Saturday, November 10, 2007

Tadaa! New Pattern's Done

So today I have formatted and finalized my new pattern Red Cabled Cardigan Hoodie. It is a body-fitting cardigan with a hood forming a nice collar when it's down. The fronts have a simple cable run from bottom to top; both the back and the sleeves are worked in a simple rib pattern, which makes this cardigan to fit perfectly to a body without any shaping required.

The cardigan is worked in one piece to underarms and then divided into fronts and back and finished separately to minimize sewing. Further, the cardigan was designed, so that no button holes are worked in; instead, the closure is made up of 4-stitch I-cord tubes sewn on once the cardigan is finished - very simple. This creates a decorative element to this cardigan. The cardigan could be also worn without the buttons and closed only with a belt.

It comes in a wide range of sizes (listed below) and I have included also the materials needed to make it. Now you can buy the pattern in my Simona's Designs Shop here, or you can click on under Buy My Designs Here to get to my store.

2 (4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16) yrs

Chest - 22 (24, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 33)"
Length - 12 (14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24)"
Shown in size 10 yrs (chest - 29").

* 4 (5, 6, 6, 6, 7, 8, 9) 1.75oz./50g ball (each approx. 137yd / 125m) of Elian Klasik (100% Acrylic) in color #212 red; OR 450 (600, 680, 750, 830, 960, 1100, 1240) of any comparable DK weight yarn.
* One pair of circular US size #6 (4mm) 24" or 29" or 32" long (depending on the size you are making) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN CORRECT GAUGE
* One pair of dpn US size #3 (3.25mm) needles OR SIZE TO OBTAIN CORRECT GAUGE
* Cable needle (cn) - optional if you can cable w/o it
* Stitch markers
* Stitch holders
* Tapestry needle
*5 wooden 1 1/4"/ 3 cm long buttons with 2 holes

*22 sts and 32 rows = 4* square over St st with US size #6 (4mm)
*27 sts and 32 rows = 4* square over Rib patt with US size #6 (4mm)

As I have stated in my last post, I have started knitting Stefanie Japel's Forecast cardi, which I like very much. I am posting a few pictures as I promised. You can see that I have omitted the collar because I don't think it would look very good on me being rather top heavy; even though I like the on Stefanie. What I am planning to do is to knit on a more conventional collar in a pattern of the bottom part. I'll see how it goes.

I am using a Red Heart Soft Yarn (because I got tons of it on sale - $10 for the project!). I hope I am not going to regret it and that the yarn will hold up good. Does any of you have any good/bad experience with this yarn? Let me know. I don't mind using it, since I am mainly knitting this to learn how the process of knitting from top to bottom works. But I still would like to wear the cardi.

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