Monday, October 26, 2009

paper dolls

Paper dolls

I know I've said this before about other knits, but truly this is now my favorite sweater. I'm sure I'll have a hard time beating this, because it just happens to be perfect for me in so many ways.

First of all, it's gray, brown and dark red, probably three of the colors I use the most so this blends right into my wardrobe (my inspiration comes from this wonderful version, I just changed the dark gray for brown since it was more appealing to me that way). Then it's this pattern, of which I loved every detail. I mean, it has paper dolls in it, how could I not like it ? And the yarns I used were very, very nice, especially after blocking when they bloomed to perfection.

It was the first time for me for a lot of the techniques used here. It was my first colorwork project, my first time with corrugated ribbing (love that detail) and even my first time with i-cord cast-on. I was a bit daunted by the colorwork and the many mistakes that could happen, but in the end it turned out not that bad. I stranded the yarns when they were more than 7 stitches long and tried really hard to keep my tension even but most likely I didn't. So before blocking it seemed like the doll design was a bit crunched and tight in some areas but afterwards it was almost flat. It's a miracle what a good soak and pin drying can do.

Changes:

The only intentional change was to add some hair to the dolls, as I'd seen on previous versions on Ravelry. But my main change was actually not planned. I'm a bad knitter in the sense that I hate swatching and therefore rarely do it. Besides, it seems that even when I do swatch the actual knitted piece always turns out at a slightly different gauge from the swatch itself so it's actually not a big help (I knit more loosely on the round, or when I'm distracted, for example). So I only swatch when I want to make sure of a certain texture, or fabric weight or drape.

That said, my usual size is 32'' for bust, so that's what I invariably cast on for. This time it was no exception, even when I discovered I only had 3.25 mm needles and not the 3 mm the pattern asks for. After the ribbing I knitted a couple of rounds of the stockinette portion and quickly realized it would probably turn out too large if I didn't make any changes. So I switched to 2.75 mm needles and added a couple more decreases and less spacing between them.

So I don't swatch but I always try my garments on at every stage possible to make sure they're going to be exactly as I want them. About 2/3 into the body I saw that even with those changes the bust and yoke would come out too large, so decided to make less increases in order to match the 30'' size instead, which is what I also cast on for the sleeves. In the end, as I said, it turned out perfect.


Pattern: Paper dolls, by Kate Davies
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed 4 Ply (6 skeins in Grey mist), Wensleydale Longwool Sheepshop 4 ply (0.5 skein in pomegranate and 1 skein in brown)
Needles: 2.75 mm, 3.25 mm, 3.5 mm (for cast-on)
Size: 30/32


It seems, though, that I'm not the only one who is enjoying this sweater ...

Paper dolls

Paper dolls

Paper dolls

Paper dolls

28 comments:

Ana Carolina said...

Gorgeous! I hope one day I can knit like you!

Mette said...

Wauw - it's gorgeous!

♥ mesa para 4 said...

Esta camisola é maravilhosa, linda, linda :D quem me dera saber tricotar como tu :*

sue said...

Absolutely stunning.

manuela said...

Very nice, I love it.
manuela

Billy said...

Ficou lindo, lindo, lindo, lindo! E o cabelo nas bonecas fica mesmo bem. Parabéns!

(a ver se é com este empurrãozinho que me animo a experimentar tricotar com mais do que uma cor)

karura said...

É linda!

rhymeswithspoon said...

what a beautiful sweater! i keep wanting to try colorwork (there are so many beautiful designs out there) but i'm so intimidated by the idea. i love everything about this project. so inspiring!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! I am inspired by your comment that this is your first attempt at color work. I have the pattern and am working up the courage to also try my hand at the color work.
Great work!
Jennifer in Kansas/USA

kitty-san said...

Uau, é linda! Fico á espera de a ver ao vivo.

Ana V. said...

É linda a sua camisola.

O seu trabalho é fantásticos e você tem verdadeiras mãos de fada.
Parabéns

Ana Carolina said...

Se calhar já conhece, mas assim que vi estes wrist warmers em crochet lembrei-me de si! http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2009/10/wrist-warmers.html
; ) sao girissimos e para uma pessoa assim prendada sao um projecto de fim-de-semana!

Anonymous said...

Très belle !
So sweet !

Anonymous said...

So sweet !

Li-bellule (France)
http://fuinhacolorida.canalblog.com/

Nutsue said...

You are right: it's absolutely perfect! It looks wonderful on you.

Mefi said...

wow! soooo beautiful

jessica said...

Oh my goodness - that is AMAAAAZING. It looks beautiful on you and I love how you kept tweaking it so that it would fit. Clearly have a long ways to go with knitting :-) but what a sweater to put into the mental queue for, like, five years from now. Beautiful!

Ana's Closet said...

Tããão gira!!! Deves ter tido imenso trabalho com as misturas de cores.
Confesso que me ando a entusiasmar para experimentar alguma coisa que implique várias cores.

Beijinhos

likeschocolate said...

Brillant! I am amazed that you find the time to make all these gorgeous sweaters and dresses.

Celina said...

Muito sinceramente, é das camisolas mais bonitas que já vi. As cores, o fio, tudo resultou perfeito.

Sue said...

That is a beautiful sweater. Whenever I need new and different, I always come to your site.

Anonymous said...

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曾經我也變成機票乳酪蛋糕室內的瘋狂愛好者,收集不少高雄食譜、跑了不少美味的蛋糕店汽車。直到有一天花園,驚覺自已的腰已經穿不下最愛的褲子時,乳酪蛋糕發威了,只好說bye-bye了。
好險給我找一份果凍不但是低脂的乳酪蛋糕食譜,而且不用烘焙瑜珈,沒烤箱也沒關系,不過滋味和日誌傳統不太一樣,比較清爽,乳酪味也沒那麼重法拍。但是有種柔順滑嫩又清涼的口感。
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Amy Herbst said...

Fantastic!

pogm said...

This is your first attempt at colour work??? Its incredible. Very beautiful and inspiring work.

Rossana Fernandes said...

OI Tania.
Sempre venho em seu blog.
Você faz coisas lindas.
Pretendo me mudar para Sintra em Janeiro. Quero encomendar algumas coisas com vc.
Um beijo

Rosa Pomar said...

Que linda! Fiquei com ainda mais vontade de fazer uma para mim. Parabéns!

Yummy Lavender said...

This is a gorgeous knit, I have to say I am in awe of people who can knit such detailed patterns.
It suits you nicely too.

Jackie said...

what a beautiful Paper Doll :)