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Monday, January 16, 2006

Cocoa Salina

Ignore my crazy pose. I have the camera on automatic and was trying to get my face off the pic.
More pictures here

Pattern: Salina
Source: Rowan Vintage Knits
Yarn: 5 skeins of Rowan Felted Tweed in Cocoa
Yarn Source: eBay ( Cucumberpatch )
Needle: US3 & US5
Size: XS (resize to fit me)
Made for: Myself
  1. Reduce cast on stitches for both back and front by 6 sts each. Modify armholes shaping so that I will still get the same number of stitches (as the XS in the book) left for shoulder shaping.
  2. Reduce the sleeves by 10 stitches overall.
  3. Start knitting the cuffs first and continuing on to the actual sleeves. Thereby skipping the setting in cuffs step when it comes to assembly.
  4. Instead of casting on 5 stitches for the left lapel, I knit from the same 5 stitches for both left and right lapels
  5. Mattress stitch the shoulder together instead of backstitch (ETA)
If I were to do this again:
  1. Leave the stitches at the back 'live' for collar shaping.
  2. Knit on the button instead of sewing it on.
First FO for the year 2006! This sweater fits me perfectly. A very good start for this year. =P The shoulder is not too small like my Bella Paquita. I knitted the sleeves as per instruction and they ended up being 3/4 which I think makes it better.

Rowan Felted Tweed is soft but a bit scratchy on the skin. Still I love it. I love the shade of brown, the tweediness with blue, white and black specks all over it! I just absolutely love it. The only other problem I have with Felted Tweed is that it breaks easily.

I have to say, this is my best sweater projects so far! The seaming is perfect, the yarn perfect, the sizing is just right, and most importantly, I look good in it! Hehe.

Edit: The button-holes were made but I think there is no need for buttons. Still thinking about it...


Anonymous erin said...

Fits great and lovely tweedy colour. All your mods make good sense.

17 January, 2006 00:18  
Blogger goodkarma said...

Oh, well done! I will remember this post because I should be receiving my own copy of Vintage Knits in the mail any day now and Salina has been on my wish list for ages. Thanks for sharing your ideas. You're right, the sweater does fit you perfectly and looks fantastic!

17 January, 2006 01:25  
Blogger Pixiepurls said...

oh wow its so pretty, I have the yarn for that pattern but I don't have the book, I have been torn if I should knit that pattern or knit a top down raglan.. or something.. hrmm.. yours looks delightful, but I am not good enough at seaming yet.

17 January, 2006 10:24  
Blogger Carin said...

You did a great job, it's gorgeous. Salina is a beautiful sweater, I'd love to make it someday.

18 January, 2006 13:55  
Blogger winnie said...

oh jade..it's so pretty! and fits you so well! love it.

18 January, 2006 14:54  
Blogger iSeL said...

Your Salina looks great!
I hope mine looks at least half as good as yours.

18 January, 2006 19:40  
Blogger Stacy said...

Your Salina looks wonderful! I'm working on it right now (in Elsbeth Lavold Silky Wool). I just have the back done and can't wait to wear it. I've done some similar modifications so far.

19 January, 2006 12:43  
Blogger Barbara said...

You did a beautiful job- I saw your post on craftster- I might have to get that book now!!

I love that yarn too- it looks so yummy!

20 January, 2006 20:58  
Blogger yahaira said...

gorgeous, just gorgeous!

21 January, 2006 22:26  
Blogger Pixiepurls said...

I cast on for the sleeve tonight and wow it seems rather wide!!

23 January, 2006 22:43  

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