Friday, December 23, 2011

St. Brigid Finale



Project: St. Brigid 
Pattern: St. Brigid by Alice Starmore, from Aran Knitting
Yarn: Scottish wool, heavy worsted to Aran weight
Yardage:  1000g, about 2000 yards
Needles: Size 6
Cast on: September 27, 2011

Cast off: December 18, 2011
Finished size: Chest 48 inches, body length 26 inches, wingspan 59 inches
Cost: No retail cost. Traded from Scotland for a box of cashmere from China (gift from my aunt). A lot of airline mileage but no money exchanged.
Previous entries: Beginning (yarn story), Front and Back, Sleeves, Edging, Finishing
Modifications
1. To accommodate the heavy yarn, I followed the pattern for the smaller size, took out one braid panel (chart B) from each side of front and back (total four panels taken out) to make body narrower. 
2. Instead of fringe, I used the braid pattern (chart B) as edging on the bottom on the body.
3. I used the same braid pattern for neck band, and a simple 3 x 3 cable for the cuffs.

This is one of the more complex cable sweaters I've knitted. The construction and cables are straight forward and given the oversized look on the model I was ready for modifications. I was determined to use the Scottish wool for this pattern, even tho it's heavier than called for, and that brought on more adjustments. From this and couple of sweaters this year -- Peppermint Ginger, Light and Lacy -- I've learned how important finishing is in fitting. Knitting (and crochet) creates fabric, and finishing is the step to make the fabric into a garment fit a grow human's body. If you are a selfish knitter like me and mostly make things for yourself, you want them to fit! The tinkering doesn't scare me, I'm just glad it all worked out fine and  I'm happy with the result.

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18 comments:

WonderWhyGal said...

Absolutely stunning! Seeing it in process still doesn't prepare you for the finished sweater. I LOVE it!

Merry Christmas! Thank you for sharing your fiber arts adventures each week. You definitely inspire.

Kathryn Ray said...

I'm completely in love with that sweater!

Heather Woollove said...

You did it...and WOW...does that color ever look beautiful with your complexion! Have a very Merry Christmas, Vivian!!

Judy said...

FAbulous. YOU did a beautiful job on one of my favorite patterns. Merry Christmas and more great knitting in the new year.

AllyB said...

You are one of the fastest knitters I know! Your sweater is beautiful and a very nice color too. I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. Give that Rascal some pets for me.

Mami Dearest said...

Gorgeous! Wow....just wow....

Carol said...

Turned out beautifully! I love the color! Merry Christmas!

Chrisknits said...

It's beautiful. That's on my list of one of these days. But before that I have to finish the Beth B-R design I am doing. Should I be worried that my word veri word is "worry"? LOL

Lynn said...

Oh this is gorgeous!! You did a fantastic job. What an absolutely complex sweater this is!

Melissa Plank said...

Really gorgeous, your knitting is wonderful! Best wishes!

Voie de Vie said...

That really turned out smashingly well! Love, love, love those cables, and the slightly boxy shape. You'll be all set for those fogged-in SF bay mornings. :)

Vivian said...

Thank you ladies!

VdV, you are right about the mornings, this thing is incredibly warm!

fig said...

Nice! Good mods!

Spinster Beth said...

It's fabulous! I'm standing and applauding. And you beat me ... my monstrously cabled sweater is not done!

Pretty Mades said...

Wow! That's amazing!

Marie/Underground Crafter said...

What an awesome sweater, and a great use of bartered yarn!

Little Miss Adventure said...

Wow, that's an epic amount of cabling - it looks great!

Pumpkin said...

After you told me about it, I had to come and take a look at your St. Brigid. You have certainly knitted a work of art! I personally would be terrified to wear it because of the time and effort put into it, but it is so beautiful I wouldn't want to take it off!

Congratulations!