Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DIY Doo Ri - La Garçonne: exaggerate cable sweater

I believe I pinned this sweater back in June or July...
well: time flies when you're having fun to move and lots of remodeling around your home!




Since it's still very very cold here 
(and I very much dislike it)
I figured wasn't too late to have another chunky knit!


image on the left: La Garçonne - collage by moi
My version has the wrapped cable rather less "exaggerated".
The yarn I used was already pretty thick and I figured the huge cable would make it too bulky.


To make up for that, I wrapped the cable one extra time around the décolleté.


Back to the how-to!




A basic raglan sleeves sweater, knitted in seed stitch with a thick 2:2 ribs at the wrists and base.

I used a cashmere - silk blend in a light gray/blue color. (from my stash, bought last year for about 50$)
My yarn is quite thick, so I used needles 5 mm for the ribs and 5-1/2 mm for the rest of the sweater.

Don't bind off the stitches at the end of each piece, you'll use these stitches for the collar!

Once you have all your knitted parts, sew together the side shoulders, and pick the open stitches, and cast on the rest on the sides of the front on your  5-1/2 mm circular needle, knit on 2:2 ribs for 4 rows and bind off.



The cable: cast on 20 stitches and knit in a 1:1 ribs, cabling every 22 rows. This will give you a cable that is exactly the same on the front and back, and won't roll on the sides.
The length of the cable really depends on the measurement of the sweater: mine is approximately 12 ft long.

How I did it:
I wore the plain sweater on, and I had my mom pinning with safety pins the cable, starting from the back of the neck.
This way, since I didn't have enough cable knitted, I could keep knitting without having to do this operation again.
Once it's all done, sew with small stitches on both sides of the cable and it will be ready to wear!

xox, d.

11 comments:

  1. This is amazing, Donatella! Your knitting skills are so impressive!
    xo
    Lia
    Smart n Snazzy

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  2. This is just amazing, your knitting skills are impeccable.

    Xo

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  3. WOW! Impresive DIY dear! Now I want to knit like that!, I've always liked that sweater and now I have to show it to my mom and maybe she can make it for me :D

    BTW I'm having an Amrita Singh giveaway on my blog, it's open worldwide and you're welcome to enter! http://www.vjuliet.com/2012/02/valentines-day-giveaway-amrita-singh.html

    xoxo Julieta

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  4. how fab!!! no way I could ever do this....though...
    Clelia

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  5. knitting is so foreign to me...I can't wrap my head around it. I'm so impressed with your skills. This is a beautiful sweater.

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  6. This is fantastic! LOVE big chunky cables
    ~Kate
    www.kate-inspired.blogspot.com

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  7. Gorgeous Donatella! nice to have you mum help you in your work!!

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  8. è davvero bello! voglio provarci, poi ti farò sapere se ce l'ho fatta

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  9. proprio brava, mi piacciono molto sia il colore che la tua intererpretazione :)

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  10. You are so creative! Gorgeous idea.

    The Dreamer x
    www.tellhershesdreaming.com

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