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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Strathmore for the Knit Picks catalog

As you may know, I occasionally knit samples for Knit Picks.  Last October I was asked if I'd be interested in knitting a DK weight cardigan for their upcoming catalog and I said "why not" lol.  I worked on this little beauty for a few weeks, blocked it carefully, and sent it off to await the day when I could reveal it here.  It took a long, long time, lol.  So after six months, I'm happy to show you the Strathmore cardigan by Joan Forgione.  The sleeve construction is different from anything I've done up to now, picking up stitches and working short-rows to create the sleeve cap.  It made a beautifully tailored sleeve and was well worth the effort.  My only issue with the pattern was that it asked me to decrease or increase so many stitches evenly over the row, and sometimes there wasn't any way to do that evenly given the number of stitches currently in the row.  To fix that, just get in as many as will fit into the row and work any remaining increases/decreases on the following row.  Worked like a charm. 

The attached i-cord along the edging makes a clean finish, and I love the cord that feeds through the ribbing at the back.  This is a very sexy little knit and the yarn itself was lovely to work with.  It has a nice sheen that works well in this piece.  The actual color was quite a bit more gray than it appears in these photos though.  Over all, this is a very cute knit for spring.

Now, here are some of the photos of this very cardigan (cause I actually knit the one she's wearing in the photos, lol) before it went on to become a famous catalog item.  (My photos are a better representation of the color of the sweater.)

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