Sunday, June 8, 2008

Res Originalis: Christmas Green Minisweater

Ok, so maybe I was a smidge overdramatic about the color and granny-square-ness of this sweater in my last post...



I actually think it turned out kinda cute.

Pattern: My own
Yarn: Cascade 220, 2 hanks of color 8894, ahem, "Christmas Green"
Needles: US 6 straight needles and circulars
Notions: 10 buttons bought for cheap at an antique store (I only had nine of the little ones so the top button is slightly larger)
Start to finish: May 4 - June 5, 2008

Notes: As I said in my last post, this minisweater is loosely based on something I saw in Anthropologie last month...but brighter. The stitch pattern is Roman Stripe (my favorite, due to its nod to the Classics -- whether or not the "Roman" in Roman Stripe actually refers to the ancient empire does not matter) and the shaping is very simple -- in fact, there is no shaping at all until the armscyes start. My idea was to make a little sweater that was less fitted than my usual knits, something to wear over the A-line-ish and flowy tops that I can't stop buying. The arm holes and sleeve caps are of the set-in variety. The little designing I have done has always involved raglan shaping, so I wanted to get some practice doing something else. Using Vogue Knitting as my guide, I planned the decreases very carefully, but I still think they turned out slightly boxy. Or that could just be from the overall boxiness of the sweater, which I'm not sure I'm in love with. Anyway, it was a good learning experience and my takeaway message is that I should make the shoulders narrower next time.



I want to thank you all for leaving such nice, encouraging comments after my last little indulgence in self-deprecation and for convincing me that I am not completely crazy. As Cyn pointed out in the comments, Christmas Green is not in and of itself an entirely tacky thing. A Christmas Green sweater does not necessarily spell cheesy unless, for example, worn with large, shiny, red Christmas ornament-style earrings. So I definitely won't do that. :)

15 comments:

peaknits said...

What a great little sweater - and so flattering. I did sigh a breath of relief when you said you would not wear large red x-mas ornaments for earrings though:) I think silver ones would be more classy.

Philigry said...

that looks great! i love everything about it, especially those cute little buttons you used. Really, fantastic!

Anonymous said...

Fresh, fun and fabulous. "Christmas Green" indeed!

Ella said...

Cute? No. It's freaking *adorable*. I love it! I might even come to your house and steal it. Love love love. Whoever said you had great fashion sense, you have once again proven them right!

Team Knit ! said...

I LOVE it!! I love the stitch you chose, and I'm really impressed (and a tad jealous!) of your creative skills- you just go whipping up new designs and fabulous re-visions of other knits so often, that I can't wait for you to start posting some patterns of your own! I'd totally make that christmas green minisweater. :)

- Julie

orata said...

It came out super cute! I love it! The Roman Stripe pattern does look very crochet-like.

the Lady said...

That's a perfectly fine green! It'd be cute even at Christmastime! Don't you like to get a little seasonal?

Mr Puffy's Knitting Blog: said...

That's not "kinda cute" that's definately "way cute"! Have you noticed how many green designs are coming out right now - you are definately on the cutting edge. I predict that green will be the new black this winter! Love the pattern stitch you chose - well done in every respect.

sophy said...

really cute!

when i see how quickly you whip things up, it just makes me realize i need to stop stressing over little details and just jump right in.

would you recommend the vogue knitting book? i keep wanting to buy it each time i see it, but am enforcing a knitting/pattern book diet on myself right now.

CanarySanctuary said...

That is so delightfully 1950s class! I really like it. You might see boxiness in the sleeves, but I can't make that out from the pics.

Trying new techniques and expanding your knit-vocabulary is always a good thing :D

It's lovely! (as usual)

barefoot rooster said...

i am on a green kick too -- love it. the sweater looks terrific! beautiful stitch pattern, and it is perfect paired with that crisp white top. yay!

LizKnits said...

I think that turned out absolutely delightful ... it's quite beautiful on you. Good for you for having some faith and seeing it through to the end. What a great sweater you have now!

Susan said...

You've got to be crazy...in a back handed way. There is nothing Christmas about that mini Cardi. Very sophisticated. Fab fo!

Gudrun Johnston said...

Very cute and stylish and adorable!

Tami said...

I really like this minisweater. I'm thinking about making it for a cousin for Christmas. I'm wondering about the yarn. I've never used Cascade 220. Is it a soft yarn? Scratchy?
Thanks