Saturday, 5 July 2014

BlueSand !

I was just on Ravelry  to catalogue my overdue BlueSand and noticed there are currently 554 projects logged- this is one popular buttonless cardigan by the designer La Maison Rililie which fast becoming one of my favourites. Have a look at her other designs and her blog.

I've used stash wool in sport and DK weights rather than cotton option and I went for soft and light summer colors . The main color in cream is one of the nicest alpaca yarns out there-blue sky alpaca melange in almond shade. The grey stripes which look a bit light blue is Rowan alpaca dk and the yellow mustard stripes were knitted with a shinier sport yarn,- the blue sky alpacas, alpaca silk color 132.  I went down needle sizes to achieve a sturdy fabric- there is a large percentage of alpaca fiber and I found out I prefer it dense.

I loved knitting it , there is a lot of mindless stockinette with the anticipation of color change. Beautiful little details such as those almost hidden pocket background stripes,
Icord edges on hems, bands and pockets, textured stitch on botton hem and part of the sleeves, short rows which nicely shape the bottom curve and so on. The pattern is well written with lots of photo examples and usefull links.

My only main mod is to make the length shorter otherwise this cardi would have grazed my knees ;-)I've started short row shaping immediately after the last grey stripe.

So here I am on a somewhat wet Saturday morning in my village, wearing my super comfy, easy going stripey piece. Have a beautiful Day ! x