Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Bulky cardi FO
This is the raglan jacket from Vogue Knitting Winter 2008/2009. This is a really fun cardi to wear and also fun to knit. The yarn is Cascade Bollicine Revolution, which must be a discontinued yarn because it came from the bargain basement of WEBS.
I think I must consider knitting more of these bulky styles. They have this aspect of almost-instant gratification knitting and they don't look that bulky when worn.
I used a 2.5 stitches/inch gauge instead of the 2 st/inch from the pattern and knit the medium size. The length of the lace came out shorter because of a finer row gauge, and I wanted that. I knit a longer bodice and used tapered increases to the bust to get some shaping. I used a much finer gauge for the seed stitch button band to ensure a dense band and reduce button gaposis. I made adjustments to the raglan decrease rate to get the right armhole depth and neckline width. I try for about 8.75" of raglan depth for a cardigan. The neckline, after being worn for a day, is about 25" wide.
I actually like the yarn because it's really soft and warm and easy to knit with. It does have one annoying aspect. The fiber content is 90% merino wool and 10% nylon. The nylon is a single strand that wraps around wool on the outside and holds everything together, but that single strand can get caught on things like my watch when I don the sweater and it ends up getting pulled and distorting the yarn. I might buy some more anyway because it's dirt cheap.