Upcycled Cardi Challenge, Part I

Dreadful indoor/evening photos, but you’ll get the idea.  And oh look, a kitty polaroid!

That’s one of my kitties, Yarn. You know how cats love photo shoots.

This is the cardigan I’m planning on using for the the revamp, and this is the yarn- some knitpicks merino style that I’ve had kicking around in my stash for at least 4 years. I think it’s a good match for this.

I’ve swatched the ribbing portion in my chosen yarn and needles (6 mm, US size 10), and am getting  5 stitches per inch in the ribbing. The cardigan is 26 inches around, when laying flat.

Now, the first decision to make: do I want the angled fronts, like the original cardigan? Or would I prefer normal, straight fronts?

I think I’m leaning more towards straight fronts. The angles of this are nice enough, but that’s not what attracted me to the cardigan. Also, I don’t feel super confident about copping the fronts evenly.  What do you guys think? Straight fronts? Or should I go for the chop? I have to decide before I cast on, as the angled fronts would change how much ribbing I’ll need from left front to right front.

Modification Monday: Catkin Phoenix

Original Pattern: Catkin

Knitter Extraordinaire: Katrin (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Using the shawl pattern for inspiration, Katrin created a top-down raglan short-sleeved cardigan.  Project page with great details on the modifications can be found here.

What Makes This Awesome: Not only do I love the colours, I think it was genius to use the shawl as inspiration for a gorgeous summer cardigan. The way she arranged the design to be flattering around the waist and hips, as well as the excellent inversion of the colours in the droplet/stripe sections are truly remarkable. This is one impressive knit!!

Upcycled Cardi Challenge and Stockholm Scarf Giveaway Winner

The Stockholm Scarf Celebration Giveaway winner is….Bee, who posted this thoughtful comment:
on your lovely pattern’s well-deserved popularity! I’ve had Stockholm queued up
on The Rav ever since the weather turned a touch icy here in Somerset.
Were I to get the chance to knit Stockholm in a Tanis colourway, I think I’d
have to plump for Mallard. All that blue-green sheen would zing up my winter
clothing for sure!”
congratulations,Bee !!
I was totally blown away by the sheer volume of comments. It takes a lot of time to go through all the comments, but it’s so exciting to make one knitter feel really special and get the yarn they want for their Stockholm Scarf!

I’ve been thinking about doing a little upcycling with the old wardrobe lately ( mainly because I’m trapped in maternity clothes and they are getting kind of old). Consider this:

This is a lovely (and expensive!)sweater from Anthropologie, a store filled with clothes I would love to own but most days cannot afford.  I pinned it ages ago as something that I thought would be an amazing project for up-cycling a cardigan- adding knitted ribbing, and embroidering on the stitches.

It occurred to me the other day that I have a cardigan this colour that I hardly ever wear (although more simple, without the reversed seams of this one), because I find it sort of blah. and I certainly have some cream coloured yarn in my stash. I already have everything I need! So- this is my public declaration of taking on recreating (more or less) this sweater at home. Let’s see how well I do! I’ll be sure to keep careful notes, in case this is a wonderful upcycling success and others wish to give it a go. of course, it could just as easily be a yarn bombed disaster that doesn’t look stylish at all…. Stay tuned!

Giveaway: Stockholm Scarf Celebration!

 Yesterday my first ever knitting pattern- the Stockholm Scarfhit one thousand projects on Ravelry!


To celebrate, Tanis Fiber Arts has generously agreed to send one lucky reader two skeins of Yellow Label (DK weight) in the colourway of their choice.

To enter: leave a comment telling me what your absolute #1 choice of colourway would be to knit up the Stockholm Scarf. And please leave me some contact info- an email address, a Ravelry ID name, something that allows me to get in touch with you! Deadline to enter is midnight on Friday (EST), the winner will be announced on Saturday!

Modification Monday: Koftan Stig

Original Pattern: Vanten Stig

Knitter Extraordinaire: Kristin (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Using the mitten colourwork chart for inspiration, Kristin knitting this top down cardigan with raglan increases and a rainbow palette of colour. More photos can be seen on her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: This cardigan turned out so beautifully- Kristin was right to pick this wonderful, interesting stranded design (it’s not a motif you see regularly in knitting!) to incorporate into the cardigan, and the extra touch of using the rainbow striping yarn for contrast makes it so much more fun and visually interesting. It looks beautiful!