Tuesday, May 19, 2009

FO: St. Brigid

Pattern: St. Brigid by Alice Starmore (Ravelry link)

Yarn: 10 skeins Louet Riverstone

Needles: US 5

Started: February 1, 2009 (St. Brigid's Day - no joke!)

Finished: May 15, 2009

Comments: A fantastic knit. Kept me on my toes the entire time. I had finished the sweater perhaps a month ago, but was working on getting a zipper inserted. Before starting the project I had ordered a color card from ZipperStop and then purchased a custom double ended zipper once I was done seaming the project together. If you haven't see that post about how I put in the zipper, just click here.

Modifications: I eliminated one full repeat which removed 3 inches off the length. The sleeves are a little snug on the forearm, so I added more of the checked rib to allow some ease. The original pattern is a pullover, but I wanted more use out of this piece and decided to convert it to a cardigan. The pattern also has you add fringe along the bottom. That wasn't going to work for me, so I added the small braid cable along the bottom, collar and cuffs. With the adjustments I was making, the zipper edges would be rough and could possibly catch on the zipper, so added a icord edging to give it a more smooth transition. I followed the Keyboard Biologist tutorial on applying icord to edges. I can see using this in many other pieces because it gives it that finished look.

This was such a fun project and I'm hoping everyone doing the Knit-Along will be done with their projects just in time for February 1, 2010 for the next St. Brigid Day.


A :-) said...

I'm going to have to get cracking on mine again . . . do over.

This is a stunning sweater and it's perfect on you. :-)

Laurelena said...

It looks absolutely fantastic, Red. Good choice on the zipper and I loved the little Tute you gave.

Knitterary said...

It's beautiful! Perfect fit, perfect color, perfect workmanship!

KathyR said...

Looks great, Kris! It works much better as a cardigan.

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ikkinlala said...

That is lovely... and very impressive!

Bethany (yarnorgy) said...

Truly, a beautiful piece of craftsmanship! (Where you wrote modifications, I misread it as 'medications'! It made me wonder if I would need meds to get through a project like this! :D