Knitting

Marion Cardigan

Me n Kat decided to, once again, do a knitted project together, w00t!

This time it was the Marion Cardigan by Andi Satterlund – we are slowly working our way through her patterns, REALLY nice patterns, how can we not?!

 together

Look, we match !!!!! omg exciting. And there is even a baby.

So I made the size M (I think from memory) and it fits pretty well. I didn’t have to go up or down a size as my gauge was fine.

front sitting

The Marion Cardi has pretty overlapping cables down the middle on each side of the bodice and stops at the waist.

back 2

The back is plain but with the variegated Crucci Landscapes yarn it makes it look so much more exciting.

I also doubled the amount of rows of rib because it was weirdly short and in my opinion looked funny.

sideways

I actually left about 10 rows off the bottom (before the rib) so that it would sit on my waist as my waist is really high.. I had the problem with my Mryna that it sat slightly below the waist but would bunch up and look weird..

back cardi

(This is just after I had pulled it down but you can see that it doesn’t sit quite right..)

cables

Aww, close up pic of the cables – my first cable project !!

Ain’t they cool?!

Wasn’t actually that hard to do cables but since they twist and turn, you have to be careful where you’re up to in the actual knitting pattern and in the cables pattern, that got a little confusing at times.

buttons

The buttons I chose are plain matt blue, oh my gosh so pretty. (btw I love this cardi!)

There were supposed to be 5 buttons but of course I shortened the length so only 4 which is kinda odd when you stare at it for too long.. please don’t do that.

sleeves

The Marion is supposed to have 3 quarter sleeves but I lengthened them by so many rows because, warm garments with short sleeves, say what?! LOOK AT HOW LONG THEY ARE NOW, they cover all the way up to my fingies, YaY, warm hands for winter!

I went to put another pic in and.. well.. there are no more ūüė¶

Kat will have some tho, go check out Kat’s Marion!!

The Hetty Cardigan

Several months ago (SO behind on blogging cause lazy), I made the Hetty Cardi by Andi Satterlund.

Actually, I made it at the same time as Kat made hers and after an awesome high tea at Petone we took pictures by the beach!

In fact, you can kinda tell how behind I am on my blogging since my hair is now shoulder length.. uhem..

Hetty front 1

ANYWAYS! The Hetty!!!

I made this using the Crucci Landscapes yarn found on the Skeinz website.

It’s 75% wool and 25% alpaca and SO SOFT so I can actually use it. Oh, and naturally, it’s 10ply since all of Andi Satterlund patterns are 10ply.

This is the same yarn I used for my Mryna in my OAL Outfit Along in July.

Hetty front 2

The Hetty is a beautiful pattern with lots of eyelet detail which is easy enough to knit up, although I think I went back several rows at several times so.. maybe not that easy?. However it was only my second cardigan so.. gimme some credit yo!

Honestly, I love the pattern, I love the neckline looking at it here but I HATE THE SHORT SLEEVES. Oh and also it’s way too tight and too short.

Hetty back 1

So for these photos I actually pulled it down constantly trying to make it look better but it only just covers my bust. In saying that, that was my fault because I did make it shorter since my Mryna was just slightly too long and bunches at my waist.

However for the amount of rows I took out I didn’t think it would be THIS much shorter.. hmm… note to self – try on cardi as it’s being made.

I just put the below photo in cause oh my gosh I look happy!

Hetty back 2

The other thing I didn’t do was check my gauge. Considering that I had just made my Mryna and it was knit loosely I’m quite surprised that this turned out this tight. As in.. the buttons keep popping open haha

This pattern did teach me that I don’t look short sleeves on warmer garments though. Usually I overheat so if I’m gonna be wearing any woollen then I want ALL of me covered otherwise my hands are gonna get cold and then I get sad. And then I generally get hungry and then I get hangry cause that’s just how I roll.. I’m always hungry. mmMmm cheezles.

 

Hetty side 1

OAL Outfit Along

Hi hi !

A couple of months ago my sis decided it would be a good idea to join in the OAL outfit along with Andi Satterlund from Untangling Knots and Lauren from Lladybird. Oh my gosh, it totally was a good idea. I KNITTED A THING!

front_side cardi sitting

Kat also knitted a thing. Together we knitted the same thing. Win.

We used the same wool – Crucci Landscapes – but different colours – mine is the Forest and Kat’s is the Lava.

bridge

The outfit along consisted of a cardigan and a dress. I decided to go with the chosen Myrna by Andi Satterlund for the cardigan.

For the dress I chose the Alameda Dress by Pauline Alice.¬†This is the pattern that I won from my Circley¬†Tiramisu Dress in Indie Pattern Month “New To Me” challenge. Thanks again to everyone who voted for me, I absolutely LOVE this pattern.

The Myrna knitted up quite quickly considering this is my first knitting project. The other knitting projects I have done were¬†scarfs when I was a kid that I never completed and.. I didn’t actually start them either, that was mummys job, you’re amazing mummy!

I found the pattern very straight forward to follow and the only thing that really confused me were the short rows –¬†I think I did my left side 4 times and then realised I was following the instructions for the right side.. awkward.

back cardi

The keyhole in the centre back looks AWFUL until you touch it up and then it looks really good, I am so pleased with it!

keyhole cardi

Since my waist seems to be quite high – as in, I usually take everything up by about an inch to make it fit properly – the cardigan sits a little bit too low and wrinkles. Good to know for next time so I can try to take it up a little bit? HA that’s if I can figure out how to do that.

buttons cardi

The buttons I found in my stash and were cheap ones from Spotlight back in the day. My flatmates helped me choose them and I am happy with the result, well done flatties!

neckline cardi

Neckline detail – it looks pretty good I reckon!

sleeve cardi

Sleeve, which unfortunately does not sit properly at the underarm across to my boob – lame! Maybe I actually needed to put more stitches in here since I now have total guns from the gym. W00t gym, guns not so much.

flounce

EEEEE dress – look at the flounce at the bottom, beautiful! On a side note – not sure what face I’m pulling there.

front dress looking down

The Alameda Dress by Pauline Alice is lovely. It has piping down the princess seams, a flounce along the bottom, an invisible zip up the back and is fully lined.

pockets front dress

I haven’t made up a Pauline Alice pattern before and the instructions were lovely to follow!

I also used the pocket pieces from the skirt on view B (view B is a skirt with flounce and invisible zip and pockets and a crop top).

back dress looking down

Excuse the bra straps!

I used a quilting fabric that I got at Made on Marion about a month ago when I got 3 fillings at the dentist. Poor Maryanne, she had to talk to me when I couldn’t make my mouth move properly cause the numbing stuff. Bahahahah¬†must’ve been quite hard to not laugh at me I reckon.

The lining I found in my stash – last piece, just enough! Awesome, cause I totally forgot to buy some for this.

back dress open zip

The piping I made myself by using the instructions from my Birdy Bluet post, which need a bit of touching up, so I might put it into a tutorial post of its own, easy to find for next time!

I used a dark chocolate-brown poplin from my sisters stash – thanks sis!

front bodice lining

So the dress is fully lined, as in the only ONLY seam that isn’t enclosed is the CB on the flounce since the flounce isn’t lined.

The pattern says to hand stitch the lining around the zip and around the bottom. Umm.. that is definitely not a thing that I do, not anymore anyway, I HATE HAND STITCHING!!

Right, so.. I used my zipper foot to attach lining to zip down to the bottom of the lining with a bit left unstitched so I could fold it under.

I then folded it under and top stitched it around the bottom – fully encased, no hand stitching, total win!

front lining dress
There is a bit of gaping around the armholes, but it’s because I was making this in winter, in my cold cold room and did not want to try it on during the process. Also, I don’t make muslins cause lazy.

I can deal with a bit of gaping since the rest of the dress looks damn good!

I took in the centre back seam by about 1cm on each side since it was a bit big and perfect! Love it! Favourite make so far!

pockets

eeeeeeeee pretty waterfall pic, enjoy!

waterfall