Monday, December 05, 2011

The sweater Story

Some time ago, a girl came into the store where I work at.
She was wearing a store bought sweater, with a very strange shape, and it had this amazing detailig:  It had two braids, one horizontal and one vertical, that crossed over the back.  The braids were not knit with the sweater.  They were long straps of knitted fabric, braided and sewn to the main sweater.
It was amazing.  The shape: not so much, but the braids kept me thinking about them for days!



So as I rode on the bus I kept imagining how could I translate that into something one could actually knit all together!  Braids coming in opposite directions... I just couldn't figure it out!
And then, slowly this idea began taking shape.  And I sketched.


Deciding which yarn to use was actually quite easy.
I wanted to try something different.  And since I love Madelinetosh Yarns, and I have ony tried one of their multiple and awesome bases, it was clear that I needed to try another one!  The bad thing about these yarns is that they are not available where I live (we don't have much down here), so waiting for the yarn to arrive took AGES!
But it was well worth the wait, oh yes!  I received my 9 skeins of Madelinetosh Chunky, in colorway Tart.


Oh boy, this colorway rocks or what??????
And then I started playing with my yarn...
You can read the whole story here:
Jenica Hoodie

So far, it is looking great.  The cable is not exactly where I had envisioned it, but I am ok with it!
Hope you all like it too!




10 comments:

juicyknits said...

A very interesting idea and it keeps me wondering what the construction of yours is. hmmm....

Jenicaknits said...

Wow, this is looking fantastic. Yours is WAY nicer looking than the one your friend bought. I can't wait to start this!!!

aboudoir said...

So far, it really looks great ! I love when to follow how one can put into stitches what first pop up as an idea... Very interesting construction.
Sofiah

A A said...

Actually - I like how the horizontal cable is high up better than the original's placement. The original is a bit...religious, I suppose, lol? That colorway is gorgeous - I just recently discovered the MT Chunky and I'm in love...

Terri(terdotty on rav) said...

I like yours much better than the store bought sweater! The placement of the cable is much more flattering - love it!

mimilikestomakeprettystuff said...

It looks very good! Sometimes when thing don't turn out as we imagined they turn out even better. Very interesting construction method.

Joji said...

Thank you everybody for the compliments!!!! Now I feel much encouraged to keep going!

Anonymous said...

I agree with others who like your version much better than the original - I like how your cables seem integrated into the sweater rather than stuck on later!

Maritza said...

La verdad que te ha quedado divino!!! y te felicito porque al ver el dibujo, no se me hubiese ocurrido hacerlo, te felicito porque realmente se te ocurrio hacerlo!!! muy bonito el color y si es una buena manera de sacarse la foto cuando una no tiene a nadie que te ayude...SALUDOS, y me alegro que hayas aparecido...nos vemos.

kim said...

I can't wait to see this one completed. This would make an adorable child's coat too (hint, hint). Hope you are doing well. Have a great holiday season, Joji.