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Knitted Cardigan: Caramel

Last year, in October I started working on this knitted cardigan. I believe I’m not the only one who’s wandering through Ravelry, looking for a new pattern to work on, when the library is full of projects waiting to be cast on. Well, I was like that until I remembered I really, really liked this Caramel cardigan, by Isabell Kraemer.

<rant>I have a thing for asymmetrical cardigans, I find them comfy and warm and suitable for skirts, dresses and jeans. And if there’s anything I love about clothing is the comfy factor. I don’t care if I don’t have the hottest piece of the year in fashion, I want my clothes to make me feel good when I’m wearing them. </rant over> :)))

And so begins my Caramel journey. For this project I used Katia Merino Effect, shade 605 and Katia Merino 100%, purple (thanks to a lovely lady who sent me this yarn all the way from Frankfurt!). Used the 3,25 mm carbon needles from Knit Pro. At one point the project grew so much and I was afraid the weigh of the yarn might break these needles or the cable, but these needles are strong.

Because I did not have enough yarn to finish the sleeves, I used some purple merino I had from my stash, the same thickness as Katia yarn. And made the sleeves only three quarters, I don’t want full sleeves for this cardigan, as I want to wear it when it’s warmer outside.

I followed the pattern to the letter for the body part, but improvised the sleeves. I used 3 mm short circular to work the sleeves, did not cast on more stitches. Worked in the round for 41 rows then started the last 42 rows of rib – K1, P1. And cast off.

Before I washed the cardigan (in the bad lit pictures below), the back was perfect, it suited me perfectly. But after washing, the merino stretched. And not where I wanted it to – length – but in the shoulders. Basically, the back was so huge, it would fall off my skinny shoulders.

So I put it in the washing machine, used the wool program and washed it. After it was all dry, I took a 3,5 mm crochet hook and made a row of slip stitches on the last row of the ribbing edge, then made another row of slip stitch on the first row of the project, the first row of the ribbing edge. And this way, the back stays put, not stretching too much.

You’ll see in the last picture, the one where I’m wearing the knitted cardigan, the subtle rows of slip stitches. The real color of the cardigan is the one in the „selfie”, the other pictures were made in my room, lit only by an energy saving light bulb, which does not show the true pretty color of the cardigan.

How much I enjoyed the pattern? 5 starts out of 5.

How much I loved the yarn? 5 starts out of 5.

Overall: 5 stars project!

Christening Gift – Cadou de botez

RO: Primul proiect început și terminat în cadrul Olimpiadei Handmade e un set pentru un bebeluș, un cadou de botez. Adevărul e că durează doar vreo 8 ore tot proiectul, hai 10 cu tot cu pauze de cafea și odihnit ochii.

Sfetărul e lucrat cu fir de bumbac cu acril, Alize Cotton Gold – e mai moale astfel – și cu andrele de 5mm, circulare. Deși tutorialul – Kimes, de Taiga Hilliard Designs – cerea tricotarea normală, în bucla din față, eu l-am tricotat în bucla din spate. Pentru că am vrut să obțin un efect de fir răsucit, ca și cum ar fi un model anume. Plus că am mai mare viteză astfel. Am adăugat un pătrat colorat și gata bluza.

Botoșeii sunt improvizați, i-am lucrat rapid, cu croșeta de 3,5 mm, într-o oră. Dar poți folosi un tutorial gratuit de crosetat botosei pentru a lucra o pereche asemănătoare. Pam-pam!


EN: This is my first project completed during the Ravellenics 2016, a christening gift for a baby boy. It only took me about 8 hours to make it. Ok, let’s round it up to 10 hours, with all the breaks and cups of coffee I had :))

I worked with 5 mm circular needles and Alize Cotton Gold yarn, which is cotton with acrylic, to make the natural fiber more soft and flexible. Although the pattern – Kimes, by Taiga Hilliard Designs – asked for normal knitting, which is in the front loop, I knitted in the back loop. I wanted to get a subtle stitch pattern look. And I’m faster this way.

I added a granny square I had lying around and voila!

As for the booties, I used the same yarn and 3,5 mm hook. No particular pattern, I made them up as I crochet. But you can use this free pattern for baby booties.


christening gift handmade



Sfetăr de primăvară – Spring knitted top

RO: Acasă, în Banat, îi zice „sfetăr”, dar fără mâneci. În Bihor îi zice „sfeter”. În orice caz, e o haină perfectă de primăvară. L-am lucrat dintr-un fir excelent, Alize Angora Gold – lână, mohair și acril. Se comportă bine și la purtare și după spălare, chiar și la mașina de spălat. Cu timpul devine ușor aspru, dar redevine moale după spălare – recomand balsamul de rufe la spălare.

N-am urmat vreun model anume, l-am improvizat pe măsură ce tricotam. Voiam doar să fie un sfetăr tricotat lejer și ușor elegant, potrivit pentru rochiile de primăvară. L-am numit „Rose”, de la vinul rose pentru că firul e un degrade superb de roz și roșu.

L-am lucrat în vreo 3-4 zile, cu 3 seturi de andrele: 5 mm, 6mm și 3,75 mm, plus croșeta de 4 mm pentru margine. Da, marginea e atât tricotată, cât și croșetată. Și tare mult îmi place combinația.

Pentru că l-am făcut pentru mărimea 36, mie mi-i mare. Așa că-l vând cui vrea să-l ia (detalii pe mail, desigur). E făcut să fie purtat peste o rochie fără mâneci. N-are nasturi, pentru că era păcat să stric marginea cu nasturi, dar poate fi purtat cu o curea îngustă, legată sub bust. Ar arăta minunat cu o rochie galbenă cu buline albe sau chiar verde crud. Uf, câte combinații mi-au trecut prin cap. Gata, îmi fac și mie unul, că tare mult îmi place. 😀

L-am scos la vânzare pe Etsy.


EN: It’s a perfect spring knitted top, no sleeves, casual and cute. I call it `Rose Shrug` because the color reminds me of rose wine. Made with Alize Angora Gold yarn – wool, mohair and acrylic, a very good combination. I have several shawls made of this yarn, and I love how easy it is to wash it. It might get a bit scratchy after a lot of wearing, but it becomes soft again after washing – I recommend using something like Silan or Cocolino to make it softer.

I had no particular pattern for this, I just knitted having in mind the image of a soft, casual and spring appropriate shrug, perfect for sleeveless dresses.

I used 3 different sets of needles: 6 mm, 5 mm and 3,75 mm and the 4 mm hook for the border, which is both knitted and crocheted. I love how it looks this way, and this is why I wanted to make it without buttons.

Unfortunately for me, I made it one size to big for me (I am quite small and skinny) but the good news is that this Rose Shrug is for sale. If you want to wear it over a yellow polka dot dress or a bright green dress, you can have it.

And I think I might make one for myself, I love it too much not to make one for myself.

This one is for sale on Etsy.