my life then and there… 😉 😛 )
It’s on the needles! The stripey top that I decided to work on is now underway. I’ve decided to name all my projects hoping that it’ll make me more attached to them, and they don’t end up getting abandoned or frogged. Let’s see if I stay with this one Through Thick and Thin. 😛
I’m knitting this top as an alternating duo of 1-row and 3-row yellow stripes on a violet background. No fancy stitches here, just plain stockinette, since I want the stripes to be the highlight of this garment. I’d thought of a classic pattern with only the thicker stripes in there, but I quite like how the thinner ones make the pattern look less busy / jarring. (I get that feeling with stripes sometimes.) Does that make the pattern contemporary? 😉
As I mentioned in a previous post, I love knitting with the stretchy Nako Comfort Stretch yarn — it totally works for light garments like tees and tops — and I already admire how the stitches look. It’s gonna take me a while to finish this project since this yarn is sock weight, but I’m sure it’ll remain interesting till the end. Hope you’re all ready for monotonous updates with more and more stripes. 😛 (I’ll have to come up with something else interesting for these updates…)
My only complaint (if it can be called that) is that there’s no use for bright, blingy stitch markers in this project since it doesn’t involve convoluted patterns! 😛 I think I’ll just pop one or two in there nevertheless, just for the fun of sliding around tiny shiny things. 🙂
My knitting mojo’s back! (That break wasn’t very long, was it? 😛 ) I’ll not go back to the bamboo eyelet cardigan, but I’ll not frog it either — it’s folded up for now, and its fate remains undecided.
I’m all ready for a new project, though. I’d liked working with Nako Comfort Stretch sock-weight yarn on a shawl earlier, so I’d bought some more of it for a top, which I think will be the project I’ll take up. I’ll knit a swatch tonight, and then it’ll be designing time! All I know right now is that I want the top to be stripey; I have a smaller quantity of the same yarn in a different color for the stripes. It’ll be fun figuring this one out. 🙂
Finally, finally! My cabled top is ready. 🙂
This was the most fun I’ve had with cables till now — never a boring row! I did work on it on and off, though, so that might have been a contributing factor to the not getting bored bit. 😛
The Nako Saten yarn that I used for this was really fun to knit with. (I’ve bought more skeins to knit something for my mom.) And I totally love the color. ❤ It’s too hot right now to wear this top, but fall or winter would be perfect.
I knit everything top-down. I made the front and back separately, sewed them together, then knit seamless set-in sleeves. I lined all the edges with i-cords.
These are the cable patterns that I used for this top:
To look up the pattern names, I referred to my old post which I’d written when I’d made just a little bit of progress on this one, and saw that I’d hoped this top would be epic when done. 🙂 I do think it’s turned out pretty epic (it’s my latest favorite project 😀 ), and I can’t wait to wear it when I’m out and about! ❤