Monday, March 19, 2012
Red Skies at Night
I've just finished a super-cute cardigan! Designer Linda Permann has written a fabulous pattern called Starry Night (you can find it here on Rav). I rate her pattern 5 stars. It is EXTREMELY well-written. She gives you diagrams, and explains everything really well. She also gives great instructions on modifying the fit of the garment.
I made the XL, but had to make additional motifs because I was using a thinner-than-recommended yarn. I ended up using a fingering weight yarn, from Claudia's Hand-Painted Yarns, in the Rubies Playing colorway. I used all 10 skeins, (175 yds each....1750 yds total) and had just a little left over. With Linda's diagrams and measurements in the pattern, I was able to estimate my totals, and then pinned and tried on the pieces before I sewed it all together. The fronts were 5 motifs across and 6 high, and the back is 9 motifs wide and 6 tall. I added two motifs under the arm to accommodate my beezooms. One motif wide by two motifs tall. I added length in the skirt and the sleeves as well, because I am so tall.