Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sea Gray Vines

BTW, my geranium is in full blossom now :)

Name: Sea Gray Vines
Pattern: Vine Yoke Cardigan by Ysolda Teague
Yarn: Lanoso Alara, 50% cotton 50% acrylic
Needle: US 4 (3.5 mm)

This is a bit tricky and very original pattern by Ysolda Teague. Tricky, because it is knit sideways and with a latent length. I wish I had listened to my guts and added a few stitches to the body - now the cardigan is almost short. When it came to casting on for the sleeves I knew better and added 12 stitches (could have added a couple more). For the short rows I followed the modifications suggested by knittingfan:
Modification for Neckline Decreases:
* rows 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 as instructed
* row 4 knitted all the way to the end (same as row 8)
* row 6 - same as row 2
For the grafting I used two youtube videos for grafting in stockinette stitch and in garter stitch.

It took me about 10 days to knit the cardigan and another 10 days to find some buttons. Alas, not THE buttons. From the very beginning, when I bought the gray yarn, I knew I wanted this cardigan with tomato red buttons. I found the perfect ones on an old dress of mine, but they were only 6. Nevertheless, I made the 9 buttonholes, certain that eventually I'll find either three more of the same or 9 similar buttons. Well, I reckoned wrong. All the round red buttons available nowadays in Sofia are either pinkish or brownish, and the tomato red ones are too large, or square, or elliptic. So, having rummaged through all button-selling shops known to me in Sofia, I settled for these simple unobtrusive gray buttons.

But button issues set aside, this is a nice pattern and I like the final result.


  1. Lovely sweater, great job! Sometimes these items grow a bit when they are worn, maybe the length issue will work itself out?

  2. I love your cardigan. You look great in it.

  3. That's an adorable sweater. I love the bright buttons on the first one.

  4. This is quite lovely! It is really quite flattering.