Monday, March 10, 2008

tilted duster





Hello, how was your weekend ? The concert on saturday was amazing, 3 and something hours of very good music by the Cure, and I was jumping and dancing like crazy the whole time. I don't go to that many big concerts these days so this one was especially worth it.

I did finish a lot of things this weekend, and the first I want to show you is the Tilted Duster. I'm totally in love with this piece, everything about it is perfect, the fit, the yarn, the color ... Talking about color, this was extremely difficult to photograph, and I'm not entirely sure that the color is shown accurately here, but that didn't stop me from taking a lot of photos, as you can see...




Pattern: Tilted Duster, by Nora Gaughan, from Interweave Knits Fall 07
Yarn: Katia Fine Top, used double stranded (9 skeins)
Needles: 4.5 mm
size: 32






About the pattern and some technical details ... it is a very snug fit but I had to make very little changes to suit me. I used some discontinued stash yarn I had and was terribly afraid to run out of it before the end, so I decided to knit the whole body first before doing the sleeves just in case. I figured it would be better to have 3/4 sleeves than a shorter skirt (of course, in the end I did have some leftover yarn so all that anxiety was for nothing). Anyway, I made it to the 4th row of the 10th repeat on the skirt and decided the length was fine this way. Also, I made the collar about one inch shorter. And finally the sleeves were done as in the pattern except I added 4 extra rows before starting the final bind off otherwise I think they would've been too small.



For this garment the blocking did wonders. My curled up edges disappeared almost completely, and the skirt drape improved a lot. I did redo the seaming of the sleeve caps twice (my first try was quite pitiful), and the placement of the buttons about a zillion times but now I'm just very happy with the final result. I do have a feeling I'm going to wear this a lot, so I'm hoping this yarn stands the test of time (and frequent usage).

29 comments:

isabel said...

Está lindo!

Mama Urchin said...

It looks stunning on you.

Rebekah said...

It looks fabulous on you! The yarn color (at least on my screen) is beautiful!

Stephanie said...

BEAUTIFUL! I love the pattern and the color. It look amazing on you. I might add this to my Fall knitting list (which I think will be verrrry long).

Amanda said...

It's beautiful! I have trouble with taking pictures of purples, blues, and greens, all my favorite colors!

Di said...

I love the cardigan! It looks great. I am so glad you enjoyed the Cure concert - I used to love them when I was at University way back!!

Kristena said...

Wow! That looks fantastic! And you definitely know what colors look great on you.

Mette said...

So beautiful and the colour is gorgeous.

LizKnits said...

WOW! I've not looked at this project twice before but your sweater is just fantastic. I might have to reconsider my decision. It looks just beautiful!

Oiyi said...

It looks stunning on you.

Linda said...

Simply beautiful, and it fits you perfectly.

Lisa said...

Beautiful sweater - that color is great.

Patecas said...

WAW!!!!
Is beautiful :)

cocoacream said...

Just lovely! The color, the style, the fit...just great! Every time you show off one of your knitted garments, you make me wish I could knit...but I can't! I can crochet like mad, but I just don't have the patience (yet) to learn to knit. Thanks for sharing your work!

Prunila said...

I'm just admiring all the time your knitting! You are so fast and the colors + patterns you choose are so cute, lucky you! Really nice fit and color!!!

Allegra said...

your TD looks fantastic on you! makes me want to get mine out to finish.

handknit168 said...

It is wonderful and love the purple colour. It matches the pattern very much.

alma vogler said...

Que lindo...

mimiko said...

Isso é que é dar ao dedo ou melhor às agulhas... Esse e os outros que já aqui apareceram são muito bonitos. :)

sue said...

It is very beautiful. Love the color too. I remember The Cure too, a while ago for me now and I enjoyed their music.

fantasma said...

A cor não é das minhas favoritas, mas de resto está lindo e fica-te às 1000 maravilhas.
Parabéns! :)

Ana said...

Olá Tânia,
Apesar de ir acompanhando o teu blog, nunca o comentei nem ao teu enorme talento. Mas desta vez não resisti. Está lindíssimo! Muitos Parabéns!

MOONSTITCHES said...

WOW, it is looking perfect on you, really stunning!
I am amazed how quickly you make all these beautiful sweaters, while you are sewing like mad... just fabulous.
I wonder if The Cure will ever stop playing on stage... great you had a fantastic time with them!

jen said...

oh that is so cool!!! i usually don't go much for sweaters but i really, really like that! beautiful!

Coley said...

May I ask you a question about your plaited basket stitch scarf in flickr? That is my favorite stitch! I was wondering what yarn and colorway you use, I hope you remember :)

Thanks!

Coley@sheknitigans.com

claudia said...

Adoro!!

;)

Geek+Nerd said...

The duster is awesome, and it looks gorgeous on you to boot!

siggen said...

looks very-very nice! i have a tilted d. knitted but not sewn together, but now easter holiday is on its way, so i might manage ... ;)

Mindy said...

you're looks so much better than the one in the magazine- i am very impressed!