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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Chic Knits Eyelet Cardi

everything in its place…

Now if desire had its way, there would be a new project for every day of the week. There is nothing like cruising for a pattern, finding the perfect yarn in the perfect color and casting on!

My house would be filled stem to stern with piles, mounds, indeed, Mountains of Fibery Promise, and I could run around the rooms picking which ever struck my fancy to craft.

Except who can never leave the house? Even though I probably have enough needles (and some who’ve seen my studio would say enough yarn) to attempt this, I must keep it down to a dull roar; one must be on the road and mobile at least part of the time :)

But for some days, especially the days of mid-winter and its crushingly low temperatures around these parts, not a lot of traveling is going on if I can help it.

Sightseeing via the DVD highway is much better than traveling in the frosty air of Chicago and here you’ll find me enjoying a top-down knit.

This is the Eyelet Cardi I started in early fall. I’ve since completed the yoke and am several inches into the body of the sweater now and loving everything about it. The bulk of the garment lays on my lap like a blankette, cozy. Comforting.

Too big to go on the road, on the bus, where quick draw knitting is king, it is the perfect project for the couch.

The simplicity of the design makes it as cheerful for me as sock knitting! You go round and round and it is as carefree as one could wish. And in the end, you have a nice little fashionable cardi to show for it (instead of the hidden beauty of the lowly sock).

This is being knit with Rowan Wool/Cotton in a color they call “Grand”. Details knit in this fiber blend POP right off the surface of the plain; it reminds me why I liked this to begin with…

Many of you wrote to me requesting this sweater as a top-down and in more sizes and I’ve had time this winter to completely re-write the pattern. I took the opportunity to add better shaping of the raglan line, neck and body for a better fit & knit.

Here it is shown in Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool, color #14. Chic Knits Eyelet Cardi

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8 Responses to “Tuesday, January 22, 2008”

  1. Tracey says:

    Thanks Bonne Marie. I picked up the new pattern last night and I love it. I even have yarn for it that I bought back when the original came out. AND I can wear it during and after the pregnancy…now I just have to find time to cast on. Thanks for the rewrite.

  2. Tracey says:

    Have I also told you how awesome it is that you actively listen to your readers. Most designers wouldn’t rewrite a pattern the way you did. You’re tops lady!

  3. Wannietta says:

    I would love to never leave the house – especially in the winter!! If it wasn’t for driving the bus and needing food (although I could put a bit more foresight into grocery shopping) I would stay in for hermit-length stretches.

  4. Karen B. says:

    Oh, I love Rowan wool / cotton! So versatile, with a lovely hand and subtle sheen. Love that you’ve updated the pattern and extended the sizes of this darling sweater.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I love that color. Love it.

  6. Seanna Lea says:

    I love this pattern. It’s always great to find a pattern that will already work with one of my favorite yarns (I love the Silky Wool possibly too much).

  7. Karma says:

    Bonne Marie! The IK Spring preview is up! I love your Aleita shell and I foresee a bunch of them in blog/Raveland!!! Woot!

  8. Wanda says:

    the new version of the old pattern looks great!

 
 
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