Sunday, November 4, 2018

Elton Cardigan and Ogden Cami

I haven't been posting everything I've been making, but this cardigan and cami are are special.
Knit Elton Cardigan and sewn Ogen cami with vintage fabric

The cardigan is a new Joji Locatelli pattern that came out in Sept 2018. The pattern alternates stripes of fingering yarn and mohair. It seems like everyone is knitting with mohair these days, but it was the first time for me. Let me just say that knitting single strand of lace weight mohair is a labor of love, but the end product is worth it. It's very delicate and airy - perfect for Austin weather.
Handmade knit Elton cardigan by Joji Locotelli
I was desperately trying to get by with just 1 skein of fingering yarn because this was the only skein I had (it's a lavendar/grey color from Hue Loco's Backyard chicken collection). It was very close in the end, but I just made it in under 450yd for size xs with shorter sleeves. I just love the drop shoulder design and will wear it a lot.

Despite the difficulty with mohair (I ended up using wooden needles instead of my typical metal to make it less slippery), the Elton cardi actually knit up pretty quick because alternating yarn every 4 rows gave me a goal each time I picked up a project. Instead of the typical "just one more row", I would go for "just one more stripe". The one painful mistake I made was on the band because I picked it up further up the collar distorting the front. By the time I realized it, I already bound off both bands using  tubular bindoff, which is very time intensive. At least I got really good at that bindoff by the end of the project after doing it twice on each band. The other thing I didn't really notice until after taking the photos is that while my stripes match up at the top, they don't mid way so when I button the cardi it's a little noticeable. However, I don't plan to wear it buttoned most of the time so I'm not going to redo that part. As far as everything else - I'm really happy with this project. Yarn, gauge and more pictures are posted on my Ravelry project page.

The other item is Ogden cami. This pattern has been blogged about so much that I don't think I can add much here other then it's a great basic pattern - well worth the cost and maybe the first thing I made without additional fit adjustments. However, what makes this project special for me is the fabric. It's vintage fabric that my grandmother gifted me from her stash when I visited Kiev this summer. She bought it 30-40 years ago intending to make a dress and now passed it on to me. She offered me a few other fabrics, but I barely had room in my suitcase for one and these colors are really me. I also realized where my fabric and yarn hording habits come from.
Handmade sewn Ogden top using vintage fabric
I was determined to make something from it shortly after getting back and considered a dress as well since the fabric is very flowy, but decided I would get more wear out of a top. The first one I made looked identical to this one, but I rushed into it and didn't read the size chart correctly so it was a too tight in the bust area. It wasn't an issue with the pattern, just me. I didn't want to make another mistake so the 2nd time around I made a muslin (rightmost photo) from cheaper poly fabric from Jo-Anns. I wore it all summer. I finally made the 3rd version from my vintage fabric again and lined with silk charmeuse. It's nice and  airy so I can wear it with shorts for more casual look in the summer or pair it with a blazer or a cardigan like I did in the first photo to wear to the office. I know it's not the most intricate garment, but I'm proud of myself for making something from it instead of hoarding it. I still think I have enough left for another top or skirt and this way I think of my grandma when I wear it. Thank you, grandma.

1 comment:

  1. The colours in the fabric your grandmother gave you are so beautifully rich and velvety, perfect for a cami!


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