…I am still trying to figure out how I pulled this one off…
Pattern: "Cherie" from Vintage Knits (Rowan)
Designer: Kim Hargreaves
Yarn: Dale of Norway Sisik in Red
Needles: Size US 5 and 6
Started: October 31st / Finished: November 29th
More "Cherie" photos here!
Working my fingers to the bone – Two sweaters this month! Of course, it was only because of my vacation and my time off from work and school for the holiday that I was able to accomplish such a feat… in a usual month, I can barely finish the cuff of one sock! Maybe the pressure of three knitalongs was the impetus I needed. I joined NaKniSweMo, Red Sweater, and Tweeding Along, and Cherie qualifies for all three!
Cherie was a wonderful knit, probably because I am head over heels for this yarn. The pattern was a little wonky in some places, so I modified the sleeves, the neckline, and the back of the sweater to get a better fit. I was a little neurotic about trying it on in the process as well, so I made changes as I went along row-by-row. If you are interested in making Cherie at some point, and want to chat about my mods, feel free to email me, and I will do my best to help.
The sweater is a basic raglan pattern, with picked up stitches for a simple collar neckline. I liked the addition in the original of the three buttons, but in the end, I decided to leave them off of my version. This sweater can easily be dressed up with a skirt or some nice pants, but is also a great casual sweater – perfect with jeans. I love the versatility. It was not until I finished the sweater that I noticed its striking resemblance to the Hourglass sweater (now departed from my wardrobe!). The main difference is in the finishing – Hourglass has sewed hem, while Cherie has ribbing. Hourglass is also knit in the round. I was planning to knit another Hourglass with some stash yarn… there can never be too many of this classic shape!
The yarn, Dale of Norway Sisik, is an amazing blend of wool, mohair, silk, and viscose, and I could sing its praises for quite a while… the colors are beautiful, it is soft, yet sturdy, and has the great tweedy flecks. It has a nice even gauge – a DK or a light worsted weight. Unfortunately, Dale discontinued the yarn last year, but there are still remnants floating around the internet. I stashed up when I got wind of the discontinue, but I am thinking about buying one more lot… I used the Aubergine colorway for my Balmoral cardigan last year (I am planning to rip this one…) and I am currently using the navy for Kris's long-suffering Durrow sweater. (He has been dropping serious hints about this one… better get working on it!)
|The book, Vintage Knits, is a reprint of a Rowan edition called Vintage Style. The book includes many beautiful patterns reminiscent of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s. Three other sweater from the book are on my to-knit list. If you don't already own it, and you like classic styles, this book is definitely for you (add it to your holiday gift list!)|
To celebrate the sweater bind off (and to get some exercise after sitting on the couch seaming all morning!) Kris and I took the girls to the lake for a nice walk. The temperatures took a moderate turn this week – although I am thinking about snow already! – and the Cherie was all I needed to keep warm.
Jen moved to quickly out of the frame – but you can see her white tail a-swishin'. I actually managed to get Bella to sit still for a moment too!
~Now for some holiday crafts~