Thursday, June 28, 2012
So, yesterday while I was at work I had a visit from Ann and Denise. We enjoyed the air conditioning while I received, scanned, and put out a ton of new ruffle yarns. These were made from 'yarn' that looks just like lace ribbon and I have to say that these intrigue me. I'm not a fan of ruffle scarves or the ruffle yarns, but I'm envisioning kitchen valances and petticoats make from this stuff. After finishing that, I finished my sample for Steph Cat Designs (but I can't show any photos yet). You're going to love this pattern when it's released in the fall. Now I'm working on the commissioned baby sweater and it's not very exciting to look at right now (with all that cream-colored garter-stitch), so instead I've given you this super cute photo of my boys on the track yesterday. It cracks me up every time Dante does something and then Alex tries to do it too. My husband even made a video of the two of them "racing" and it was pretty funny. Gotta love those boys!
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
And then I realized that I've been in a sweater almost every day so far this summer. That's when it hit me. And I decided to just go for it and release the Apogee Cardigan pattern. After all, if you live in New England (or on the other side of the world), it's cold where you are. And if you don't, you're probably running into air conditioned buildings where you're freezing and you could use a sweater. And I happen to have a nice pattern for a sweater, so I think it works out nicely :)
The Apogee cardigan is the first in a series of sweater designs written for tall knitters (5' 10" - 6' 6"). It includes standard sizing as well. It's a top-down, v-neck, raglan sweater with cable details along the raglan, sides, and under the sleeves. The cables provide waist shaping without any effort on the knitter's part. They flow seamlessly into the ribbing (cause who likes cables that get cut off at the knees by the ribbing?). It's closed with toggles and i-cord loops, so you don't even have to worry about working buttonholes :)
Charts are provided for the cables and are placed on the last page so that you can decide whether you want to print them or not. Tall sizes are broken down by height and bust size. Find your bust size along the top, find hour height along the side, and when your fingers meet in the middle you've found your numbers (just like old school multiplication tables). And no worries if you'd prefer a pullover...because I've got a separate pattern for that and I'll release that when the weather cools off a little bit more :)
I hope you enjoy this pattern! I definitely enjoyed the challenge of creating it.