Friday, November 09, 2007

once you pop, you can't stop.

Ahh, the ubiquitous Pringle of Scotland sweater. i've seen versions of this popping up everywhere. evidently besides taking the knitting world by storm, it's also trickled down to mass culture b/c i've seen people in the grocery store wearing lookalikes. i was taken with the sideways cable and garter stitch yoke, but i wanted to put my own stamp on it.
Pringle inspired cardigan
i used 8 skeins (about 960 yards) of Aarlan alpaca silk, which is a wool/alpaca/silk blend, on #8 knitpicks options. 32" bust with 3/4 length sleeves. the cable stitches are from the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns.
Pringle inspired cardigan
i didn't care for the bulk of the original cable design, so i used a woven braid cable instead. i knit the sideways panel first, slipping the first stitch of each row. I would actually recommend against doing this, b/c i needed to pick up more stitches for the body and yoke than actually existed. after the panel i knit the garter yoke, using EZ's method in knitting without tears. i added a few rows of short-row shaping to raise the back neck.

i then picked up stitches for the body and knit down, increasing every other cable repeat. on the increase rows, i did a M1 in the purl column between every cable. eventually i also increased the cable crossings from 3 stitches to 4 stitches (from 9 to 12 stitches for each cable) and then continued to increase the purl columns in between, all the way to the bottom.

for the button placket, i knit 4 inches of 1x1 ribbing. i only had 4 buttons but wanted to make my cardigan double breasted, so i sewed 2 hook and eyes in between the 2 rows of buttons to keep the top from gaping. i could've put buttons all the way down, but i never wear my cardigans fastened all the way and i liked the empire style, so i left the rest open.

i picked up stitches for the sleeves and knit straight in garter stitch to 3/4 length. interestingly (to me, anyway) there are no exposed cast on edges on this sweater, only bind-offs.
Pringle inspired cardigan
a better shot of the cable detail. here's the part where you should learn from my mistakes. i didn't wash and block my swatch. actually, now that i think about it, i didn't knit a swatch since i just started with the cable panel. so first knit a swatch, and then wash and block it, folks. when i gave my sweater a bath, it expanded exponentially. i was not expecting it to be quite so ultra-dramatic sweater coat. but honestly the more that i wear it, the more that the style grows on me (no pun intended).

the drape of the yarn is excellent, and it is lightweight and yet very warm. i think i made a great yarn choice, as the original sweater and most of the copies i've seen look too bulky to my eyes. i'm a sure a 100% wool yarn would've made the cables pop more, but for my frame i think it would have been too much. i love the way that this cardi swings when i walk.

so it may not be exactly how i originally envisioned, but i think my leap into design-by-winging-it turned out pretty well.

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26 comments:

  1. i didn't even know you were making one! it looks awesome! i always err on the side of too small myself, but that gracefully oversized silhouette is definately back in style yknow. ;)

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  2. It's a fabulous piece of design work you've got there, and it looks both comfy and flattering! I'm in awe.

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  3. That's beautiful! I originally thought of potato chips, but from now on, Pringle will stand for incredible design work, amazing sweater, as far as I'm concerned. Absolutely breath-taking.

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  4. That's amazing! Beautiful job!

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  5. I love your adaption. It must feel good to see something, say "hey i can make that" and actually DO it. I haven't gotten past the "hey I can make that" part. :-)

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  6. I love it!

    What a cool design, congratulations on winging it and having it work so well!

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  7. gorgeous! i actually love that sweater coat look on you! great job!

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  8. Oh, wow! That looks awesome. I don't think I could pull off that look, but it looks great on you. Love the horizontal yoke cables.

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  9. You finished that cardie pretty quickly! I love the garter sleeves :)

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  10. That is so awesome! The woven braid is a great alternative to the chunky cable.

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  11. I too thought the potato chips and expected a sweater with some sort of red and yellow intarsia. ;) Imagine my surprise at seeing such a fabulous swingy sweater of your own design! It's fantastic, excellent winging! :)

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  12. It looks amazing! It will have to go on my que.

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  13. it looks great! I like your modified version better than the 'original.' I also like the slightly oversized look of it on you -- it looks great!

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  14. Excellent! The secret sweater project is out of the bag. I love the color. I am seriously impressed.

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  15. OMG Sara - It is absolutely perfect!! I am in awe of the fact that you saw a sweater you liked and just made your own. A rich beautiful cardigan - excellent job!!

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  16. Holy crap, where did that come from? It turned out great. And it looks so comfy!

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  17. wow! That is a beautiful sweater! I gasped when I opened this posting. :)

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  18. VERY well, I'd say! Great job, it looks lovely on, I love the cables that you chose. What a great (and original!) take on the Pringle sweater - and chip slogan ;) Congratulations!! (and, I find it so interesting that there aren't any cast on edges too - cooool.)

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  19. Was this some sort of secret sweater project you've been hiding from us? It's amazing! You're brilliant! It's absolutely gorgeous. Love the drape.

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  20. Awesome!!!! What an amazing project. Very haute couture IMO. Go ahead and wear it proudly!!

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  21. Wow! Looks great, I really like how you made it as a cardigan. I think it looks much more wearable that way. And you're right, the drape from the alpaca is just perfect.

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  22. Wow! It is beautiful. Amazing job on "winging the design". So so pretty--I am very impressed.

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  23. That is just gorgeous! I love the cables you chose and it makes such a cute swingy jacket. Congratulations!

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  24. Very nicely done ... you did a great job and the sweater looks very cozy.

    Warmest wishes,
    firefly

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  25. Sara!! I'm so behind on my blog reading. This is stunning! I didn't even know you were working on it.

    Wow. Seriously. WOW!

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