Saturday, April 14, 2007

CPHoenix: ashes reconstructed


The Central Park Hoodie is dead. Long live the Phoenix!




When I finished this sweater in February and tried it on, I was crushed to find that through some mysterious quirk of gauge it was both too short and too tight. One or the other might be bearable, or both if it were 100% natural fiber. But I used Woolease, so obviously blocking it larger wasn't a solution. Fortunately for me, rather than rip this yarn from its second sweaterly incarnation, I have a shorter, slimmer sister to whom I owe a sweater (see Skully, Christmas '05).

It's somewhat self-designed, as in, I took someone else's shaping and sizing and modified it heavily. This is based on my old friend, the Hourglass Sweater from LMKG, with embossed twining leaf leace from Vogue Knitting on the sleeves. I added ribbing with baby cables to the hem and just plain ribbing (because baby cables are too fussy to keep making) to the neckline, which if I'm totally honest I think is too big, but I actually really like with a t-shirt, tank, or button-down underneath.


I used the embossed twining vine leaf lace pattern from Vogue Knitting. I also originally wanted to make the raglan lines stand out, but couldn't figure out how to do it; I wanted the appearance of a seam, to make the stockinette body and reverse-stockinette sleeves look like they'd been sewn together from other sweaters. But I like the little purl channel I made instead. Instead of decreasing ssk, k1, k2tg, I did ssk, p1, k2tog. I'll definitely be using that again.
Now to go outside and enjoy the last sunshine before this 20-year storm they're predicting...

6 comments:

Ramona said...

Those sleeves are gorgeous!

carole said...

That is really beautiful, cari. I sense a knitwear designer coming out in you!!

kate!! said...

you are all so jealllooouusss

cause i got a nice swweaaattterrrr

Cheryl said...

Damn, that's nice and stylish! Glad you made it there safely despite the ticket. It's still cold here in NM!

madalyn said...

Love the cabling on the sleeves!

CanarySanctuary said...

That sweater is awesome! I like the neckline. Great design!