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the Denim Saga [part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn

After waiting for all the yarnie planets to align (and chores and whatnot finished), I’ve taken that Great Leap of Faith and SHRUNK my Cerisara indigo Den-M-Nit cardi…

The result?


in Yarnville today!

I have to admit, even after my great swatch experiment, I was Nervous! Knitting this cardi didn’t take longer and it wasn’t any more difficult than anything I’ve made before but just the thought of all those hours going Down the Drain, so to speak, if it went south at the very end, made me drag my feet.

But this week was not the week to be weak, and into the hot, hot sudsy water she bravely went (with two thick towels for moral support)!

After a nice spin in the dryer, checking every few minutes just like I’d do if I was felting wool, I removed the sweater when it was almost dry. (The body of the sweater was dry to the touch but the sleeves were the tiniest bit damp at the cuffs.)

I patted it out flat on a table and measured and VOILA! It came out as Planned!

Talk about happy dancing like nobody’s watching – well – you had to see it to believe it!

Chic Knits Den-M-Nit Cerisara

The fabric was crisp, textured, and a lovely bright navy hue:

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Most satisfying of all? My original dream that this design would work well with the indigo yarn came true!

Cerisara Knit Lace Cardigan

All the areas and details performed in a most lovely way: the lace patterning had lovely “polished-to-white” highlights and the reverse Stockinette stitch made a soft textured field of slightly variegated color.

All in all a most happy knit!

And how do we celebrate the HAPPY here at Studio Chic?
Denim Yarn Lace Cardi

How about a Giveaway! I have more of this lovely yarn and am going to cast on another (Gansey-inspired, shhh…) cardi very soon and would love to share a cone with YOU!

How to join in?
Visit this post on Instagram for all the giveaway details

HAPPY KNITTING (and shrinking)!!!

…here’s all the articles I’ve written on knitting with Den-M-Nit indigo denim cotton yarn…

The Denim Saga
[part 1] – About that Yarn
[part 2] – The Sweater Awakens
[part 3] – Knitting with Indigo Denim Yarn
[part 4] – Picking Up Stitches using Denim Yarn
[part 5] – Real-time Shrinkage in Denim Yarn
[part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn

New Threads for Fall 2013 September 18, 2013

Chic Knits Arlin

But of course, THIS is our favorite time of year.

Out come the sweaters, the vests, the hats – replacing the sunshine with color and light all their own.

New for Fall 2013: two basic wardrobe pieces –
  one for you   AND   for the first time,   one for HIM

Chic Knits Arlin


ARLIN: this is what a Sweater Girl is all about — BOMBSHELL! Read details HERE

(my) GUY: A simply sophisticated casual look for the sharp-dressed man in your life. Read details HERE

wishing you a very happy fall season knitting!
…Bonne Marie

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