Posts Tagged ‘pleats’

Hello sailor

August 21, 2011

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.


Pleats please me

September 5, 2010

I’ve been a bit fixated of late with sheer knits. You know the sort – they take the lace principle of a skinny yarn knit on slightly too fat needles but are done in a plain stocking stitch to just produce a fine lightweight fabric.  Hannah Fettig is one designer who springs to mind for this (I’ve just completed her Featherweight Cardigan pattern), but Connie Chang Chinchio’s Geodesic Cardigan from last Winter’s Knitscene is another favourite.

I’m not entirely happy with what I did with my Featherweight Cardi – I think I could have improved the mods that I made to it. I think the moss stitch borders I added to make it all match up may have made the welt a bit boxy so that it doesn’t come in at the waist at all, due to the lack of help from ribbing.  But it got me thinking about making something  of my own, something light and fluid and drapey.  It’s a wrap cardigan. I’ve managed to knit across half the back and one front (these sheer knits are so quick!) and am constructing a pleated waistline to echo the pleats that give the front its drape. Here’s a little sneak preview of the pleats.

But this has led me to a new fixation. I’m now contemplating what I can do with the structure of pleats in the sheer knitted fabric.  What will different increases do? What could I do with short rows on horizontal pleats? I can picture it all in my head, but I need to write the ideas down and then get playing once I’ve finished this cardigan.

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