Hello sailor

So, a while ago I blogged this about my experiments with pleating.  Here’s the end results.

It’s actually been sitting in a pile of almost completed projects, waiting for buttons, for about 3 months. I finally went to put on the buttons on today but had to do a repair job first (more of which later).

In basic construction, it is totally seamless. I made the body in one piece to the armhole split, shaped the shoulders with short rows and did a three needle bind-off on the shoulders. From there, I picked up around the armholes and knit a short-row set-in sleeve cap, then knit the sleeves down from there.  The decorative pleating on the front I’m fairly happy with – some more detail here

The red buttons, with the pleating on the front and the rich blue (Azul Profundo Malabrigo laceweight for those who want details) have a slight nautical feel.

Anyway, as I decided to take a quick five minutes to finally put the buttons on this morning, I noticed that, in the time it had been sat in the nearly done pile, bastard moths had been at it and chewed a nice hole next to the armhole. So, time for a little repair job. I used instructions on filling a hole in a vintage knitting book that I have.  The hole was here

The repair has worked pretty well. Not totally invisible, but enough to hide the damage. In a way, the more annoying qualities of the malabrigo (it felts like a bugger as soon as you touch it) helped and the fabric does kind of hold its integrity around the hole that the little flying twunts made.

Another time I think I’d look at a different yarn choice – the malabrigo I suspect will not stand up to a lot of wear before felting further. We shall see. I will also have a bit of a look at making the pleated neckline into a proper collar on the cardigan.

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4 Responses to “Hello sailor”

  1. Vanessa Hubbard Says:

    That is a stunning cardigan. Beautiful shaping and the collar works so well. You should write up the pattern.

  2. northernnarratives Says:

    I love this cardigan. The pleating really makes it special! Judy

  3. laurapurlprincess Says:

    It’s lovely! You should sell the pattern. I’d buy it.

  4. mizelissa Says:

    That sweater is gorge!! I commiserate with you re: “the little flying twunts” they ate a beaded lace project of mine also in malabrigo lace. Let’s declare war on the little bastards!!

    I still love this sweater. You did a super-fab job on it!

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