Tuesday, March 11, 2008

patti cardi

I think I love it. (Don't let that sourpuss in the photo fool you.) Patti is complete and yes, there are some things that could be better, but overall, the fit is excellent, I really like the color, and it looks just like something I would buy for myself (except that I spent 3 months knitting it instead). I used 8 skeins of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed, on size 3 and 5 needles. I almost had to get into that 9th skein of yarn for the seaming, but I just made it with 8. The length of the sleeves and the body are right where I'd like them to be, and there's a little extra room in the armholes, but that's no biggie. The button band is pulling a little. 5 buttons would have been better than 3, but maybe I'll move the buttons over a smidge so that it's less noticeable.















I really love the pleats. Yeah, they give the garment (and the wearer) a triangular shape, and so maybe the swing jacket thing IS kinda trendy right now, but I can't help it! --- I still think the style is cute. And I'm no longer worried about coworkers thinking I'm pregnant. I just make sure I don't wear swingy sweaters two days in a row! :) The construction of the pleats is very cool. The stitches that make up the pleats are slipped on every other row, so the fabric just wants to fold that way on its own and they're nice and crisp. Hopefully this sweater will behave itself and hold its shape. If so, this may now be the handknit I wear the most!

(There are a couple more pics on Flickr.)

43 Comments:

Blogger Amanda said...

That color is wonderful, and the fit is perfect! I've been wondering about those swing jackets...they look so cute and feminine...

5:28 PM  
Blogger cosymakes said...

so freaking beautiful! i'd wear that sweater every day too...

6:06 PM  
Blogger rockbridge said...

Wow!!! It really looks awesome - great job! I actually think the swing jacket look is kinda flattering as long as it fits well at the top, which yours does. Congratulations!

6:12 PM  
Blogger Kelley said...

That is a beautiful sweater! I love it -- it's structured and yet soft.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Tracy said...

Me gusta mucho! It's so very cute. I might even love it slightly more than the Drops Swing Jacket... Hmmm, it's time for a new knit, maybe this is to be it!

6:30 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Beautiful sweater! I think this looks great on you and is so effortlessly stylish.

6:56 PM  
Blogger soknitpicky said...

That is just gorgeous on you! Congratulations!

7:22 PM  
Anonymous Crystal said...

What a perfect knit, in just the right colour for you as well! Stunning :)

7:54 PM  
Blogger a friend to knit with said...

okay. i am in LOVE with that sweater.
i really want it. now.
you look fantastic!

8:33 PM  
Blogger gleek said...

oooh, i totally love it! fits you well and looks comfy too :)

8:55 PM  
OpenID zebraknits said...

Hey, the sweater is so sophisticated and stylish! Looks really great on you.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Yarn Tails said...

The color and everything is just perfect. Beautiful job!

9:20 PM  
Blogger goodkarma said...

Hello, pretty lady! Patty suits you perfectly. And once again, your hair is so lovely! haha, I know that has nothing to do with your knitting, but I had to say it.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Tora said...

I think you look great in the swing fit thing! Don't worry about looking pregnant, you don't.

3:16 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

that is really nice! the pleats look so sharp and crisp!

7:52 AM  
Blogger ingrid said...

That is a fabulous sweater! I really, really like it.

8:36 AM  
Anonymous lindy said...

A really beautiful knit! Worth every second of the three months!

8:44 AM  
Blogger Sally said...

It's fabulous Jenna! It looks lovely on you. And isn't the Silky Tweed pretty? I love that yarn.

9:20 AM  
Blogger tentenknits said...

i love the swing jacket look - even if it may be trendy! that knit is fabulous - great job!!! and let's just say you were "concentrating" on getting the right shot in that photo! haha!

11:02 AM  
Blogger Carol said...

Very petty. Not to mention it IS fashionable right now.

11:16 AM  
Blogger Susan said...

EVERYTHING about this piece is perfect - color, fit, pleats, texture. Fabulous job!

11:53 AM  
Blogger yaiAnn said...

Oh, it's beautiful! You'll definitely get a lot of wear and compliments on it!

12:38 PM  
Blogger Yarn It said...

I love it! Fabulous job. If that were my sweater, I would wear it all the time too!

12:46 PM  
Blogger Team Knit ! said...

It's gorgeous! Looks like another great FO for you! the pleats are fab.

- Julie

1:00 PM  
Blogger Nonnahs said...

Oh, SUPER cute! So what if this style is the trend now- I love it. And it looks great on you! Congrats!

2:03 PM  
Blogger Michaela said...

I love that! I'm going to go add it to my Ravelry queue right now! It's a really good, tailored piece that can be dressed up or down!

2:20 PM  
Blogger sheepish one said...

beautiful job, jenna. it looks fantastic on you.

4:59 PM  
Blogger melissa said...

arghhh. i'm totally jealous. that is a beautiful sweater and it looks really great on you!

great job. the pleats look perfect!

5:32 PM  
Blogger Hilary said...

It is SO cute and looks great on you! I love those pleats and am now dying to try some.

7:09 PM  
Blogger luxeloops said...

so pretty! great job!

7:25 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Holy Crap! That s A-mazing. I love it. The pleats are fabulous. A work of art!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Ella said...

Love it. I'm such a fan of swing jackets, and I love how yours turned out. Looks fantastic on you!

11:09 PM  
Blogger amanda said...

very cute! the swing jackets are in right now, so you finished this with perfect timing.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous tiennie said...

This looks so fantastic on you! Perfect!

12:53 PM  
Blogger nicole said...

Alternating swing tops and fitted tops are definitely the way to avoid the rumor mill at work!

It looks absolutely fantastic on you! Great job!

5:23 PM  
Anonymous yahaira said...

you finished it!! I LOVE it, Patti looks perfect on you. now I must go out and copy you : )

6:02 PM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

I am sooooo impressed! It looks perfect in every way. Congratulations.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

That looks great on you. Super cute pattern.

5:40 AM  
OpenID thinkingmama said...

So beautiful!! It looks amazing on you. I can see why you'd want to wear it every day.

3:26 PM  
Blogger lekkercraft said...

Oh Jenna, it's great! I love the rusty color on you and the trapeze style suits you well. Are those pleats hard to do? They're a really neat accent.

10:12 AM  
Blogger pamela wynne said...

I love it too! It's really, really good. :)

5:31 PM  
Blogger knitlit kate said...

love it. great color on you!

8:40 AM  
Blogger Erin said...

It is gorgeous! I am in love with those pleats. Absolutely beautiful.

5:17 PM  

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