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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Tapestry - officially!

Tapestry in the park
Tapestry on a park bench

The week after I graduated from college, my father and I drove my car from Los Angeles to New York. We took a southern route through Arizona and New Mexico and I may have dragged him into a yarn shop... or ten. I stayed away from the more generic ones, opting instead for hand-dyed or natural-dyed wool yarns local to the area. I came away with a broad spectrum of colors; it wasn't until months later that I decided to try and use all the yarns together in one garment.

A lot of swatching led to the garter stripe pattern in this sweater, which is very good at making different colors play nice with each other. The stripes remind me of woven fabric not unlike the tapestries displayed throughout New Mexico. Waist shaping, vertical stripes, and belled sleeves make this structured, zippered jacket both feminine and flattering.

DIFFICULTY
Intermediate

SKILLS NEEDED
Decreasing, short rows, picking up stitches, basic crochet and sewing skills

SIZE
XS[S, M, L, XL, 1X, 2X] (shown in size XS with 1 inch of ease)

FINISHED MEASUREMENTS
Chest: 33[36, 38.5, 41, 44, 46.5, 51.5] inches
Length: 21.5[22, 22.25, 22.5, 22.75, 23, 23] inches

MATERIALS
[MC] Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride [85% wool, 15% mohair; 190yd/173m per 4oz/113g skein]; color: Onyx; 1[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
[CC1] La Lana Wools Knitting Worsted [100% wool; 200yd/183m per 4oz/113g skein]; color: Black Raspberry; 1[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
[CC2] Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride [85% wool, 15% mohair; 190yd/173m per 4oz/113g skein]; color: Ruby Red; 1[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
[CC3] Rio Grande Worsted Singles [85% wool, 15% mohair; 190yd/173m per 4oz/113g skein]; color: Winter Plum; 1[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
[CC4] Tierra Wools Organic Rambouilett [100% wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: Lt Indigo over Chamisa; 1[2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
[CC5] Tierra Wools Organic Rambouilett [100% wool; 220yd/201m per 100g skein]; color: Cutch; 1[1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2] skeins
1 32-inch US 8/5mm circular needle or size needed to obtain gauge
1 US H/5mm crochet hook
1 16-inch separating zipper
Stitch holders or waste yarn
Tapestry needle

GAUGE
17 sts / 24 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch
17.5 sts / 36 rows = 4" in garter stitch

NOTE ON YARN SUBSTITUTIONS
Unless you find yourself driving on the same route through New Mexico, it would be difficult to replicate my yarn choices exactly. I recommend using Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride as a substitute for the entire garment; any heavy worsted or aran weight wool yarn should work as well.

Go ahead and experiment with your colors; the stripe pattern really does help unusual combinations look like they belong together, especially with black or another neutral as the MC. It's also a great way to use up yarns from your stash!

Pattern price: $5.00

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3 Comments:

  • WOW!

    That is a super sweater, it look great on you...custom made :-)

    Love the story about how you picked the yarn/pattern

    By Blogger knitting-cat, at 4:16 AM  

  • It looks great! I love that you noted how much ease you had too. Information is gooooood. :)

    By Blogger Brittany, at 5:21 AM  

  • Congratulations, Jo! What a great sweater and you look ge-or-geous.

    By Anonymous Elspeth, at 9:31 AM  

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