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Friday, April 29, 2005

ChicKnits New Threads Friday
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Martha
Design: Stella Smith (Rowan #37)
Yarn: Filatura di Crosa *Zara*
Color: #1660 Chartruese
Gauge: 22sts/31 rows over 4"
Needles: #3 & #6
Type: Hand Knit

This color is ALIVE! I am so glad it is getting to be warmer here, because this tropical hue is almost too HAPPY for those nasty SADD days we are gonna leave behind AS OF NOW...

MODS:
1. Changed gauge from 28/38 to 22/31 - made it one inch longer so it's pocket-top on me and adjusted as needed to fit my measurements.

2. Forgot to follow pattern for hem bands and needed to use provisional cast-ons for all pieces to add correct hem later..

3. Blanked out pattern instructions for front edge, which included a knit-in button band - added and sewed on button band after fronts were done. This actually worked out well - I used much smaller needles to knit it and it doen't pull as much as one knitted with the same size needles as the body would. WHEW!

4. Changed neckline from hard edge square, to slightly curved edge square. I have a seriously right-angled jawline and this softens the neckline towards my face without destroying the designs *look*.

5. Not a mod but: decided to use the multi-colored vintage buttons I was playing with early on with this cardi - they are really FUN! Might have to lose the yellow ones - their scalloped edges grab the buttonholes in a naughty way when buttoning...

...A special THANKS to Jessica over at Rose-Kim Knits for hosting the Martha KAL!!!

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