I finished knitting Kirigami about a week ago.
Pattern: Kirigami by Kate Gilbert, in the Winter 2009 Twist Collective
Yarn: Maple Creek Farm Omaha in Berry and Emerald
Needles: US 7
Time to Knit: October 18 to November 6, 2010
Modifications: I shortened the sleeves, and allowed some of the purple trim to show on the hemmed edge.
This sweater was fun to knit. The sweater construction on the yoke was interesting with afterthought shoulders. The sweater is in reverse stockinette, but the pattern suggests turning the sweater inside out when knitting the body so that it's all knit stitches instead of all purl.
I also got to use some of my vintage buttons on this sweater. They're mismatched (I love this), and I like how they look with the stripes.
I made this sweater short-sleeved because long-sleeved worsted sweaters just tend to be too hot to wear to work. It's also nice because then I don't have to knit sleeves :) I wore this to work last week when the temperature was in the 60s outside and I wasn't too hot.
There's also another FO in the above pictures. Let me give you a better view of it.
I liked that green Jalie top so much that I made another one. It only takes a couple of hours to sew it up, and it's a great shirt. This time I made the bands around the neckline about twice as wide. Oh, and since several people have asked, I don't have a serger. I sew all of my knits on my standard sewing machine. Jalies suggests using a zigzag and a straight stitch on each seam, and this is what I do.
Knit fabric is pretty forgiving to sew, and if you're thinking about trying it, you really should.
The fabric for this shirt is left over from the brown dress I made this summer. And since I didn't have quite enough of it, I used a different fabric in the back. It's left over from my purple dress, and I really didn't have much of it. I put a seam up the back of the shirt to make it work.
I like the two colors in this shirt. It's just a regular brown shirt when worn under cardigans or vests, but it's got something special when worn on its own.
Since my sweater is finished I was able to start my skirt for KriKnitSkiMo. More on that soon!