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Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Nancy cardigan (aka the seriously modified Something Red)

A few months ago, my co-worker Nancy wore the loveliest wrap sweater. It was the perfect length, the perfect fuzzy yarn, the perfect variegated shades of red and pink. That Nancy would find such a wonderful sweater was no surprise -- she's one of those effortless beauties, so chic and put-together. (But she's such a wonderful, talented, giving person that you don't hate her.)

Nancy has since moved to California, and we miss her. Come to think of it, she probably doesn't have much occassion to wear that cardigan now. So it's a good thing I tried to replicate it here.

I didn't find a pattern that quite fit the bill, so I picked up four skeins of Brooks Farm fourplay at Rhinebeck and started tweaking away at Something Red.

I used M1 increases instead of yarn-overs for the raglan increases because I didn't want the decorative holes. I then continued increasing along the neck edge so that the sweater would wrap just a touch. I decided against the lower body ribbing, made full-length sleeves and expanded the short rows on the collar so that it turned down. And I knit a long belt, just knit purl ribbing. Um, and that's that.

Turn it to the left.

This is probably one of my favorite finished objects yet. The fabric feels great and looks so smooth after blocking. Thank you, Nancy!

Oh, and thank you Michelle for sending this lovely apron -- she needs to set up an etsy shop, no? And I need to actually cook something in order to wear an apron, no?

Lastly, careful readers will remember the great coffee spill of 2006. I tried to soak the yarn, but without much success. So I chose denial, hiding the yarn until I have the heart to dye it or toss it. Problem is, I am *still* finding victims of the spill! Last week, I decided to shamelessly copy the crochet earrings that Sandra made. They looked fine when I was crocheting them, but I realized the awful truth when I tried to block them. The crochet thread was apparently stained by coffee, too! I'm such a loser.


Blogger Christie said...

Great sweater!

AndI like the coffee stained earring...from here it looks kinda marbled.

2:27 AM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Beautiful sweater! Nancy did a good thing and didn't even know it. I love all of your modifications to it.

6:21 AM  
Blogger Lesley said...

I love the wrap cardigan! I'm such a sucker for belted sweaters. I want to make yours in a fuzzy alpaca. Mmm...

Great work!

8:03 AM  
Blogger Liz K. said...

I have had serious hankerings for that yarn, and you have just settled it. I must have it.

Great radical modification -- it's an original design, you know! You look gorgeous.

8:26 AM  
Blogger Lolly said...

Oh Carrie! I love it! You have made so many lovely things, but I think I agree: this may be my favorite knit of yours to date too! So wearable, so fashionable.

I have three skeins of this yarn waiting for me in the stash... I wanna cast on now!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

The sweater looks great on you!

What would happen if you deliberately dunked the whole earring in coffee?

9:08 AM  
Anonymous melissa said...

your modifications look great. that's a beautiful sweater!

9:15 AM  
Blogger gleek said...

oh, i just adobe this wrap sweater! you look so cute in it and it fits you perfectly. it was a great idea for you to use something red and change it to your specs!

9:47 AM  
Blogger Noeysmommy said...

Beautiful! What a great job you did with the modifications.

10:17 AM  
Anonymous Iraida said...

The sweater looks great! And you're not a loser you're starting a trend!

10:30 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

The sweater is absolutely perfect! Incredible.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Meredith said...

Beautiful sweater! And the colors look just perfect.

11:06 AM  
Blogger Mayarn said...

That sweater is fab! Great job!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Shar said...

I love the mods. It looks great on you and the color is fab!

11:26 AM  
Blogger schrodinger said...

The sweater is fantastic. You look fabulous in it too.

That apron is great too.

Sorry about the coffee stain.

11:36 AM  
Blogger michelleknits said...

I'm glad you liked it! Did you find the earrings tucked into there? I hope they didn't get lost!!!

I love that sweater. So much!

12:10 PM  
Anonymous Angela said...

I love it! It's so much better than Something Red and also so much different. But great job! I want a sweater like that now, too.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Nettie said...

It came out so nice and the fit is perfect. I still spill things all the time too. That's why I mostly drink water.

12:17 PM  
Blogger elizabooth said...

The Sweater looks great! And I have to laugh about the earrings -- last night I had a glass of wine spilled on a new dress (my own drunken husband at his own drunken company Xmas party), so I feel your pain.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous Sandra said...

tweaks, smeaks. as far as i'm concern, that pattern is now an original by carrie m. :) the sweater looks faboo. no wonder it's one of your all time fav fos. looks quite fantastic on you. :)

and michelle's apron kicks some major ass. great fabric choices! it's just so purdy.

sorry about the coffee. i think the earring looks great, nonetheless. if you need some embroidery floss, let me know. i pick up this mega sampler of it from my local craft store here in jersey. i have a little bit of every damn color under the sun now.

12:56 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

Snuck over to the Brooks Farm, is all I can say. Must have been nice knitting with that yarn. That sweater looks great on you. The results just show how much you enjoyed making it.

2:13 PM  
Anonymous lisa said...

Wow - The Nancy Wrap looks incredible! I can't wait to see it in person - it's stunning in pictures. Sorry that the Great Coffee Spill keeps rearing it's ugly head. Sure does make for funny blogging though.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

You did a great job creating that sweater! The color, the yarn, the design - just perfect!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Erica B. said...

That sweater is gorgeous, love it!

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Alli said...

Great job on your sweater! I think it looks very chic. It always amazes me when people can look at a sweater or a pattern and modify it until it is exactly what they want.
Great work on your design!

4:29 PM  
Blogger ae said...

wow - what a gorgeous sweater!!!

4:38 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Wow! That sweater turned out so well! I love it!!!!!!

I think your coffee stained earring looks really cool that way! :)

6:38 PM  
Blogger Brown Pants said...

Wow, the cardigan looks fantastic!

8:39 PM  
Blogger Angela said...

Looks great! And I love the apron from Michelle. I just bought a Butterick apron pattern and am dragging out the Singer to whip a few up myself.

10:50 PM  
Blogger MeBeth said...

I love it too - and you can definitely claim the design as your own! As for the earring, I agree that you could just embrace the coffee stain as giving it a sort of vintage look.

9:20 AM  
Blogger bradyphrenia said...

great mods! i really like how the cardi is just a teeny bit of a wrap.

10:13 AM  
Blogger pixienyc said...

The sweater looks great! Sorry the coffee spill is still rearing its ugly head.

10:21 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

The Nancy cardigan looks great. What a great color for you. That's funny about the coffee. If it makes you feel better, I spilled a glass of milk all over my toaster and answering machine yesterday.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Katie said...

I love the Nancy cardigan! You did a masterful job of adaptation. Brilliant! That coffee keeps on giving, huh? Too bad about the stains rearing their head. I guess that's your token problem these days. Mine is running out of yarn.

10:53 AM  
Blogger Dorothy said...

Gorgeous Cardigan. It looks great on you too.

The earring looks like a handdyed yarn . I say go with it.

2:03 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

That sweater is SOOO cute, as I've already told you at length, I think. Makes me want to put down my zillion projects and knit a wrap sweater.
As for the adorable apron, I think you can wear it while heating up something premade from Fresh Direct, too. :)

2:16 PM  
Blogger Miss Scarlett said...

The crochet earring looks kind of cool with the coffee stain. I like it actually.
You appear to effortlessly design and knit your own sweater that is beautiful and fits perfectly and then you call yourself a loser?!
That is a cool apron - very now.

7:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wrap sweater is perfect! I am monumentally impressed that you just seemed to throw it together! How satisfying to knit something that you can wear a LOT.

8:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the earings look great...very unique

11:18 PM  
Blogger Carson said...

Thanks for visiting.
I couldn't find an email addy so I'm leaving a note here to say the Rowan "Butch Knits" my joke.
Just put it down to my love of a sardonic oxymoron!
Oh and your long sleeve version of Something Red came out great!

1:23 AM  
Blogger Kelly said...

ohhh your something red is fabulous!! Looks soo cosy!

6:01 AM  
Anonymous craptina said...

Yowzaa! Great pattern!, you look sexy!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful sweater! Well done. I love the red and pink shades - I want one!

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! thanks so much for leaving me a comment on my blog! i was rendered speechless that someone actually found and read it! it is just a newborn blog and i am still thanks! i have been a reader of yours for a while and love it!

10:00 AM  
Anonymous Kaetlyn said...

hey! thanks for posting a comment on my blog! i was rendered speechless that someone found and read my little newborn blog! i am still just learning. i have been a reader of yours and love it!

10:02 AM  
Anonymous rachel said...

Your Nancy is fabulous!! It looks so great on you!

8:30 PM  
Blogger Nik said...

You wear that sweater well, hon. Beautiful.

9:46 PM  

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