Ah, if only I was 16, going on 17, wouldn't my life be different...
But since I'm not, who might I be talking about? Why, Liesl of course!
Fastest.cardi.ever! (helped a bit by a few days off work - but still...)
I was so pleased with it I wore it to work today even though I haven't got buttons yet, but a lovely brooch serves a very nice closure purpose!
Pattern: Liesl by Ysolda Teague (Ravlink) (website link). This is a great versatile pattern, large range of sizes and a couple of options for necklines and sleeve lengths. And knit from the top down entirely seamlessly. What's not to love!
Yarn: 2.3 balls of Lion Cotton (each ball is about 140gm) in colour 133, Paprika. I love this colour! I did have some reservations about it in a garment for me, I did think there was a risk I might look like an orange. But I decided I didn't care. And I love it! And even better, I have these great earrings which I hardly ever wear which match perfectly! Squeeee!
Needles: 7mm KnitPicks Harmony Options.
Time: 11-25 February 2009 - see, I said it was a quick knit!
What I learnt: Top down seamless garments are the best!! The yoke part did feel like it took forever, until I put the sleeve stitches on holders. Then it was quicker. And when I finished the first ball of yarn, I did the sleeves in the round before I finished the body.
Modifications: I decided not to do the garter ridges in the feather and fan pattern all the way down the body and sleeves, as the pattern specifies. I decided that for the fuller figure, the extra lumps probably weren't a good idea! So I did 3 repeats with the ridge around the neck, the base of the sleeves and the bottom of the body, and I think it's a really nice feature.
And since I was having fun with the timer on the camera, I thought I'd better do a supermodel hunchy pose - although I'm not sure I quite got the hunch right!! I was trying to remember my neck!