Friday, January 25, 2008

the perfect sweater



I think I might have just finished knitting my perfect sweater.



What do you think ? Doesn't it look amazing ? And it's such an easy pattern, just four knitted squares sewn together. It's all about the yarn, really. Now I know what everyone is talking about when they rave about Noro. It is somewhat expensive (well, it is japanese handspun yarn) but totally worth it. The colors are just gorgeous, and after it's washed it does soften up a lot. I can actually use it against the skin now, which means it's really, really soft. I already have plans to make another one, maybe in tones of red this time.




Pattern: Klaralund, from the Noro - Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton Collection Book Number 2
Yarn: Noro Kureyon, color 156 (6 skeins)
Needles: 5 mm
Size: smallest




Needless to say, I did make a few changes ... first the yarn - I used Kureyon instead of Silk Garden, but that's because I loved the colors on this Kureyon and their yardage and weight is pretty much the same. I think that Silk Garden probably has a better drape, but I've also read that it doesn't become so soft. I'm using SG on the Sparreholm, so I can later confirm if that's true or not.

I made a few decreases and increases on the sides, to give it some shape at the waistline, and although I totally improvised that, it turned out better than I expected. Also, I didn't make the garter stitch rib at the top of the body pieces.

Finally, the sleeves are much shorter than on the original pattern, but that's because I didn't have enough yarn (the pattern calls for 9 skeins, and I only had 6). I think I actually prefer it this way, but for my next one I might go with the full length sleeve version.



Totally unrelated, but I just had to show you these beautiful fabrics I got yesterday. They were a gift from Sean and Nanako, owners of Barcelona's Nunoya. They are currently in Lisbon for a short visit and we finally managed to meet up last night. Guys, I hope you had a great time and I'm not to blame if you become addicted to those egg tarts).
These fabrics and some other new ones will be available at their online shop soon.

So I'm off till the end of the month. Next week will be all about snow and hopefully some great skiing. Have a great week !

28 comments:

Flor said...

Linda!!!!!

Sandrine Deleuze said...

It's a lovely sweater !! I try to knit this pattern too...one day ahahah Oh I found yarn for my juliet this morning at Phildar store !) !!!! I wish you tons of snow lucky you !!! Hugs ;-)

SóSaias said...

Linda camisola e diverte-te na neve!

syrin said...

Uau, ficou lindíssima. Com as mangas compridas, a abrir em baixo também devia ficar muito bem.
Tenho inveja - tenho e pronto. ;)
Tenho de começar a ir mais vezes aos encontros crafty para ver se me inspiram - e se aprendo a fazer coisas tão bonitas.

claudia said...

Mas quantos dias são precisos para fazeres uma camisola?!! Pelas minhas contas, 10?!!!

;))

Lisa said...

Wow, that was one fast sweater! It's beautiful, and I really like your waist shaping. Glad to hear that the Kureyone softens after washing - it is a bit rough before.

peacockchic said...

wow that came out wonderfully! I always loved that pattern.

sappmama said...

Thank you for posting a link to your friends' shop in Barcelona. Just clicking through the site is a wonderful experience. I will be sure to visit the shop when I am in Spain.

Cheers.

Carla

Computerarte said...

Tens razão, está perfeita!
Gosto muito das cores e do promenor do decote e as mangas, enfim tudo! Está fantástica!

craftdaisy said...

That is the perfect sweater! I love the drape of it and it looks so cozy. And from what you say, it does sound like an easy pattern. I will have to check that pattern book out!

kitty-san said...

Uau, ficou linda sim sra. Essa lã é mesmo um must.
E também prefiro com as mangas assim a 3/4.
Boas férias!

Suzanne said...

De facto, está linda!

sue said...

It is a gorgeous sweater. I think another in reds would be quite beautiful too. Those fabrics are great, and what a wonderful gift.

Georgia said...

That is really beautiful!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

Yes, I believe you have completed a Perfect Sweater. It's beautiful !!!

juanitatortilla said...

The sweater is simply gorgeous!!! I love the kimono effect of the sleeves.

Chat Gris said...

Linda!!

margarida said...

looks perfect indeed!!!

Glaucia said...

Olá! Está linda, cores fantásticas e forma única.
Passa no meu blog, tem presente pra vc.
Beijo, boa semana!

SaN0 said...

és uma pessoa cheia de talento ;) mt bem

Cacao said...

gosto muito, mas as costas...nao tanto assim..!
Mas parabéns!:)

Oiyi said...

Spectacular!

Analuka said...

Gostoso este lugar, e o nome do blog, então, uma delícia: CHOCOLATE À CHUVA. Especial, saboroso, perfeito para o dia de chuva que faz por aqui: chove há horas em Floripa, sobre esta ilha, neste canto do mundo. Amei o cabeçalho do blog, com as cabeças de gato, feitas de pano! Lindo. Beijos pintados.

Mafalda said...

Lindíssima! O meu estava em stand-by mas depois de ver este tenho mesmo que acabar.
Boa semana na neve.

mimosa said...

Hello ! I've just given you a " You Make My Day " award on my blog because your blog is one of my favourites !

Sean said...

Nice photo Tania.
Yes it was great catching up with you in Lisboa. Thank you for taking us to the best egg tart cafe in the city. We don't have tarts that tasty in Barcelona, if we did I might become addicted.

Sean

Nunoya

chest of drawers said...

That really is the perfect sweater!

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