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Thursday, January 10, 2008

papillon


Papillon top in the latest issue of Knitscene (spring 2008)

and my own dimly lit photo of the stitch detail taken seconds before running to the post office to mail the finished garment.



The issue also has an article by Grumperina on how to seam your knits and I was kind of flattered that they used this top to illustrate the mattress stitch. You get to see a little bit of the inside of the sweater and where I wove the end into the seam. Seeing that tail end does something to me... I don't know it reveals something about hand made. I'm not sure what it is.

This design is very simple and is marked as a project ideal to make for your first sweater. The front and back are identical with a boat neck, modified drop sleeve and waist shaping from changing needles sizes.
Thinking about first sweaters led me to reminisce about my first sweater. It might have been 1982; I got the yarn from a designers stash after I helped organize her workroom (maybe I'm making this part up? I'm feeling old trying think back this far)...anyway it was orange bulky cotton, front and backs were the same. And it was an oversized (but short) square necked vest that I made up as I went. I gave it to my friend and she claims to still have it! One of these days I'll have to check and maybe take a picture.

11 comments:

Marnie said...

Really gorgeous piece, Kat. I expect that any first time knitter who makes this piece will be smitten. The little butterfly motifs and scalloped hem are such get touches.

Gudrun Johnston said...

Yes this is a really cute sweater....love the little butterfly stitch!

Connie said...

Very pretty, Kat (as usual). I love the little details in your work. Certainly a very rewarding first project for any knitter I would think! I think I started out with a vest. Somehow, the idea of sleeves really scared me ;)

Michele said...

i love where you talk in this post about seeing the handwork on the inside of your sweater. i think your work has so much of your person and personality in it. like the little stitches on the felt hearts on the pins.

your care and love and time just shine through.

Poethead said...

The sweater is adorable. It's such a great alternative to a straight, boxy sweater for a new knitter--or even a long-time knitter. It's so cute!

Julia (MindofWinter) said...

It's a great top - definitely one of my favorites in that issue!

Nonnahs said...

Cute top! The stitch detail really makes it so special.

knitcircus said...

Man, I love that stitch detail! I actually see more of it in your pic than in the magazine. I think I'll have to make this sweater for myself this spring....
Lovely work, as usual.

Romi said...

I love it! Very very flattering and lovely.

Anonymous said...

i must run out and buy that magazine. this top is so beautiful great work!

Gudrun Johnston said...

I've given you a wee award -come and see!