Low Tide

This is the Low Tide Cardigan from Tin Can Knits.  One of my favorite things about their patterns is that lots of them come in sizes from very wee to not.  For instance, this sample is the Adult Small, but the pattern is sized from 12 months to 4XL.  And they tend to look great throughout the size range. The pattern calls for a fingering weight wool, but I decided to try it in Riveting Sport, which I stocked last week from Kollage Yarns.  It's made from recycled blue jeans, and has a really nice hand once it's knit up and washed.  Of course, I couldn't resist messing up the machine washability of this project by adding some beautiful handmade ceramic buttons from One of a Kind Buttons.  But I did machine wash and dry the sweater before I sewed on the buttons so that you can see how beautifully it handles a regular laundry scenario. Not only that, but the yardage is terrific--344 yards per skein.  I used all of two skeins for this size.  (I had to go into my swatch for enough to finish off the bind off and make the crocheted button loops. The construction of this piece is a little different--and fun to do.  You start by making two bodice pieces, which are knit from the button bands toward the armholes (horizontally).  Then you make a back piece that employs a provisional cast on, and is knit out horizontally from the center.  After you join the shoulders (grafting over just a few stitches), you pick up around the lower edge of the bodice and knit down.  This is where, once I got to a certain point, I stopped, and went back to do the cap sleeves.  When those were complete, I knit the body length with what I had left. I may have made that sound more complicated than it actually is!  It's all very clearly explained in the pattern, and was very satisfying to knit. Check out the sample, and the Riveting.  Really an interesting yarn! (PS--Are you on Instagram?  I'm at http://instagram.com/myelectricride Mostly knitting, with a few critter and family pics thrown in occasionally.)   20140501-131953.jpgand

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