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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Noblin Design - Summer Nights

Welcome, all Magknitters!

Summer Nights

A little while ago, I knitted up a sample for a new yarn store opening near my house. The yarn was imported from the US, along with the most beautiful pattern book I had ever seen. The models were dressed up in full length princess skirts with hand knitted tops. The yarn was even lovelier. The more I knit, the more colours and hues I saw. I raced through the pattern and, even though I wasn't keeping the top, I tried it on. And, Oh was I disappointed. The hand dyed yarn formed horizontal stripes which, coupled with the lack of shaping, led to a very unflattering silhouette. I was mortified.

Fast forward a few months and I became aware of short row shaping. Wouldn't it be possible, I thought, to knit a top sideways and use short rows to shape at the waist? Yes, I thought, not only possible but I should be the one to design and make this top. I chatted with Magknits about the design and Yarnsmith donated the yarn. Then I knit and sketched and calculated and also, as some of you may have been reading, developed RSI and back problems and stopped knitting and stalled on the pattern and delayed and cried and knit again.

The result, many months later, is Summer Nights, a kimono inspired cardigan. I designed this as something I would wear myself so it has extra wide sleeves and a gently draping neckline. The pattern has options for reducing the width of the sleeves. It is also possible to knit this in one piece or to pick up the sleeves from the body but I decided to write the pattern with the sections separately.

When I first announced I was planning to design and knit a cardigan (let's remember I haven't made a cardigan for an adult before and had never designed a cardigan before) people thought I was mad. Well, I feel a bit mad and a bit of a fraud too. I really hope you like this design and there aren't too many problems with the pattern. Feel free to contact me with any questions you have or errata you spot (fingers crossed there aren't any!).

When choosing a size, check out the dimensions on the schematics and compare them to any other kimono style hand knit cardigans you have lying around the place. I didn't have a brooch at home, so I clip the cardigan round with a hair decoration: kilt pins would also work. For the shoulders, I seamed 7.5 inches either side, first using mattress stitch, then strengthening with backstitch.

Thanks for stopping by!


At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Robbyn said...

Okay Abi - I went and looked and it's just beautiful! You should be very pleased woth your work :) Now I just have to figure out what to tell the man at the bank when I apply for a loan to buy the Colinette! LOL!

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Jennifer said...

Congrats on the new pattern! I like your take on short rows.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Annarella said...

Congrats on being published!! Whoo hoo!! xx

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Alice said...

I love that pattern - i'd thought about something similar (though for a tee rather than cardi) but couldn't get my head round designing the short-row shaping

I'm not sure if I have the brain for garment-size pattern design

At 10:05 PM, Anonymous jen said...

It's ace! And giotto is so nice, I bet it's gorgeous to wear as well as to look at :)

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Nickerjac said...

Congrats on the pattern it looks great, its even easy to size up to my size which is fantastic.
You can come and play football with us anytime.

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Robynn said...

Just stopped by to say congrats - the design looks gorgeous! Well done on thinking of such a cunning way around that unflattering striping. And see you soon at Angelknits.

At 2:29 PM, Anonymous SpiderWomanKnits said...

Hey Abi! It's Abi.

Congrats! That cardigan looks so cute. I took the Summer of Stash vow to not buy yarn until Labor Day so I am trying to figure out something to knit it with that I have on hand. Cross your fingers for me :-)


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