Design Pattern

The Juicy Pink Cardigan

You may recall I stared playing with some Icelandic Plötulopi at the beginning of the month and how my notion of making something pretty in intricate lace fell by the wayside…

The Juicy Pink Thing in detail by Irene LundgaardThe Juicy Pink Cardigan – details © Irene Lundgaard 2012

Instead I worked with the colour and was true to myself and my simple ways, as I made a casual long fronted cardigan. It’s light and airy and I am sure it will flow nicely once I get it blocked gently.

The Juicy Pink Thing in motion by Irene LundgaardThe Juicy Pink Cardigan – show off © Irene Lundgaard 2012

However, for blocking I have to wait for period of no rain, which is rather hard to come by these days, so until then I show you a couple of preliminary shots of the cardigan which may just become a favourite. The yarn definitely is a favourite, as for the colour, well, shall we just agree that it’s on the pink side of juicy pink?!

Note: The cardigan is worked in Icelandic Plötulopi on a size 5.5 mm hook. The pattern will be simple and easy and it is in the making.


Rosa Bellflower

Months ago I started this nice cardigan designed by my gifted friend, Liselotte. I worked it in the brilliant 4 ply pure wool yarn from the Irish Cushendale Wollen Mills. The yarn is coarse and warm and versatile and hard wearing and the colours are always just right, as is the price – and then there is the bounce. I know, I know, I keep going on about that yarn, but it really is special! I also used Kauni Effect which I really like for the colour too, it’s coarse and the smell of lanolin from it really never allows you to forget that it’s a natural fibre you are working; just the way I like it!  As you probably know by now, I have a severe allergy to petrol based yarn…

IMG_8543smallRosa Bellflower © Irene Lundgaard 2010

I had the cardigan crochet in no time, but because I made some modifications to the way I used the yarn, so that the same stripe from the Kauni Effektgarn runs all the way across from one sleeve, across the body and then over to the other sleeve, the finishing was quite a fiddle that I kept putting off. Naughty me! IMG_8554smallUnder normal circumstances the sleeves would have been different to the body, but I didn’t want that and in the process dug a deep hole for myself as my preference meant I had very many ends to secure, although I did crochet them away as I went, but they still needed attention; every single one of them, if you get my drift… Because of the modification I did, I had to sew up the sleeves too, which turned out neat and tidy. Nice.

I just know that this cardigan is going to be a much loved garment. I am going to wear it to death and with the winter conditions we have here at the moment, I’m only delighted that I have an excuse to wear it!

Note: The pattern for this wonderful cardigan, is designed by Liselotte Weller (Ravelry link),  it’s a two in one pattern, a jumper and a cardigan and the possibilities for putting your own personal stamp on this pattern are just endless!

I got the Cushendale 4ply from The Yarn Room and the Kauni Effect from Scandinavian Knitting Design. Buttons from stash.


Half A Hook Size Makes The Difference

I have had a cardigan on the hook for some time, it was basically finished, all it needed was the front bands and some buttons and a bit of fancy footwork to finalize edges and such like. Simple really, and I had it all done but wasn’t really happy as I made the classical mistake of making the two front bands too late at night – as in – way too late.

The result of my late night adventure was two lovely puckering front bands, they were not really puckering much and perhaps not really enough for the untrained eye to spot, but I spotted it immediately the following morning. In classical fashion, I put the cardigan to one side for a few days… Don’t we all do that when we realize that ripping and reworking is needed?

This glorious sunny summer morning I took myself and my hook and my coffee out into the garden and set to work to rectify my error. I ripped and then worked the front bands on half a hook size bigger and if you look at the picture you will see the major difference this makes. The left side is worked on a size 5 mm and the right hand side is worked on a 4.5 mm hook. Another bit of ripping and re-working and there will be no more puckering, now it’s just for fixing ends and getting the buttons just right.  Amazing what a difference 0.5 mm can make!

Note: The cardigan is based on Liselotte Weller’s wonderful generic pattern called Klokkeblomst/Bellflower.