Sunday, April 09, 2006

Just another FO

Trinity's Ripple cardigan (that's what I'm calling it) is complete. Well, the knitting's done. I need to find just the right buttons yet, but that entails a trip to the other side of town. I'm calling the sweater done.

I'll be typing the pattern out, but I will let you know right now, it's only in one size. It will, of course, include the ripple stitch pattern. From what I can tell, this should fit a 2-3 year old. The finished chest size is 26". The yarn? Well, I gave you the details in the last post. Any DK weight yarn will work. A solid colour yarn will show up the ripple pattern quite nicely, too, I think.

Something I forgot to tell you about. After I was paid for knitting the plain, boring, off white, stocking stitch vest, the money earned went towards books, books I've had my eye on for a while.

I have a feeling I'll be using the Vogue Knitting book a fair bit. I particularly like the design section. There is some excellent information there. Right now, it's on my dining room table, where I've been working out the pattern for another little sweater, this time for my other granddaughter, Oceanna. Her cardigan will be made out of sock yarn and done in a Feather & Fan pattern. I'll post pictures this week. I'm sure by now, every knitter knows what the F&F pattern looks like. Working it a self-patterning sock yarn, one with broad bands of colour, makes it a striped F&F. The sleeves will be in a solid, complementary colour. You'll just have to wait for the pictures.

My cardigan, the Donegal Tweed one, is patiently waiting for all the other design ideas in my head to move out. It's languishing on the same dining room table, watching me, wondering when it will make its way into my wardrobe. Soon, I promise!

On other fronts, we got some gardening/yard work done today. John's been very good with keeping up the yard, so there hasn't been a lot of spring clean up to do. This morning, we went to the nursery and picked up a few flowering plants for some baskets. They've all been planted and are waiting on a sheltered part of the deck for the sunshine and warmth to kick in. As well, the herbs I chose (English thyme, sage, mint, and parsley) have been planted in the planter on the lower deck. They join the rosemary and lovage plants I planted there last year. Once the daffodils and narcissus are finished blooming, I'll be getting a couple more herb plants for my herb garden. I've always wanted a herb garden and this planter box is just right for it. I'm so looking forward to cooking with fresh herbs this summer and fall, as well as drying some for winter usage. (Lovage dries really well and is awesome in soups.)

Now, dinner. We need to eat. I think this may be a movie night; that means popcorn and Coke for dinner. We do eat healthy around here... most of the time. *grin*


  1. That Cardigan is Lovely! I am sooo glad to see that you put the pattern on the body of the sweater but not the sleeves.
    I did the same thing for a Pullover based on the Wonderful Wallaby. Of course now that I've got the body and sleeves done up to the join point I was worrying that having plain sleeves would look odd. Now I know it can look great. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, that's such a beautiful cardigan!! the ripples pattern looks pretty in a not-too-frilly way and I already have a yarn in mind I could use for this:-) My daughter is 1,5 yrs old, so it should fit her well when I'm finished with it:-)
    Thanks so much for sharing the pattern!

  3. Hey Ev,
    I started the ripples cardigan this weekend and loved the pattern. A few inches into it I decided I was using the wrong (too colorful and variegated) yarn for the project and frogged it. Sigh. It just wasn't the right match...:-(
    Anyhow, I think I noticed a little typo in the pattern: for row 5 of the left side of the cardi it says:" k1*yo,k2,ssk,K1 and I think it should be *yo,k2,ssk,p1*
    Another question: do you mean right/left front looking at it or right front from the wearer's point of view? I'm always confused about that one;-)
    Greetings from Hamburg,

  4. Hi Julia,
    You're right! That is a typo and you got it right; it should read *yo, k2, ssk, p1*.

    In this case, the right front is facing you when the work is Right side (vs purl side) facing you. Does that meake sense?