Sunday, May 18, 2014

DIY - MK - Valentino striped sweater

For the love of stripes... and Valentino.

I love stripes, and tried a swatch some days ago with red, cream and blue cotton, and worked on the measurements and pattern. 

The stripes are:
2 rows RED
8 rows CREAM
2 rows RED
8 rows NAVY
...and repeat

swatch sample with 2/50 cotton in 8 strands
This is the charted pattern in cm and inches.
It's a very easy, basic patten, which would be easy to handknit as well.
The only challenge is to keep the stripes count right while doing the increasings
and the short rows for the shoulders.

Here it is, all spread out.

Detail of the shoulders. I love the "V" shape that the stripes form on the shoulders.
I should have closed the stitches on the shoulders, rather than keeping the needles on hold position: the result is that I have the "bumps" in correspondence of the wrap around the needle. Nothing like making mistakes to learn better ! 
xox, d.

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  1. I really like your finished sweater, the yarn and stripe pattern go well together. /well done!

  2. Your creations are always amazing! What kind of knitting machine do you use. I would like to get one after seeing your wonderful projects. :)

    1. I have a brother KH860 with ribber... and ... it's addicting!!! thank you !!

  3. Thank you for your response. Your fine cashmere knit wear is remarkable! Are you happy with your standard gauge machine for this application, or do you think a fine gauge machine (like the silver reed 830) would be better?

    1. Thank you, but I'm still right in the middle of the learning curve! If you are looking for the thin cashmere knits, you probably want to get a fine gauge machine (a 8 or 12, I guess? ) - I'm always very cold, so this 4.5 works just fine for me. I almost never wear a simple ply, while I'm always covered up to my ears with a 2 ply or even a 3 ply sweater ... I honestly don't know other brands at all so I can't make a comparison !

  4. You must never have to shop at a regular store.


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