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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!


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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

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9 responses to “the Denim Saga [part 6] – the Final Rose – After Shrinking Denim Yarn”

  1. Samina says:

    I’ve always adored that yarn, but never bought it when it was out. I entered your giveaway & I’m hoping to win, but tell me, where did you get it in cone form? Elann’s website only shows it available in balls.

  2. AsKatKnits says:

    Wow, that is just stunning! Beautiful work!!

  3. Bonne Marie says:

    They used to carry it in cones – but they are no longer available. :)

  4. Really, really gorgeous! How much bigger did you make it, to shrink it? I know, swatching is really necessary, just wondering for ballpark purposes.

  5. 2paw says:

    Oh I have been waiting for you to post about your cardigan!! How marvellous it worked so well!! I have always liked this pattern, but being an inverted triangle shape I always skipped past it. I just realised now I should knit the opposite way: do the pattern on the lower half and plain stocking stitch on the top because it is smoother!! I love the closure you made!

  6. Robin F. says:

    I’ve loved following this project. I have recycled denim yarn that is waiting for me to knit it into this pattern. I’m not brave enough for indigo.

  7. Bonne Marie says:

    Thanks! For the how-to’s, I wrote about the whole process in previous entries – six total – they’re linked above (& at the end of every entry). There’s all sorts of info in there. Have fun!

  8. Shirley Nygaard says:

    I love the closure you made. Are there instructions available for it?

  9. Margaretha says:

    The Denim Saga has come to the end.
    It´s gorgoes.Magic

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