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Monday, March 27, 2006
Bubble Wrap Sketch

Bubble Wrap Sketch
Originally uploaded by happy go lovely.
ok. here's a sketch i whipped up of the boucle wrap cardi i'm knitting, and writing up a pattern for. it's a *really* simple knit, because it's just garter stitch, and requires very little shaping. each piece is knit fromthe botom up, starting with 1 strand of the boucle, with one strand of the mohair. after knitting a few rows to make the first stripe, i knit 4 rows of just the boucle, so that the stripes don't just blend together, because mohair is not known for stitch definition (or boucle, for that matter). i then picked up a strand of mohair in a different shade of pink (the mohairs were just leftovers i had lying around) and knit a few rows to make the next strip, only a little narrower than the first. i then drop the strand of mohair, and continue knitting a few rows of just boucle. this first part was knit on 5mm needles. after the stripes and a few rows of single strand boucle, i switch to 4.5mm needles. why? it saves me the trouble of decreasing. between the extra thickness from the mohair, and the larger needles, the bottom will be a bit wider and taper towards the waist. also, the boucle i used has a thin/thick quality to it, and it knit up more solidly on the smaller needles. in the diagram you can see the arrows are pointing to where the shaping occurs all by itself! luckily, i want bell-ish sleeves for the cardi, so it works out well there too. and for those of you who are already wondering...but on the front piece, won't it taper on *both* sides? yes, it will, but not only is it not super noticeable, but since that side of the front pieces will be attached to a belt and pulled in the opposite direction, i'm not really worried about it.
i was too busy with my new wheel and other stuff last week to work on this, but i'm casting on the sleeves tonight, so it shouldn't be long before i can put more pics up. i also had a bout of knitting AWOL on the weekend because i say a knit mesh shrug that i just *had* to try knitting myself. i'll try n take a pic of that tonight.

posted by tatjana @ 5:05 p.m.  
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