Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lady Kina cardigan

Jodie from Jellywares turned me on to this cardigan pattern.  It is called Lady Kina and for those of you on Ralvelry, the pattern can be found there. Being a bit bored with endless stockinette stitching, I decided to put in some floral "embossing".



Cute huh?  Hard to tell on the screen but it is a pretty green color.

Ok, that is not the end of this story.  In fact, it has a sad ending.  Things would have been peachy if I had used a nice wool yarn.  Alas, I used a wool blend (really, only a touch of wool, mainly acrylic).  This type of yarn does not block well and will not hold it's blocked shape.  I know this, but for some reason hoped it would be ok.


As I wore it, it slowly unblocked and reverted to it's pre-blocked state. I hated to do it but I unraveled the bottom section, removing the floral border.  I am almost done reknitting per the pattern instructions.  Sigh...lesson learned.

7 comments:

  1. i can't say anything nice about acrylic yarn. even when there is only a bit of acrylic in it. but your sweater is very pretty.

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  2. Oh no, and it looked so lovely all that work.

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  3. Lucky me to see this beauty in person. Undoing is never fun but you'll be happier you did.

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  4. I started knitting squares which are going to be sewn into a blanket. My son wants me to sew it into a sleeping bag. He's 6 and he keeps on saying: knit mommy, knit.
    http://hobbieswithyarn.blogspot.com

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  5. oh drat! and that was the most awesome sweater I ever saw! I can't believe your knitting prowess!

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  6. I think it is great that you experimented -that is the fun part of crafting. Sorry to hear about it losing its shape. I use acrylic yarn for things like dog blankets for the local charity as they find them easy to launder and quick to dry. I've had both bought and made acrylic cardigans though which have gone stringy in time. You would've thought the manufacturer would've come up with a perfect blend by now.

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