I’ve had these two skeins of Blue Heron Rayon Metallic in my stash for a few years now. I always planned to make a Clapotis with it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to cast on. I was afraid it would languish and this yarn is too beautiful to land in the lost world of UFO’s. (Sadly, it would have had plenty of company.)
So, instead, the yarn languished in the stash….until a few weeks ago. I was browsing the blogs in my feed reader and came across Turtlegirl’s Abalone knit with the very same yarn (different colorway). I had NEVER considered knitting a cardigan/sweater/top-of-any-kind out of this yarn and I was truly inspired by her fabulous top! I wanted a top that would have a little more coverage in the front so I wrote to her asking how easy it would be to modify it. Since Abalone is a free pattern, I downloaded it and realized that the whole thing is a percentage based pattern – easy to figure out (which is what Cristi said), but I decided that if I was going to do math to knit something, it was going to be a pattern of my own!
So I sketched…and no, you don’t get to see the sketch. (It’s rough….really rough.) I wanted a waterfall type cardigan – one of those tops that has excess fabric hanging down. I wanted easy lace as well. See? Left and right fronts of my cardigan:
(I guess should have ironed that pillowcase before taking this picture.) While it may seem I’m knitting a cardigan for Olive Oyl, it’s just curling due to the stockinette edges. Here, this is better:
I started with a cast on along the bottom edge and then began working on the bias. Once I finished the last of the eyelet sections, I used short rows to straighten them up. You can really tell by the direction of the colors. I will add bands to each later and it should almost close in the front. For now, I’m in the dead zone – the endless stockinette that makes up most of the back. Ugh.
Will it ever end? When I have 15 inches knit, I get to bind off for the armholes! I can’t wait. I was noticing a smidge of pooling with the darker colors in the center and the gold colors at the edge, so I started knitting from each end of my yarn ball. You can definitely tell where I began as it looks a bit stripy. I think it’s fairly subtle though and doesn’t bother me a bit.
Tiger says, “It doesn’t bother me either! Stripes are always good.”