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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cloisonné yay!

The ends are woven in, the buttons (I used some of the ones which Felix bought me from Duttons last year) are sewn on and the Cloisonné jacket is ready for me to wear to work tomorrow.

Cloisonne jacket

Pattern: Cloisonné jacket by Deborah Helmke
Source: Interweave Fall 2010
Needles: 4.5mm circs
Yarn: (just over) 5 balls New Lanark DK in natural brown and 1.5 balls in ecru.
Modifications: knit in the round with a steek and knit-on button band; I also knit just one lace repeat round the bottom hem.

I'm so pleased with how this turned out. The shape is great - just around the length of a cropped jacket and the yarn is delicious. It's softened up amazingly after blocking and just feels fabulous. This is going to be lovely ad cosy to wear in the office this autumn.

Cloisonne jacket

I really like the garter stitch collar too - it's a detail I'll be borrowing for future projects I'm sure.

It's a good thing that the Cloisonne jacket worked out so well because the eyelet cap is a bit of a flat failure. Actually "flat" is the wrong word, it's more of a floofy failure. Blocking didn't sort out the problem, rather after blocking the hat has assumed the proportions of two hats. That being so I'm going to follow Vanessa's example over at do you mind if I knit? and cut it in half. I'm pretty hopeful that I can at least get a ribbed beanie out of the lower half.


Petit Filoux said...

I could never pull off a cropped top like that (think pear shape-tastic!) but it does look lovely on you! I especially love the white colour work, really lovely

Ozzy Blackbeard said...

That's gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

Very beautiful! Your wool and colour choice and alterations make it so much nicer than the Interweave version. Did you really knit it with New Lanark DOUBLE KNIT? Or is it Aran weight? I've been trying to decide on an alternative to the Alpaca and the amounts you state seem really modest in comparison to the yarn requirements in the pattern.