Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Striped Cardigan with Colorwork

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Years ago when I worked in an ice cream shop, we had a flavor called Superman.  Red, aqua, and bright yellow ice cream, it was a big favorite of the eight-year-old boys in the neighborhood.  I thought it was so gross.  Stir it together too much and you get gray.  Bleah. 

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The whole time I was knitting this, I worried that it was looking like Superman ice cream.

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I’m kind of a worrier. 

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I guess I should give myself a break, though, because this turned out pretty good.  Actually, I love it. 

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I began with Driftwood by Isabell Kraemer (that’s the perfect sweater pattern, by the way, and it is free.  Free!) and converted it to a cardigan by knitting back and forth rather than in rounds.  I added the colorwork sections, the charts for which I borrowed from the pattern for the Sunshine Bag, from this book.  Yarns used are Paton’s Classic Wool in Bright Red, Currant, and Highlighter Pen Lemongrass, Ella Rae Classic in Turquoise, and Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran in a pale grayish blue, the last being an unadvisable yarn choice when performing the death-defying steek, what with its microfibers and all.  That’s the one that scares me the most, vis-a-vis the steek, and hopefully I have secured the ends well enough.  Well, it was the right color, what can I say? 

Here’s what the steek looks like on the inside.  It’s a hot mess, I know.  

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I clipped off any yarn ends that were going rogue and then whipstitched around the whole shebang, securing it to itself and to the layer beneath it.  The theory is that with wearing and washing, that tacked-down bit will snuggle up and felt together and become super-secure.  Fingers crossed! 

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Button bands were knit, and the collar.  I tacked down the edges of the flap at the inside, and then wet-blocked the garment, which made the stranded colorwork section sit up and behave. 

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This looks just the way I imagined it.  Success!  I love it when that happens. 

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I’m getting on a plane tomorrow, to go and spend a week with my mama.  That’s her painting up there, of Central Park in New York.  Isn’t it lovely? 

57 comments:

  1. Wow gorgeous work as always. I am curious do you continental or English style knit? Have fun with with your mom!

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    1. I am an English-style knitter, but when doing colorwork, I "throw" one color and "pick" the other, Continental-style. :)

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  2. It is just lovely. The colours are perfect. You are talented.

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  3. Wow! You so did it!! The colours are fab, but I know what you mean about the worrying, I'm working on a swatch right now and already worrying... Crazy! I'd love to hear how the sleek holds up, do let us know :) enjoy your trip!

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  4. AMAZING! Daring colors, and they work so well together. Ypu can be proud of yourself. Congratulations!!! Thanks for the tip on the pattern...

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  5. This is so nice
    I really like the colour combinations, a bit unusual but all the more fantastic because of it
    http://ahandfulofhope.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Wow... As always I'm amazed at your taste, color combination and eye for details. Amazing!
    Hoe you have a good time with your Mama. :)

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  7. This is stunning. You have such a good eye for color. Have a great time with your mom!

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  8. That is just amazing! And I have seen that superman ice-cream -- ugh!! I think my kids have ordered it before!

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  9. It's just perfect. Love the colours, everything. Well done girl! AGAIN! :D

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  10. You are so clever how do you get your bands soooo perfect

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  11. The color combinations you chose make this a beautiful sweater...enjoy wearing it! Have a nice visit with your mom!

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  12. Oh, I need to loose weight untill I am a nice size again; as a reward I can knit myself a cardi or sweater like this one! So gorgeous......
    Thanks for sharing the adventure, I almost feel the pride.... I enjoyed this project a lot!

    xxx ilse

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  13. Thanks for sharing the process of making your beautiful sweater...a work of art, Kristen.

    Have a wonderful visit with your mom...and if she was the one who taught you to knit, please thank her for me :-)

    xx,
    Gracie

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  14. This is by far my most favorite thing you have ever made. It's gorgeous! You are truly talented!
    Shari

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  15. Wow this is beautiful. I am crazy jealous of your knitting skills! Amd I am very glad that your steek worked out.

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  16. The sweater is GORGEOUS -- have a great time visiting with your Mom.

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  17. This is one very fine cardigan! Your mama will be proud when she sees you step off the plane in this beautiful creation of yours! I wish we could see her painting a little bit closer, but maybe it needs its very own post. My mother used to paint, but stopped when she had kids?! Why?! I cherish the few paintings I now have of hers. Have a great visit :) Wendy

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  18. Beautiful! So glad others havevhot messes in hidden spots! LOL

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  19. Simply stunning!!!!!!!!! Such lovely vibrancy.

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  20. That steek is not going anywhere, looks like you nailed it down good. The sweater is a beaut, and you should wear it on the plane, everyone will be jealous, and you will make your mama proud.
    Have fun!

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  21. Oh my....that is lovely. If I saw that beauty in a store I'd snap it up! What great work :)

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  22. hi, Kristen!
    OH my God!!! The cardigan is too good! NO worries, the colors look so great together! I can't believe that you can actually knit yourself such beauty! I wanna to try!
    Have a nice enjoyable trip to your Mum :)
    Anna

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  23. It looks fantastic and goes very well with the grey sweater dress underneath. I would love that outfit! I sure you will look great in it. Are you wearing it to go and see your Mom?

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  24. You did a splendid colourful job!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  25. Lovely cardi, I can't believe how fast you are! Have a lovely week with your mama xxx

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  26. I found your blog a few days ago via pinterest and fell in love with the blanket on top in your banner. I spent ages searching for the post about the blanket and of course now I want my very own one in that stitch. But what I found when I was looking for that blanket was my new favourite blog. I just wanted to say you are an absolute inspiration. I am amazed at all the wonderful creations you have made. Your crochet blanket are fab and I have always said I couldn't imagine knitting a blanket but looking at yours I want to start one now. Your quilts are all so beautiful, I want my very own. Well I have gone on enough. I just wanted to let you know how wonderful you blog is and I will definitely be a regular from now on

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  27. Absolutely fantastic, I love it, you really are good :)

    I like coming around your blog every time I can.

    Have a nice day!

    Lluisa x

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  28. Kristen, "You are the WINNER of this challenge..You may leave the Runway". :)
    penny x

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  29. What an amazing perfect sweater!

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  30. Oh My Goodness, another absolutely perfect sweater. Have fun with your Mom.
    Meredith

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  31. owesome! Is perfect from now on - my dream:D

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  32. Wow! you did it! It is great.

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  33. Just GORGEOUS! as always. My favorite thus far, not that all aren't stunning. Enjoy your visit with your mama. Have a safe arrival and trip back. PS...I am trying my hand at double knitting this week!

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  34. I want it! It's such a perfect sweater! The painting by your mom is beautiful :)

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  35. Your sweater is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it in real life. :)

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  36. Totally AWESOME!!!! It is gorgeous and you are amazing!!!!!

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  37. I love the cardigan. You make such gorgeous items.

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  38. Hi Kristen.

    I've just discovered your blog, thanks for the inspiration!!!
    Your use of colour in everything (that is everything I've seen so far, I'm busy going through your whole blog)is amazing.

    I have a question for you.

    You see I'm in love with your Crooked Lake Cottage Blanket, I mean really in love, I keep looking at it and can't wait to make one of my own.
    However I already have five projects on the go at the moment so I can't start a new one just yet.

    Well, the question is, have you got a photo of the whole blanket? for some colour mix inspiration.

    It would be great if you've got one.
    There you go I've revealed my love on valentines day lol

    Best wishes

    Chris Xx

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    1. P.S I live in Europe so it is already Valentines day here. Xx

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  39. No need to worry, I have never seen any colour-choices of yours and went "hrm, that's a tad off". I'm so glad your steek has turned out, too, the suspense was terrible (so much so for you, I'm sure!!). The painting from your mama is fantastic, as well. Beautiful creations are in your blood! :D

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  40. wow, it's gorgeous! I admire your knitting talent so much. Well done on braving the steek!

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  41. this is SO beautiful!!!
    stunning! awesome! and i love the colours! perfekt for spring time to be coming soon!!!

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  42. Its amazing Kristen - complete and total success, not even a hint of Superman icecream (never heard of that!), you should be so proud as it's just gorgeous!
    I love the colours, the bright stripes and the zingyness of the pattern in those funky colours.
    And as for the steek - not being a knitter I have never heard of this and was grateful for your last post which explained it all!
    I hope you have a wonderful break in NY with your Mum!
    Gill xx

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  43. This Must be the most beautiful cardigan I've ever seen! Wow, what work, and detail. The colors , Amazing !

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  44. Wow hon - this cardi is stunning, gorgeous and amazing!! Seriously, my brain fuzzes over at the thought of how difficult it looks to make this beauty. You are my knitting idol!!

    Hope you're having a fabulous week.
    Leah
    xx

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  45. Just gorgeous! The shaping is amazing, it looks so feminine and flattering! The colors you chose are bold and beauuuutiful!

    x Julie
    ♥Julie Rose Sews♥

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  46. Oh, blinking' 'eck
    I LOVE this.
    Superman colours are fabulous and work brilliantly in this cardi.
    Xx

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  47. Just Love it! Hope you got to show it off in NY. Missing your funny ramblings. xx

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  48. O I do wish it were mine! Beautiful, really beautiful. You are so clever. Love the colours. Love everything!
    Sara

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  49. I love this...mind you I pretty much love all your projects, you are such a talented & inspired lady.

    I tried in vain to learn to knit as a child with many frustrating hours of lessons from my gran who was a knitting queen, all to no avail...I just couldn't get the hang if it! So when I see beauties like this (& the lovely hand knitted socks that pop up on blogs) I get pangs of jealously.

    I taught myself to crochet about 18mths ago using YouTube tutes...I love it as it's something I always wanted to learn but had no-one in the family to learn from, so yay to technology :). Perhaps I should revisit the needles using modern learning techniques!

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  50. Beautiful! just beautiful!
    I like the colours and the shape of this cardigan!
    BRAVO!!!

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  51. I have just spent all morning wondering if I could steek Driftwood and add a hood, being a virgin steeker, and then I find one of my favourite blogs has just such a post on it! Thanks Kristen, after Beach stripe I still have a massive stripey addiction but think I should get the knitting needles out for once!! Fiona

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  52. I have just spent all morning wondering if I could steek Driftwood and add a hood, being a virgin steeker, and then I find one of my favourite blogs has just such a post on it! Thanks Kristen, after Beach stripe I still have a massive stripey addiction but think I should get the knitting needles out for once!! Fiona

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  53. I'm still more than a little terrified of steeking, but your sweater is beautiful. What a great mod!

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