Saturday, September 08, 2007


Ta da! *^v^*
I finished her last night!

Frankly speaking, sewing it together wasn't as difficult as I thought, when I got to know the technique, mattress stitch became my best friend! I put some links at the end of this post that show stitching methods.

I knitted the collar a bit wider than the patterns says, about 8 cm, because it didn't work well when it was thiner. I also recommend very loose bind-off of the collar.

I'm very happy with the length of the cardigan, although as you can see, I had to knit quite a long part of the single cable in the upper part of the peplum (and my torso is normal length) - I have no idea how the model in the photo can have such short peplum, she must be a child, not a grown up woman.

I'm glad I added some rows to the sleeves, because they fit just fine, if I sticked to the recommended length they'd be 3/4 which is no good in the sweater.
On the other hand, I wanted the sweater to be snug around the bust, which resulted in the ugly front part of the button band, opening itself. I definitely must change it, I've been thinking about two solutions: 1. several clasps or press-studs instead of 2 buttons, or 2. turning the cardi into a pullover, sewing it up at the front. I'll check if I can buy some nice clasps and then decided what to do.

pattern: Vogue Knitting Anniversary edition - online free pattern
yarn: "Zorza" by Anilux, wool/acrylic blend
needles: 4 mm circulars, 60 cm long
started: 3rd August
finished: 7th September

I absolutely was able to knit this quicker, I just got distracted by other things, well... But it turned out that knitting a sweater doesn't take as long as I thought (= ages!...). And it wasn't some stockinette mindless job, it was looking-at-the-charts-all-the-time project, but it was relatively easy and intuitive.
My Belle is not perfect but I love her anyway! *^v^*

Here is me wearing my Belle this morning:

Here are the sewing techniques:
mattress stitch
several techniques (grafting, mattress, ect)
mattress stitch on stockinette pieces and garter pieces by Theresa from Bagatell::Knitting in Norway


Virtuous said...

Joanna!!! It loosk absolutely WONDERFUL!! Congratulations on a job Well Done!!

And Thank You so much for sharing your final project on the KAL!! With all of those helpful links too!

We are definitely learning from all of you that are done or almost done with SB!

I would consider just the small clasps in between the buttons. I think the button band makes the SB look really nice!

a friend to knit with said...

Wow! Great job............It looks absolutely fabulous!!!!!
Oh......It makes me want to knit allllll dayyyyyy!!!! :)

I agree with the small clasps in between.....however, how does it look up buttoned??? I don't think that I always plan on wearing mine buttoned? but maybe?

Thanks so much for all of the helpful tips along the way!
Enjoy her!!!

Liz said...

Wow, that is absolutely stunning!!! I bet you are proud of yourself. You'll get a lot of comments whilst wearing your Belle, I'm sure!

I'm so glad to have your tips on stuff like making the peplum longer and the collar wider, and so on. I'm glad you say it didn't take as long as you thought to knit, because I was kind of hoping to finish mine before Christmas if I start now, and now I feel a bit more hopeful of achieving it.

Well done!!

Sheila said...

Awesome!!! and SB looks great on you.

cathyC and anneW said...

Yes, the gape between the two - and inadequate number of buttons - is a problem for Anne too...she has yet to decide on her solution. Forewarned is forearmed...perhaps an extra button hole would work...but perhaps it is all to do with the weight of the project and needs a different answer.

Lynn said...

That is so beautiful! Congratulations! I've just started mine, so you've given me hope that it's all worth it. Good job!