Thursday, February 23, 2012

Knit In Progress: Delancey

Delancey Yarn Pile
Despite the fact that I haven't been knitting much this month, I've surprisingly been able to keep up with the Delancey KAL that I had joined at the beginning of the month.  It took me a while (and a few rip outs) but I finally settled on which contrast colour to go with.  I decided that since I kept gravitating towards it that I should just go with the Hunter.  I think it'll go more with what I have in my closet and I was feeling pretty doubtful about whether or not if the Harbor would compliment my colouring anyways.  I did start knitting the first set of stripes by alternating the two colours but didn't like how it looked.  I think if I were to do something along those lines then I should do it in a tri-colour combination but I don't have another blue or green in the Capra base in my stash and didn't have the time to order any or I'd be too behind in the KAL.  So I tried knitting the stripes again using the Harbor, but it just didn't feel right.  Third time's a charm right?  The Hunter is definitely more my colour.  Sadly, on this third try I had knit both side panels and connected them before I decided to re-start the project.  I had started the stripes on the right side and was getting a weird hiccup along the points of the chevrons.  I didn't think much of it but couldn't figure out why my panels didn't look like everyone else's.  After reading the KAL's thread (which is here if you want to check it out) I realized that I should have started the stripes on the wrong side.  I could have left it as is, but I really liked how the stripes looked "un-broken" in the original.  So...


Yep.  I restarted the whole thing.  Luckily it only took me a day to get back to where I was.  This cardigan is definitely an interesting knit.  The construction is so different from what I'm used to that half of the time I had no idea what part I was knitting up!  I think that because of its unusual construction that you would need to be either adventurous or highly experienced (or both!) to alter this pattern in any way.  I'm just glad that the designer had posted on her website just how to shorten the cardigan without messing up the entire project!  Considering just how much I was messing up left and right on every and all projects that I've been working on this month, I think any attempt that I would have made would have just ended up in total disaster.  Thank you Alexis for saving my sanity and doing all the adjustments for me!

WIP - Delancey Stripes 2

We're only on week three of the KAL and already we've got the body knit up.  This week's goal is to have the right front and half of the upper back completed.  I'm hoping to get both fronts and the back done before the week is over and plan to sew up the shoulders over the weekend, just to give myself some extra breathing room next week and so I can try working on something else.  I always worry that I won't have enough yarn for a project and this time is no different.  Although I think I can breath a little easier now, knowing that I have almost the entire body knit and I've only used three of the eight balls of the Platinum color, and only half of one ball of the Hunter.  I don't think I'll be needing to track down more yarn in my dye lot at all.  Phew!

Ok, time to buckle up and get this week's goal ticked off the to-do list!


  1. ohh i love that cardi! it's totally in my que too!! and i'm soo loving the colours you've chosen! can't wait to see it when it's done! xo

  2. Ah its gorgeous! I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of knitting this in a charcoal grey with a highlighter shade stripe (fluro yellow?). Yours looks so wearable though, I may have to reconsider because I love grey and green a LOT! x


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