Project 33: Peri's Parasol cardi
Started Apr 22, 2014 - Finished May 13, 2014
Peri's Parasol Pattern by Barbara G. Walker
Incorporates: VICTORIA - Fine art lace stole pattern
US 2 - 2.75 mm US 4 - 3.5 mm
Yarn: 30/2 muga silk
1 skein = 1500.0 yards (1371.6 meters), 100 grams
Color family: Yellow
My tutorials. See my tutorial how to block dresses: https://www.heavenlyclassyknits.com/tutorials
Note on yarn. Purchased this muga silk yarn from Georgia yarn company. Silk comes from India, not sure what company. Pleasant to work with.
Construction notes. Bottom up from waist to shoulders. On US 2 knitting, flat 6 reps wide for the back and 2 reps on each halves of the front. 5 reps long from waist to armsyes and 3 reps from armsyes to shoulders. After the upper portion of cardi was completed, picked up sts on the entire bottom of the cardi. Started short rows in the middle of the back ( starting point is 1 rep wide and then 2 sts gain on each side on each row) in Peri’s Parasol pattern until reached 5 reps wide (4 reps in length). Then continued to knit the entire bottom in this pattern (11 reps wide) for another 4 reps in length on US 4.
Sleeves. Knitted flat , separately, 3 reps wide, 6 reps long.
Borders. Using crochet hook 4, starting with bottom left corner in circle crocheted Victoria fine art lace border (see link above) on the bottom of the cardi, 5 chain long loops around collar area, and single crochet around side borders.
Buttons. simply added 4 chain loops as bottom holes. Sew on 6 buttons on the other side. Crocheted chain was run through the waist line to created fitted look around waist.
Note on the pattern. The pattern is gorgeous, but tedious because sts count changes all the times. It makes it harder to shape. However, I found the way around it. The overall result is stunning! The garment looks so sophisticated and complex. Natural golden color of muga silk that is naturally shinier than regular silk adds additional sophistication!