Silk Featherweight Cardigan
I bet you are wondering why I haven't mentioned my featherweight being done and showing it off. The first two photos show the sweater completed before blocking and shaping. I was quite pleased with how it turned out. Very very pleased.
Then I blocked it. I soaked it and wished I would gain an inch in length. Well-I gained many inches!! Silk has little to no memory and it just stretched long. So I did get my length but in the process I lost my width of the button band! I also did a stretchy bind off (do not do this on a button band) so it was wavy and quite ugly.
I undid the bind off and knit another 2+ inches with a smaller needle size and bound off the regular way. I just finished today and ran upstairs to steam block the button band.
I am so happy now!! I am happy that I slept on what I wanted to achieve and how I was going to do it. Now I can wear it without being grumpy :) I am also happy that I have ravelry friends who helped give advice on silk handling-steam blocking seems to be the way to work with silk.
In case you are wondering, I believe this will be my only silk sweater, it caused too much stress!!
It really is gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
Phew! It's truly beautiful, and well done for persevering. I know for certain that I would have bitterly resented my error and notched yet another project down to experience without ever trying to correct it. So pleased your story has a happy ending!ReplyDelete
Yay!!! You finished it! Well done indeed to persevering as little macaroon said. And well done to Ravelry for providing us with the helpful, generous community we all need when in a knitting fix.ReplyDelete
Your featherweight is beautiful indeed. On the subject of silk yarns I am fairly smitten with Juno yarns, Pearl especially and I am intending to use their lace weight to knit up this pattern. However I would agree, in my humble experience, that silk is pretty stressful to knit with. I find it quite unforgiving when partially frogging as it tends to split.
Have a beautiful week. What's next on the needles?
ps Thank you so much for your encouraging comment about my hares and my nascent shop. I really appreciated it.
Karen, reguardless of all the problems it is a stunning sweater and I can only imagine how soft it feels. It really does look quite beautiful on you and I hope you enjoy wearing it.ReplyDelete
Wow, it is beautiful and looks lovely on you.ReplyDelete
fantastic fix, Karen!! totally worth the trouble of ripping and redoing ~ it looks so much better now ~ it's perfect!ReplyDelete
I've only used silk once and looked for blocking tips prior to blocking ~ ended up dry-pinning to dimensions I wanted to achieve and then spraying distilled h20 (I heard any chemicals in the water can mess with the way silk holds color, also) til completely soaked and letting dry
worked perfectly! your sweater is great! Melissa
So glad you have it finished! It looks gorgeous and it must feel lovely when worn. JacintaReplyDelete
Gorgeous! Even with all the stress it caused you. :)ReplyDelete
Oh my! This is stunning! Beautiful job!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, Karen - that sweater is just beautiful! xoReplyDelete
Oh, Karen!!! It's gorgeous!!! I have one on the needles now......I can only cross my fingers that mine turns out even half as nice (I'm doing mine in a wool/silk blend----I'm taking notes!!!!!)ReplyDelete
Wow Karen, that is a stunner. I am in awe.ReplyDelete
Eeek...that does sound stressful. But it looks absolutely lovely!ReplyDelete
It was definitely worth all the stress it looks gorgeous. Very pretty.ReplyDelete
It is beautiful!! Thanks for the info on the silk. I know you are going to love wearing this one. blessings ~ tannaReplyDelete
It looks like it would feel soooooo nice on. In spite of the stress of making it really very lovely!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous. I am so glad you were able to fix it to your liking. I must remember that about silkReplyDelete
It may have been stressful, but the final result is stunning! Gorgeous!ReplyDelete
wow. wow. wow. wow.ReplyDelete
thumbs up karen! well done!ReplyDelete
My goodness, it is gorgeous! Beautiful work.ReplyDelete
Karen....this is just beautiful! Oh, I am so jealous of the way you knit and how awesome your finished projects look on you :) Glad you figured out how to fix it and make it just the way you wanted it. Have a great week!ReplyDelete
It is beautiful, even if it was stressful! At least you know you will enjoy it because it took so much work!ReplyDelete
Oh it is beautiful!!ReplyDelete
It's lovely - I admire your perseverance!ReplyDelete
this is amazingly beautiful.....the colors the fit....it looks perfect on you! You should be very proud!!!ReplyDelete
It is GORGEOUS, and I hope worth the work, stress, and trouble. One of a kind! Fits beautifully and the colours are wonderful.ReplyDelete
oh, wow, this is a one-of-a-kind piece! wonderful!ReplyDelete
Don't give up on knitting sweaters! For every one that caused me grief, I also learned some valuable lessons. Whatever stress you had with the cardi, it was worth it - it's beautiful!ReplyDelete
Oh, it looks like it was worth the stress - absolutely gorgoeous!ReplyDelete
It looks lovely, what a great colour!ReplyDelete
That is gorgeous. I'm jealous! But also really glad that you got through a problematic making experience to end up with such a wonderful end product. :)ReplyDelete
That is expletively gorgeous.ReplyDelete
Congratulations on saving your work - It really is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Enjoy wearing this one.
I LOVE IT! You did beautiful work, my friend. It's stunning. Wear it with pride!ReplyDelete
Wow-absolutely beautiful! Love the colors and I'm glad it turned out in the end!ReplyDelete