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Project 8 and 9: Levenwick Cardi and Célimène Cloche

Started Jul 6, 2012 - Finished Jul 15, 2012

Levenwick by Gudrun Johnston

Craft: Knitting

Size: XS

Needle

US 7 - 4.5 mm

US 4 - 3.5 mm

US 5 - 3.75 mm

US 6 - 4.0 mm

Needle

US 7 - 4.5 mm

US 4 - 3.5 mm

US 5 - 3.75 mm

US 6 - 4.0 mm

Yarn

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

Shelter

by Brooklyn Tweed

Worsted

100% Targhee-Columbia

140 yards / 50 grams

5 skeins = 700.0 yards (640.1 meters), 250 grams

Colorway: Embers

Color family: Orange

Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

Shelter

by Brooklyn Tweed

Worsted

100% Targhee-Columbia

140 yards / 50 grams

Notes

Other projects from this patterns.

Note on the collar and the yoke I am so glad I have read comments about this pattern. In majority times, the collar would not stand up. I think it is because the yoke sits too low. So I have decided to add 10 rows (or 1.5 “) to the yoke. So I cast on 88 sts for the collar on needle size #4, then I started a yoke with gauge needles (#7) and knitted for 4 rows (88 sts), then I have increased 8 sts every other row 3 times (112 sts), then continued with the pattern. Now the collar sits taller and stands up!(I forgot to do 1 more repetition of k2tog and (yo,K1), but still happy with the look.

Inside out or not? I have tried to knit sleeves inside out (on the knit side) to simplify the project. The result was unexpected: the fabric came out different…less definition on the purl side (since I have tried both ways, I could see the difference). So I did the purl side option. No regrets!

July 15: I added lace borders to sleeves and the bottom. It looks a lot dressier. Loved the project!

Note on the yarn: In spite of many negative feedback comments (which are quite true: “not neck soft” and “lots of VM (Vegetation Matter) ”, this yarn turned out to be PERFECT for this particular project. The hardness of this yarn makes this cardigan so vintage and jacket-like. VM is not a problem at all, just pull it as you go. Yes, the yarn does breaks easily when I would intentionally rip it, but never happened to me during knitting. Bottom line, this yarn has an excellent application for certain projects, and this is one of them. Let’s go!

The dirty secret. In reality I started with the yoke as per pattern, then I have picked up 112 sts on the top of it. After that, I decreased 8 sts every other row 3 times, then continued to knit for 4 rows (total 10 rows were added). I separately made lace collar and using 3-bind-off method attached it to the yoke. ;). That is how I figured out how much more of yoke I needed. So my second Levenick is done exactly as described above to avoid seaming.


Hat notes:

Started Jul 14, 2012 - Finished Jul 156 2012

Célimène Cloche by Circé Belles Boucles

Size:Small

Needle

US 7 - 4.5 mm

Yarn: Brooklyn Tweed Shelter

1.5 skeins = 210.0 yards (192.0 meters), 75 grams

Colorway:Embers

Color family:Orange

Notes

I have decided to make design on the hat of my own: berries. Very easy pattern to follow and so stylish!