Monday, August 31, 2009

Campaniform; Or, How I Challenge the Stash

Moons ago in April, I began hatching a plan for stash usage.
I decided I wanted to play with a particular garment shape idea, and Campaniform was born.
Pattern: Campaniform
Yarn: 2 hanks of Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool, in "Lava"

I had so very much fun knitting this mini cardi. Very mini cardi.
Playing chicken with the yardage turned out alright in some respects, and not so great in others.

Alright: The knit was finished with only about 3 metres of the yarn left
(I'm astonished by my estimation powers)
Not so Great: In a stroke of goofy luck, I miscalculated the number of stitches for the front - subsequently I have a gap that is much larger than originally intended.
This error has been "surmounted" by the wee tags n' buttons, but not entirely satisfactorily.

Incidentally, the vote I put out there for button choice ended up being tied between leopard and clocks. It was a really tough decision! But with the clocks I went.

Alright: I really really like the shape, and think I have some useful data that can be applied to a new pattern idea.
It was a simple top down raglan, but as you can see, the sleeves ate up most of the yarn with their fun puffiness. I also short-rowed across the back, to give it a bit of a cute wee curve, as well as save some of the yarn. You can sort of see it in this back photo.
Not so Great: I held out hope til the last that there would be enough to pick up and knit along the front panels, and bring them closer together.
Sadly, I had not the required yardage.
le sigh.

It is comfort, though, that this knit has grown on me significantly after having worn it to work on yesterday (when I conducted this photoshoot).

The inspiration for this knit was partly the yarn, which is lovely and knits up wonderfully. I also looked to the beautiful gowns and fashions of the mid-late 18th century. While certainly not an attempt at exact replication, it's more of an homage to the off-the-shoulder neckline and belled sleeves of pre-revolutionary France. Hence the appropriateness of the clock buttons :)


Nettie said...

It looks awesome!!

I love the shape!

Shannon said...

*love* *love* *love*

Most especially the button situation on the front!

Yuliana said...

love love this
esp the sleeves and the button situation.

Team Knit ! said...

wow, this is gorgeous! the sleeves are stunning, and I love the tabs and buttons. Such a gorgeous knit!!

- Julie

Kathleen said...

Very cute! I love the puffed sleeves and off-the-shoulder style. I was eyeing that yarn (in that color) recently. Looks even better as a knit than in the hank.

neferatowen said...

It's beautiful! I love the sleeves!!!! Any chance you'll post the pattern? :D

soknitpicky said...

This is so lovely and full of romance. I love the puffy sleeves and the tabs across the front!

Hilary said...

Tres cool! I actually really love how the fronts are far-ish apart and are held together with those longer straps. Good call on the clock buttons...I was one of the leopard button voters, but now that I see the whole piece, I believe the clocks were the right way to go. Such a neat shape to this one...just awesome!

Clumsy Knitter said...

Wow--that is super cute and so creative! I love the sleeve and the tabs across the front. Very impressive!

Rosie said...

I love it so much!

Sally said...

The sleeves are really cute and the tabs are a great improvisation. I declare this project to be good!

prettylittlething said...

I definetely love your original touch.

Loulek said...

That's cute! I love the french sleeves it's the kind of cloth we'll wear this winter in France :)

Cassiemarie said...

super cute.
I think it would also be cool to attach fabric to the bottom (gathered maybe?) to make it into a cardigan. Hmmmm, now I am scheming.... hehe.