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Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Adrienne Vittadini Lace Ruffle Cardigan

Pattern: Adrienne Vittadini Spring 2005
Lace cardigan with ruffle edges with picot cast off effect on edges and sleeve hems
Original Yarn: Dianna 51% Cotton 49% Acrylic 98yds/50gm
Yarn Sub:Paton Washed Haze. 50% Cotton 50%Acrylic 101yds/50gm
( El cheapo but great sub for Rowan ASC,GGH Samoa, Phildar Aviso et al)
Needles:4.5mm straight and circular needles
Well.................... since this cardi only took a whole year to knit , my annotated copy of the pattern just has numbers scribbled alongside the schematics.
I made the front a whole size larger from the back.
From the side view , easy to see why.Usually need more length and width for the front .Didnt have the courage to try shortrows.
Lengthened by 2.5cm below the waist, and 2 cm before the armhole , as a result I needed to recalculate the V front slope shaping and the ruffles.
The main lace portion , wasnt too difficult despite the fact that there was no chart for the basic lace pattern or the shaping.I used the Katharina Buss "Big book of Knitting".
Only to finish the charting the lace pattern with it's shaping, to discover that design #6 has same lace design and a chart.
Ran out of yarn after finishing the major parts , phoned around London and the home counties trying to locate same dyelot for a few weeks .Lost the will to cast on for the ruffles on yarn find, so hid the bag in a very dark cupboard for the next eleven months.
New year and all that ,UFO is really an alien word in my dicto so got my skates on and finished the cardigan sharpish.

Skirt seen with cardi :
Burda WOF 1/2007 Style # 111
Fabric: Black diagonal cloth
Lining: Stretch acetate/poly lining.
Great style lines.Note the concave and convex shaping going on.
Burda makes no mention or caution, but it needs staystitching and clipping to make the sewing smooth and pucker free.
Decided on tone on tone topstiching.I will make another version in the summer with contrast threads